“I’m running because I believe it’s time for a change,” she said. “The coronavirus has really laid the inequities of city government, and nowhere was that more glaring than in healthcare.”
Schulman has dedicated her personal and professional life to healthcare advocacy, which began with the HIV/AIDs movement after she saw her friends and neighbors pass away needlessly because of indifference.
“We’re seeing the same thing unfortunately with the coronavirus,” she said.
If elected, Schulman would work to add more hospital beds in Queens.
“One of the things I want to do is to make any land use or zoning applications do a hospital capacity assessment,” said Schulman.
The Committee of Interns and Residents and the New York State Nurses Association have endorsed Schulman’s campaign.
“I am a proponent of the Safe Staffing Act, which will make sure that there are adequate number of nurses in terms of the patient population they have to serve,” Schulman said.
She is currently working with the Committee of Interns and Residents and Congresswoman Grace Meng’s office on expanding the number of residency programs.
Schulman has also been holding events and rallies to combat the spike in anti-Asian violence, as well as hosting a virtual town halls with experts discussing what can be done to curbe the spike in incidences.
“At one forum with Grace Meng, the issue came up that in the AAPI community it’s very difficult to find physicians who speak their language, understand their culture,” she said. “In particular, they were talking about the lack of psychiatrists.”
Another key issue Schulman wants to focus on is small businesses and hosting a roundtable discussion to figure how to better serve them.
“I would support legislation to make sure that small businesses are able to negotiate their leases to stay where they are,” she said. “I want to help them with marketing, making sure people shop locally.”