Jon Challenges the Slow Pace of Change in the State House
Making the case for new blood in the office, Boston Medical Center physician Jonathan Santiago expresses frustration with the slow pace of change in the state’s House of Representatives, which has held up progressive legislation that sailed through the Senate, such as a recent school funding bill and a comprehensive environmental protection bill that aimed to expand the state’s use of renewable energy.
“I think we can do better,” Santiago says. “The Senate has moved forward, but the House has not.”
Jon Demands Action to Help Puerto Rico Recover from Hurricane Maria
Is Puerto Rico ready for the next hurricane season, which started June 1? A new report from the Harvard School of Public Health estimates 4,600 people were killed by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. “[This issue] has been largely ignored by the media,” said Dr. Jon Santiago in a television appearance.
State Rep Candidate Santiago Endorsed by New Politics
New Politics, the national organization that recruits and supports national service leaders and military veterans for elected office, this week endorsed Dr. Jon Santiago in his campaign for state representative in Massachusetts’ Ninth Suffolk District.
Democrats Face Push from Left
Jamaica Plain Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez and South End Rep. Byron Rushing are facing their first challengers in years. Rushing’s opponent, Jonathan Santiago, is a physician working at Boston Medical Center who is active in progressive causes and in the Ward 9 Democratic Committee. Sanchez’s opponent, Nika Elugardo, a former legislative aide to Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, has led anti-human-trafficking and youth violence prevention campaigns.
Santiago Will Challenge for State Representative in 9th Suffolk
For the South End’s Dr. Jon Santiago, the path from Peace Corps activist to Army Reserve captain to Emergency Room doctor, and now, to candidate for state representative makes perfect sense.
All four are about doing whatever he can to help others, he said.
This week, Santiago – the former vice chair of the Ward 4 Democratic Committee, a community activist and an emergency room doctor at Boston Medical Center (BMC) – announced that he will take that fourth step in his unique path by running for state representative in the 9th Suffolk District – a seat now held by long-time State Rep. Byron Rushing.
Doctors in Training Gain Access to Prescription Database
Doctors in training will soon be able to access the state’s database that keeps track of prescriptions for powerful drugs, after the health department last week closed a loophole seen as hindering the fight against opioid abuse.
The database, known as the Prescription Monitoring Program, lists every prescription for controlled substances filled in Massachusetts….
“It think it’s great,” said Dr. Jon Santiago, a first-year resident in emergency medicine at Boston Medical Center. “I see patients all the time asking for opiates. . . . Residents by and large are some of the biggest opiate prescribers in the larger hospitals in Boston.”
Santiago is a member of the Committee of Interns and Residents, a union that petitioned Governor Charlie Baker to change the rules so residents could consult the prescription database.
Jon Stands Up for LGBTQ Equality and Inclusion
In the South End, Dr. Jon Santiago blasted the decision to exclude gay veterans, even if parade organizers reversed it. Santiago is a resident physician in emergency medicine at Boston Medical Center and a captain in the US Army Reserves.
Santiago said it was time to end the long debate over whether gays people should have the right to march in the South Boston parade.
He criticized organizers for allowing members who are not veterans to cast votes against those who served in the armed forces.
“The fact that they’re shaming veterans who put their lives on the line, it’s a pity,” said Santiago.