DearColleague.us

Letter

Sending Office: Honorable Jesus G. “Chuy” Garcia
Sent By:
Lanette.Garcia@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Become an Original Cosponsor of the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) of 2020

Sign on by using
THIS FORM

Deadline: Monday, April 27th COB

Current Cosponsors: (31) Pressley, Chu, Richmond, Espaillat, Vela, Vargas, Diaz Barragán, Roybal-Allard, Soto, Tlaib, Higgins, Huffman, Green, Holmes Norton, Garcia (TX), Takano, Serrano, Jackson Lee, Beatty,
Bishop, Thompson (MS), Lewis, Wilson (FL), Sewell, Gomez, Moore, Carson, Lee (CA), Davis (CA), Sablan, Hayes

Endorsing Organizations: (138) UnidosUS, Families USA, American Public Health Association, NAACP, National Immigration Law Center, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Planned Parenthood Federation
of America, National Health Law Program (NHeLP), Community Catalyst, Trust for America’s Health, National Women’s Law Center, National Women’s Health Network, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, Asian
& Pacific Islander American Health Forum, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), National Partnership for Women & Families, American Federation of Teachers, American Kidney Fund, National Coalition for LGBT Health, Center for Reproductive
Rights, National Center for Transgender Equality, Black AIDS Institute, Justice in Aging, American Psychological Association, Coalition for Disability Health Equity, American Association on Health and Disability, Society for Public Health Education, Campaign
for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Muslim Health Professionals, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL), Lakeshore Foundation, United Way, National Patient Advocate Foundation, Association
of Minority Health Profession Schools, Heartland Alliance, American Society of Nephrology, Drug Policy Alliance, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Coalition on Human Needs, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Asian Health
Coalition, Equality California, Silver State Equality-Nevada, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), Impetus – Let’s Get Started LLC, Hepatitis B Foundation, Hep B United Philadelphia, Hep B United, Hepatitis B Initiative of
Washington, D.C., NASTAD, Robert G Gish Consultants LLC, Prevention Institute, Global Liver Institute, Community Education Group, CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers, Prevention Access Campaign, DC Fights Back, G III Associates, URGE: Unite for Reproductive
& Gender Equity, Hearts on a Wire, TruEvolution, Hepatitis Education Project, AIDS Project of the East Bay, Bienestar Human Services, Face to Face, AIDS Alabama, Desert AIDS Project, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network,
Fijate Bien/MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights, CAEAR Coalition, Divine Truth, San Francisco Hepatitis C Task Force, Christie’s Place, Congregation of Our Lady of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces, American Academy of HIV Medicine, Hepatitis
C Association, Cascade AIDS Project, The AIDS Institute, The Praxis Project, Alivio Medical Center, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee on Anti-Poverty of San Diego County, Inc., The 6:52 Project Foundation, Inc.,
Diversity Research and Consulting Group, Inc., The Wall Las Memorias Project, AVAC, Midwest Asian Health Association, Ibero American Action League, Verner Center for Early Learning Early Head Start, Mercy Housing and Human Development, LULAC-IL, Illinois Migrant
Council, GoodWorks: North Alabama Harm Reduction, La Maestra Family Clinic, Inc., Harm Reduction Coalition of San Diego County, San Ysidro Health, Chicano Federation of San Diego County, Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA), Muslim Caucus
of America, Eastmont Community Center, El Centro Hispano, Inc., Hispanic Unity of Florida, Inc., ACCESS, Congregation of Our Lady of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces, National Harm Reduction Coalition, El Centro de la Raza, Working Partnerships USA, Treatment
Action Group, Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy, & Research Organization (CLLARO), Mexican American Unity Council, Inc., Asian Center – Southeast Michigan, Michigan League for Public Policy, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Any Positive Change Inc.,
Casa Familiar, People For the American Way, Equality North Carolina, North Carolina AIDS Action Network, Lanai Community Health Center, The Pride Center at Equality Park, First Focus Campaign for Children, Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment,
East Bay Getting to Zero, New Life Bowls, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Health Equality, Forward Together Action, Enlace Chicago, APLA Health, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Advocates for Youth, Human Impact Partners, Society of Practitioners
of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA)

Dear Colleague,

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is disproportionately affecting communities of color – including Latino, African American, and Asian American communities – who already face exacerbated risk factors for health inequities.  This unprecedented public health
crisis underscores the health disparities and racial inequities that have existed in the U.S. health care system for many years.  Most importantly, it points to the need to implement a comprehensive and strategic plan to improve the health and well-being of
communities of color through a health equity perspective, which the Health Equity Accountability Act (HEAA) puts forth.

HEAA 2020 provides critical federal resources and establishes policies and infrastructure to eliminate long-standing health inequities.  HEAA tackles health disparities through various ways including:

  • Data collection and reporting
  • Culturally and linguistically appropriate health care
  • Health workforce diversity
  • Improved and expanded health care services, including for rural areas
  • Special attention to minority women, children and families
  • Mental health
  • High-impact minority diseases
  • Health information technology, accountability and evaluation
  • Social determinants and environmental justice

This year, the CHC and I partnered with UnidosUS and 30 plus community organizations to update the bill to reflect the latest, most comprehensive legislative approaches to achieving health equity.  Previous iterations of HEAA have been supported by over
350 health and minority advocacy organizations.

For the past 17 years, the Congressional Tri-Caucus – comprised of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) – has led to the introduction of the Health Equity
and Accountability Act (HEAA).   

Since its initial introduction, HEAA has resulted in key legislative proposals that have been passed into law – such as the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA), the creation of the Office of Minority Health, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and
the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. 

Please join me as an original co-sponsor to show your support for this pivotal and timely health equity legislation using this Google
Form
 by Monday, April 27th COB. If you have questions, please contact Lanette García (Lanette.Garcia@mail.house.gov). Thank you for your consideration. 

 

Sincerely,

Jesús G. “Chuy” García 

Member of Congress

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