Every Texan supports HB 4139 relating to the Office for Health Equity.
The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately burdening Black and Hispanic Texans and has magnified long-standing health inequities for communities of color. Texas should take meaningful actions to reduce racial, ethnic, and other inequities. To build the foundation for that work, the state should equip an Office for Health Equity within HHSC, as HB 4139 does, to develop and implement strategies to reduce health inequities in partnership with state agencies and communities.
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This testimony was co-authored by Every Texan research & data director Amy Knop-Narbutis and senior policy analyst Stacey Pogue.