Strengthening Health Systems
“Of all forms of injustice, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the health disparities that persist in the District of Columbia and the vulnerabilities of our health systems. African Americans represent 74% of COVID-19 deaths, yet only make up 46% of the city’s population. Barbara will confront health disparities, demand federal investment in minority health initiatives and advance the socio-economic policies needed to level the playing field.
Strengthening the capacity and capability of the District of Columbia’s health systems to respond to public health emergencies is critical. Barbara will fight to preserve the Affordable Care Act and increase federal funding in the city’s health care infrastructure to a level that reflects its national role in responding to public health emergencies.