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Statement by APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD
Washington, D.C., Nov. 29, 2018 — “APHA applauds the introduction of the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2018 in the Senate. Creating health equity is a guiding priority and core value of APHA, and this legislation provides an opportunity to address long-persisting disparities that have hindered progress towards achieving this goal.
“The Health Equity and Accountability Act would correct deficiencies in data collection and reporting, advocate for culturally appropriate health care, improve health workforce diversity, improve health care access, address mental health and take many more actions to improve health equity.
“APHA thanks the public health champions in Congress who have supported this bill, including Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, who introduced the measure in the Senate this week, and Rep. Barbara Lee, who introduced the House version earlier this year. We look forward to working with Congress to make this legislation a reality.”
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