Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard Releases Statement on National Public Health Week

Statement

Date: April 5, 2022
Location: Washington, DC

"During this National Public Health Week, we are recommitting ourselves to the responsibility of improving and protecting the health and well-being of all populations, especially the most vulnerable, including children, the elderly, the poor, and the underserved," said Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard.

"For the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the existing social inequalities and health disparities within the communities where we live, work, and play. To ensure the health and well-being of all it remains critical that we continue to investigate disease determinants and risks, improve health care quality and delivery, and influence policy. Public health officials are convening this week over several themes to address the challenges our health care system faces. This includes racism and climate change as social determinants of health. Addressing these important factors can help us improve our safety and security, economic strength and overall quality of life. They are also championing community collaboration, healthcare accessibility, climate justice and an end to racism in healthcare."

"Public health must emphasize prevention and embrace collective, multifaceted action by health practitioners and researchers if it is to adequately respond to emerging health challenges. I sincerely wish to thank the Public Health Officials who continue to be deeply committed to a public health paradigm that employs a spectrum of interventions aimed at the environment, human behavior, lifestyle, and medical care that advances the health and well-being of the American people."

"It has been a distinct honor and great privilege to serve as the Co-Chair and Founder of the Congressional Public Health Caucus for the past 15 years. Throughout the years, this body has repeatedly fought for the passage of federal policies that facilitate improved overall health for the American people. Congress maintains a duty and responsibility to formulate and fund policy initiatives that continues this work and promotes the public health of all people."


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