Representative Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-NJ)
Congresswoman Watson Coleman received the Congressional Champion Award during the 2021 Advocacy Summit on Telehealth and Health Equity for leadership in improving access to health and mental health services for all Americans. Equity, diversity, and inclusion principles are grounded in all her work, which has focused on environmental violations, criminal justice reform, and ensuring that bias and discrimination is pushed out of accessing everyday needs. In March of 2021, she worked to reintroduce the Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act in the House of Representatives, which addresses disparities in access, care, and the study of mental health issues among people of color. APA Services commends her for introducing this bill that responds to the suicide emergency among Black youth, as well as so much of her past work, such as introducing bills that allow women to enroll in, or change, their health coverage if they become pregnant; amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in “public accommodations,” such as schools, recreational facilities and retail stores; and even make the purchase of diapers tax free.