- These bills require each county to have a dedicated minority health liaison to ensure health equity across the state. The liaison will be responsible for making sure counties are implementing statewide policies relating to health equity.
- These bills will require the Florida Office of Minority Health and Health Equity to coordinate with established health liaisons and county-level health departments to address disparities. The office will gather data and publish reports on health equity at the state and county levels. It will also identify areas in need of improvement.
- These bills require the Florida Office of Minority Health and Health Equity to develop and promote the statewide implementation of policies, programs, and practices that increase health equity in this state, including increased access to and quality of health care services for racial and ethnic minority populations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a lack of equity in health care throughout the United States. One in every 1,000 Black Americans died of COVID-19 in 2020. Black Americans are 1.4 times more likely to be infected with COVID-19, 3.7 times more likely to be hospitalized once infected, and 2.8 times more likely to die of the virus.
Non-Hispanic Black Americans are also five times more likely to suffer infant mortality than white Americans.
These bills are a vital step toward mending racial disparities in healthcare access in the State of Florida.
Vote YES on SB404 / HB183 to increase health equity across Florida.