Synopsis: Hospitals and nursing homes set tight restrictions on visitors, a step pretty common in states, hospitals and nursing homes, to prevent the spread of a virus. During these restrictions disables, special populations, elderly and even those who could not give informed consent were becoming increasingly disturbing. Complaints for discriminatory health care policies were being filed with perspective states health and human services departments, depicting stories of abuse such as being tied down and sedated, denied treatment, and use of end of life decisions without family participation. How does this happen in America?
There is a seriously flawed national medical system that creates loopholes that allow harm of patients to go without accountability. We are facing a major crisis but we hear no sound of relief. There comes a time when endurance runs over and men are no longer willing to be plunged into an abyss of injustice where they experience the bleakness of corroding despair. I hope, my medical community, can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience, and the challenges of racism in healthcare.
Deirdre D. Dickson- Gilbert is a phenomenal woman with a phenomenal story. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas, the only daughter of Lovella “Hayes” Dickson. At an early age she was exposed to the arts and desired to emulate those who dominated center stage.
Her mother was a key influence in her life, as a community activist she exposed Deirdre to the many facets of living a successful life as a public servant. Combine that with Deirdre’s mastery of writing books, plays, and songs and you have the makings of a 21st Century Renaissance woman.
In 2007, Deirdre released her first book entitled “Can I Just Have a Little Bit? A Little Bit of What! She is an avid speaker for groups such as book clubs, churches, and professional, civic and community organizations. She has been featured in Saved Magazine along with other powerful women in ministry such as Joyce Meyers, Beautifully Said Magazine, and African American Newspaper and featured in Bronze Magazine. She has been mentioned in Harper’s Magazine by Ralph Nader a strong advocate for justice. Deirdre received professional recognition in Women on the Move section of the Houston Business Journal. She has been mentioned in Washington Post, Stat News and several online publications. Deirdre debuted in her first stage play “What a Man What a Man,” produced, written and directed by acclaimed gospel artist Mona Moore.
The first love of her life, her daughter Jocelyn, is the inspiration for her latest memoir, “Momma, Help Me Please.” It is a touching story recounting her 22-year fight for her daughter’s right to life. Out of this is a docu-series that is in pre-production “The Jocelyn Dickson Story.” In honor of her daughter, she has become an advocate for families with children who have C.H.A.R.G.E. Syndrome and those who have experienced medical negligence. She is the founder of the Jocelyn Dickson Foundation that supports and promotes scholarships for students who pursue a medical career as well as supporting children with disabilities. She is also the National Director for National Medical Malpractice Advocacy Association that she started in 2013. She was instrumental in getting the 1st proclamation in 2013 recognizing July as Medical Malpractice Month. Since then the organization has been given recognition from State of Missouri Governor Jeremiah W. Nixon, State of Colorado John Hickenlooper, and State of Georgia Nathan Deal. The organization has also received several congressional, state and local recognition. Deirdre also created the first PSA that aired on Harkins movie screens across the states September 2016, promoting and educating the public on “Preventable Medical Mistakes.” In 2019 NMMAA received the 1st Enrolled House Resolution 86 (R) HR 614 recognized by the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas Legislature recognizing July as Medical Malpractice Month.
This journey began with the struggle for justice for her daughter who succumbed to medical negligence. Twenty-two (22) years her daughter fought valiantly to win every medical challenge known to man, but that was no value to society. NMMAA a non-partisan educational organization was created to promote transparency, integrity in the medical profession, and accountability. Through our educational endeavor, NMMAA advocates high standards of ethics and morality ensuring non-abuse of powers entrusted to the profession by the American people. Deirdre simply says, “This is our ultimate goal.” As National Director, Deirdre provides overall leadership and strategic direction for the organization and manages the staff and volunteers nationally. This journey also led to the first Blog Talk Show “Life” Radio Show that focused on “victims” of medical malpractice and then rebranded with another show called “Med/Mal Radio Show-What’s Your Verdict.”
Deirdre reached a milestone when she was asked to speak at the Whistleblower’s Summit in Washington, DC 2016 and 2019 at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings about the devastating effects of medical malpractice. She also spearheaded the nation’s 1st Medical Malpractice Conference that convened medical professionals, attorneys, civil rights leaders, social justice organizations, patient safety advocates and legislative leaders. She also reached another milestone when she threw her hat in the political ring and decided to run for Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2, Fort Bend County. Although unsuccessful but not by far, she plans to run again in the future. Deirdre has made many milestones with The National Medical Malpractice advocacy Association, having H.R. 614 resolution filed in the Texas Legislature, recognizing Medical Malpractice in the State of Texas. In addition Deirdre created a new initiative “The Medical Malpractice Right to Justice Project’s mission is to assist those harmed by medical negligence who’s cases never were heard in a court of law, and to bring these cases before a court based on evidence ranging from misstated/understated or erroneous death certificates, misstated/understated/overstated or erroneous expert reports, altered or falsified medical records, existence of individual, hospital, physician, institutional agencies conflict of interest.
Deirdre has worked tirelessly with The Government Accountability Project, The Black Heritage Society, Greater Houston Coalition for Justice, Make It Safe Campaign, The National Association for Probate Reform & Advocacy, NAACP-Health Chair Committee Missouri City Chapter, NAACP-Fort Bend-Wharton Chapter, National Action Network to create the first medical malpractice health initiative, National Congress of Black Women, and State of Texas Sunset Advisory Committee and has recently been appointed as 1st Vice chair of the Ft. Bend/Wharton NAACP . Deirdre says that she wants NMMAA to be the voice for all Americans. Deirdre is married to Kurt Gilbert and has a stepson Kameron Gilbert.