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A Statement on Equitable Health Access

6-19-2020 Feature Story:

The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers is unwavering in its commitment to unrestricted access to healthcare for all individuals no matter their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, income level or insurance status.

Our nation's unmatched struggles with racial injustice and the coronavirus outbreak have brought to light the unequal burden that so many of our communities -- including LGBTQ people -- continue to bear. We already know these inequities greatly contribute to poor health outcomes; eliminating nondiscrimination protections in healthcare, including those impacting transgender individuals, will not only worsen health status, but also undermine efforts to protect the public health as people are discouraged from seeking needed healthcare. It is only with protection from discrimination that we can effectively prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other epidemics, including HIV/AIDS and substance use disorders.

Massachusetts 52 community health center organizations will remain a safe place for individuals from all walks of life to access a wide variety of health care services in ways suited to their needs and without discrimination

James W. Hunt, Jr., President & CEO
Sue Joss, Board Chair; President & CEO, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center




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