We know that race and socioeconomic status are factors that can determine one’s overall health, and the inequities in our health and social safety net systems often lead to poorer health outcomes for our low-income neighbors and communities of color. Many individuals in either our communities of color or low-income neighborhoods are more likely to suffer from a chronic health condition and face systemic barriers to accessing affordable, quality health care. The COVID-19 crisis only exacerbates these disparities. I am proud to join Mayor Libby Schaaf, Assembly member Rob Bonta, and Dr. Tony Iton of the California Endowment in co-chairing the Racial Disparities Task Force to address racial equity in our COVID-19 responses and long-term systems changes. I invite you to join us on Thursday, May 14th at 6 PM for the first Virtual Public Hearing of the Racial Disparities Task Force. Read this week’s update for more information on attending.

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