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Advocates echo the need for Governor to fund health equity and racial justice

Grassroots community leaders, public health and racial justice advocates came together during a virtual press conference on June 8th to urge Gov. Newsom to support the California Health Equity and Racial Justice Fund (HERJ Fund).  PHI stands with more than 200 organizations who support the Fund which would support community-based organizations in reducing health disparities and addressing the public health impacts of systemic racism.  

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“On June 8, community leaders, public health advocates and racial justice groups convened for a virtual press event to urge Gov. Gavin Newsom to support the Health Equity and Racial Justice Fund (HERJ Fund).

The initiative supports community-based organizations addressing the underlying social, environmental and economic factors that limit people’s opportunities to be healthy — such as poverty, violence and trauma, environmental hazards, and access to affordable housing and healthy food. Health advocates would also address longstanding California problems related to health equity and racial justice problems.

The fund cleared a significant hurdle last week when the State Legislature included $75 million in their joint budget proposal. This means both the Assembly and Senate support the HERJ Fund and they will go into negotiations with the governor to seek his support to approve it.

‘Our state boasts a staggering $97 billion budget surplus. If not now, when? Given the devastating impact of racism on the health and well-being of Californians of color it’s a travesty of the highest order that racial justice isn’t even mentioned in the Governor’s budget proposal,’ said Ron Coleman, Managing Director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network.

Attendees were encouraged to contact the Governor’s office and the Legislature to keep the pressure on them to include the fund. You can visit herjfund.org to learn more about the proposal and the effort to include it in the state budget.”

Read the full article by clicking on the link below.

Originally published by The Sacramento Observer


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