Gov. Wolf, Lt. Gov. Fetterman: New Task Force for Health Disparity to Address How COVID-19 Affects Minorities

first_imgGov. Wolf, Lt. Gov. Fetterman: New Task Force for Health Disparity to Address How COVID-19 Affects Minorities SHARE Email Facebook Twitter African American Affairs,  Asian Pacific American Affairs,  Latino Affairs,  Press Release,  Public Health Amid growing concern for how COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting minority populations in the state and adding to existing health disparity issues, today Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman announced the creation of a COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity that will help communicate issues with how the pandemic is affecting the state’s minority and vulnerable populations.“We know of instances in Pennsylvania where major COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred in vulnerable communities, including ones where people do not speak English,” Gov. Wolf said. “We’re working to improve our data collection so we can get a better statistical understanding of how the virus has affected different groups of people. The Lieutenant Governor will be chairing a new Health Disparity Task Force that will work to identify short- and long-term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in our vulnerable communities.”The Task Force is comprised of members of the Wolf Administration, led by Lt. Gov. Fetterman and including the executive directors of each of the governor’s five commissions representing minority populations, members of the Department of Health’s Health Equity Response team and those that serve as the contact for stakeholders, constituents and legislators on issues and concerns surrounding health disparity in Pennsylvania’s vulnerable communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.In addition to multiple information-gathering meetings each week, this working group will proactively reach out to leaders in these communities to collect feedback, ideas, and general comments on this issue.The goal of the task force is to prepare recommendations to the governor that will address the short- and long-term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state’s minority and vulnerable communities.“It’s unconscionable for Black, Hispanic, and Asian-Pacific Pennsylvanians to be hit harder by this pandemic, which has highlighted the systemwide inequity that already existed in these communities,” said Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman. “It’s our job to keep all Pennsylvanians safe, and we need to reach into these communities and create a line of communication straight to the governor, so we can stop the spread of COVID-19.”The Department of Health releases daily data on those affected with COVID-19, but data on race has been in short supply.“Currently we are missing that vital race information from approximately 70% of the data we are receiving from providers,” said Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of the Department of Health. “Yesterday we issued a reminder to hospitals and other providers that it is mandatory to report race data. We need to gather this information for a complete picture of how the virus is affecting black or African-American, Hispanic and other vulnerable communities. An increase in reporting race data means less anecdotal evidence and more facts to rely on for accurately tracking where and how we can best serve our minority populations.”“By working proactively with leaders of different communities across our commonwealth, we can better ensure nobody gets left out as we start to recover from this crisis,” Gov. Wolf said. “We all need to continue to work together to get through this pandemic. We need to continue to care for one another. We need to continue to support each other. And we need to continue to be mindful of how our actions affect others.”View this information in Spanish.center_img April 15, 2020last_img read more

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Second edition of Social Media Games slated for August 27

first_imgThe second edition of the annual Social Media Games dubbed “The Hood Edition” is set to come off on Saturday August, 27 at the Wembley Sports Complex, Kotobabi.The event which is one of the most sought-after events on the calendar of the youth especially social media users.  The game aims at fostering peace and togetherness amongst the youth from various communities ahead of this year’s election.It will also be used to create an avenue for socialization, meet-up, establish business contacts and a reunion for long lost friends.Organised by Hypenationgh, the event will see individuals from different communities who are hooked onto social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube, Google Hangout among others coming together to form teams to compete with each other for honours.Games to be competed for includes an 8-aside football challenge, an 8-aside finals for ladies, ampe, snooker, lime & spoon, volleyball, table tennis, tug of peace as well as a rap battle, photoshoot and open jam section after the games. According to the coordinator for the games, Francis Aryee, the first edition held at the Ajax Park, University Of Ghana last year left many asking for more and they are looking forward to this year’s edition.“We want to use this year’s edition event to preach the message of peaceful election to the youth as the election 2016 approaches,” he said.“The youth makes up the larger chunk of voters and they are very vulnerable when it comes to elections as some politicians target and use them to cause chaos during the period. We want to use this games to preach to them that there are a better thing to life than being used as a tool for violence,” he added.He noted that there would be peace messages from prominent personalities, politicians, leaders of the youth groups in the various communities as well as some presidential hopefuls to further drum home the need for absolute peace during the December polls.He further revealed that in all, at least 20 teams will be involved in the one-day sports extravaganza and will see teams being formed online by individual leaders from the various communities (Hood). Trophies and products from sponsors would be awarded from 1st to 3rd positions respectively with the other participating teams receiving souvenirs from sponsors as well.There would be an hour of pure aerobics for all to kick start the games.last_img read more

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