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Support the California Health Equity & Racial Justice Fund

A legacy of structural racism and inadequate funding for community-based solutions has led to a disproportionate burden of largely preventable, pre-existing health, economic and community conditions, including a lack of affordable housing and a lack of stable, well-paying employment opportunities. Communities impacted by some or all of these conditions include: Latinx, Black, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Asian American, American Indian, LGBTQ+, and low-income Californians.

But we have an opportunity—and an imperative—to build back better. For our children, for our communities, and for our future.

Join PHI and partners in supporting the California Health Equity and Racial Justice Fund, which would establish an annual fund to support nonprofit clinics, tribal organizations and community-based organizations to identify and address the health and justice issues most important to them.

Join the movement: Act now

In May 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom released his revised 2022-23 budget proposal. PHI and our co-sponsors were deeply disappointed that the proposed budget once again omitted dedicated funding for the Health Equity and Racial Justice Fund, which had been supported earlier this year by the California Legislature. Read the full statement here.

We’re still fighting for the Fund and the communities it would support—here’s how you can help:

Podcast: Three Social Justice Leaders Share Their Views on The Struggle for the Health Equity & Racial Justice Fund

Community food projects and much more would be funded if we can place the Health Equity and Social Justice Fund in the California Budget. Mar Velez, Rod Lew and Ron Coleman, three veteran policy campaigners leading the charge, describe the fund, its uses and how we plan to win the Governor’s support, in this episode of Flipping the Table from PHI's Roots of Change.

More ways to take action

  • Join the network of supporters who are urging the Legislature & Governor Newsom to invest at least $100 million annually in a California Health Equity & Racial Justice Fund.
  • See media coverage from recent rallies across the state in support of the Fund.
  • Find out more about the Health Equity & Racial Justice Fund
Genoveva Islas speaking at HERJF rally in Sacramento

“We need the Health Equity and Racial Justice Fund because it’s the just and right thing to do,” said Genoveva Islas at a recent rally in Sacramento, where community members and partners joined together to call on Governor Newsom to support the Fund. See more media coverage.

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Follow Californians for a Health Equity Fund on Twitter at @CA_HealthEquity for updates and tag us to share your support.

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