Kinsey supports the COVID-19 Public Health Equity Initiative

PHILADELPHIA, May 16 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., said he supports the COVID-19 Public Health Equity Initiative that comes from the American Rescue Plan.

PHEI recognizes the impact the pandemic has had on underserved communities (largely communities of color) and makes strategic investments to ensure these disproportionately impacted communities and populations have access to public health services necessary to respond to and recover from the pandemic.

Today, House and Senate Democrats held a news conference at the Dr. Ala Stanford Center for Health Equity. They proposed a plan to the governor to use funds from the American Rescue Plan for the public health initiative.

“The pandemic has maximized the health care disparities that exist across the commonwealth, and United States as a whole,” Kinsey said. “This proposal would address multiple facets of the disparity and work towards providing access to public health services and resources. Quality health care is a necessity that everybody deserves access to.”

The initiative proposes a total of $12.85 million and would distribute these funds into four categories: health equity grants, mobile health clinics, trauma grants and school-based health centers.

Kinsey serves as the Democratic chair of the Subcommittee of Public Health on the House Health Committee and as Subcommittee chair of Health and Equity in the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.