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Urging fast action on COVID-19 priorities in the 117th Congress

APA submits testimony focused on equity, vaccines, testing, and contact tracing.

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Rennie, L. (2021, February 8). Urging fast action on COVID-19 priorities in the 117th Congress.

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APA submitted testimony for the record (PDF, 286KB) for a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce titled “Road to Recovery: Ramping Up COVID-19 Vaccines, Testing, and Medical Supply Chain.” In the testimony, APA’s CEO Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, outlined the association’s COVID-19 legislative priorities in the 117th Congress. He also highlighted key points about equity, vaccines, testing and contact tracing, informed by psychological science, for the subcommittee’s consideration.

“The pandemic highlighted long-standing systemic health and social inequities that put many racial and ethnic minorities at increased risk of contracting the coronavirus and of becoming ill and dying from COVID-19,” APA CEO Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, stated. “Research documents that even when these groups can access care, a variety of factors—including providers’ implicit biases and the inequitable distribution of health care resources—contribute to a lower overall quality of care and worse outcomes for these groups relative to white patients.”

For more information, contact Leo Rennie, MPA.