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COVID-19 Recommendations to Advance Racial and Health Equity

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.

The letter which includes five recommendations, urges Governor Newsom to ensure:

  • COVID-19 information is tailored to the state’s diverse communities
  • COVID-19 testing and treatment is available to all Californians throughout the state
  • Providers who serve communities of color are properly supported
  • Preventive mental and oral health care treatment and recovery services are available and publicized
  • The safety-net, social and economic wellbeing of our most disadvantaged communities is addressed immediately and beyond the COVID-19 crisis

CPEHN also issued a companion letter to the state’s Congressional delegation urging Congress to act immediately on a follow-up COVID-19 stimulus package that better addresses the needs of the state’s diverse communities who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

In the coming weeks, CPEHN and our partners will be holding meetings with policymakers to discuss our policy recommendations. Read the full letter here

For more information, contact Linda Tenerowicz at: or (916) 447-1299 ext. 102. 

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