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CPEHN Statement

CPEHN stands in solidarity with our Black community members across California and the country that are standing up and fighting for their lives. We recommit to showing up for Black communities, to supporting not just with our words but also with our actions. And we say unequivocally that Black Lives Matter.

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The California Pan-Ethnic Health Network and 30 partner organizations, issued a letter and call to action to Governor Newsom in response to recent stories both nationally and in California that have revealed stark disparities in disease burden and outcomes for Black, Indigenous and Persons of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, Limited-English Proficient (LEP) individuals, LGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities in our state including new state data that shows that 12% of COVID-related deaths are African American.

State Budget

On May 14th, Governor Newsom released his May Revise announcing an unprecedented shortfall of $54 billion in response to COVID-19. The proposal continues to include important provisions for low-income communities of color, specifically maintaining the minimum wage increase schedule and expanding job protected paid family leave to more workers.

New Resources!

Despite gains in the number of Californians enrolled into health care coverage, disparities in health outcomes for communities of color are persistent. Over the past year, CPEHN conducted a number of focus groups across the state with the goal to engage diverse stakeholders including communities of color, LGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities, in meaningful discussions regarding their experiences accessing health care in order to ensure more equitable health outcomes. Our focus group findings and community stories highlight stark disparities and fundamental barriers in accessing care.