Brown, Booker, Harris Introduce Senate Resolution Declaring
WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 22, 2020, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced a Senate Resolution to declare racism a public health crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has been the great revealer – underscoring the racial disparities that continue to pervade public health as a direct result of systemic racism. Barriers to quality health care access, housing, jobs, wages and so much else contribute to stark health disparities for communities of color. This virus has proven especially lethal for those communities – the infection, hospitalization, and mortality rates are disproportionately high among Black, Latino, and AI/AN populations. Data show 22 percent of COVID-19 patients are Black, when Black people make up 13 percent of the entire population, and 33 percent of COVID-19 patients are Latino, when they make up just 18 percent of the entire population. Representative Jahana Hayes (D-CT-5) will introduce companion legislation in the House of Representatives.
A Lawyers Role in Alleviating Inequities Through Advocacy
In this election year and in light of the fallout from the Coronavirus outbreak, it is an important time to reflect on the need for legislative advocacy on behalf of the African American community for health inclusion.
This is an article Published in the National Bar Association (NBA) Health Law Section.
(The National Bar Association is the oldest and largest national association of predominantly African American lawyers and judges.)
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