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114th Congress Priorities

  1. Defend the Affordable Care Act against repeal and dismantling attempts.  Support full implementation of the ACA;
  2. Listen to the People: Engage health stakeholders and generate two, five and 10-year goals for health priorities;
  3. Foster Strategic Relationships With Vulnerable Communities to increase health awareness, reduce medical redlining, and explore methods of alternative care that benefit communities;
  4. Coordinate with State Offices of Health to identify federal legislative opportunities that serve as an adjunct to their efforts;
  5. Commission goal oriented/data driven research around disparities and social determinants;
  6. Raise Awareness on African American Women’s Healthcare: Advance research with respect to life-threatening diseases such as breast and cervical cancers, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV;
  7. Promote African American Men’s Health: Provide access to health care and health information that will ultimately promote healthier lifestyles for black men.  Support efforts geared toward reducing HIV/AIDS, prostate cancer, heart disease, kidney disease and stroke in black men;
  8. Addressing Mental Illness in Minority Communities:  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in four adults experience mental illness in a given year and nearly 14 million live with a serious mental illness (SMI) like bipolar disorder, major depression or schizophrenia.
  9. Examining Gun Violence as a Public Health Epidemic: Firearm violence is not only a criminal justice threat, but also a public health threat. Violent behavior often exhibits characteristics of an epidemic disease in the way it clusters and spreads.  It directly impacts the health of those involved and negatively impacts the physical and mental well-being of others who are exposed to it;
  10. Lay the Legislative and Community Foundation to Achieving Health Equity in a Generation:  Design a blueprint to realize the goal of achieving health equity in a generation. Tailor health strategies for different age groups;