Health Equity Solutions advocates for change through legislation, regulatory actions, and ensuring that decision-makers are aware of key health equity priorities in CT.
*In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have shifted our focus to centering health equity in the emergency response. You can find up to date COVID-19 & Health Equity here.
The senseless and continuous deaths of and violence against people of color at the hands of police and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on people of color in Connecticut have laid bare the historic and ever-present impact racism has and is having in our society. It’s time we recognize racism as the public health crisis it is. Health Equity Solutions (HES) calls on our leaders in the cities and towns throughout Connecticut to declare racism a public health crisis/emergency.
Declaring racism to be a public health crisis or emergency offers a clear path to intentionally acknowledging and addressing disparities and inequities. Adopting an ordinance can catalyze and authorize data analysis, policy analysis to prevent unintentional injustices, and implementation of policies and actions to dismantle and course-correct problematic systems.
How is racism a public health emergency?
As a result of the trauma inflicted by racism and the purposeful disinvestment in their social and economic well-being, people of color live with disproportionately higher cortisol levels, higher rates of chronic stress, higher rates chronic disease, lower infant birth rates, higher rates of COVID-19 infection and death, and pay the ultimate price with their lives.
Interested in getting this started in your city or town? Contact Karen Siegel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
2020 Legislative Session
Testimony Regarding H.B. 5018 An Act Concerning Health Care Cost Growth in Connecticut, S.B. 328 An Act Concerning Benchmarks, Canadian Drug Reimportation, Stop-Loss Insurance and Reinsurance, and S.B. 346 An Act Concerning Public Options for Health Care in Connecticut
Testimony Regarding S.B. No. 201, An Act Establishing a Task Force to Study Health Insurance and Health Care Inequity in This State and H.B. No. 5251, An Act Establishing a Task Force To Study Health Insurance Coverage for Undocumented Immigrants in This State
Testimony Regarding S.B. 397: An Act Promoting Employment Advancement and the Economy by Addressing the Benefits Cliff and Testimony Regarding H.B. 5445: An Act Concerning Nonemergency Medical Transportation for Medicaid Beneficiaries
2019 Legislative Session
2018 Legislative Session