Health disparities focus of Pa. Legislative Black Caucus, Policy Committee hearing

PHILADELPHIA, July 10 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at Einstein Medical Center to discuss the preventable differences in health care experienced by socially disadvantaged populations.  

Kinsey requested the hearing to discuss how health care providers and community stakeholders can work together to reduce the burden of disease, injury, and violence to improve community health.

“At a time when health care technology is advancing at exponential rates, people should not be dying from not having the medicine they need,” explained Kinsey, D-Phila. “It’s important that we work together to overcome to eliminate disparities and make sure that regardless of where people live or how much money they make, that they’ll have quality access to health care. Ultimately, it will strengthen our communities and workforce.”

Testifiers include Theodore A. Christopher, MD, FACEP, Director of Office of Health Equity, Immediate Past President, Pennsylvania Medical Society; Rohit Gulati, MD, FACP, MBA, FACHE, Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Einstein Health Care Network; Dr. Howard LuVice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Health Partners Plans; David Saunders, Director of Office of Health Equity, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Raynard Washington, Chief Epidemiologist, Philadelphia Department of Public Health; Laura Handel, Managing Attorney with Medical Legal Partnership; Sue Swift, RN, President of the Saint Christopher’s Hospital, and member of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals; and Carla LeCoin, RN, Nurse for Maternal Infant Department, and member of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals.

The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first, good jobs, healthcare access, quality schools and jobs training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com.

Hearing testimony and video will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee. For more information about the PLBC, go to www.pahouse.com/plbc.