Health Equity task force report goes far beyond health care

Recommendations address housing, immigration, hunger

A HEALTH EQUITY TASK FORCE  formed by legislation during the COVID-19 pandemic went beyond its charge of examining COVID-related health disparities and issued a sweeping report Thursday that digs into the myriad long-standing inequities that affect the health of minority communities. 

“The blueprint makes recommendations to address an equitable response and recovery to the pandemic as well as the underlying systemic inequities that led to the tragic disparities seen during COVID-19,” said task force co-chair Michael Curry, CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. Curry said he hopes the report serves as a catalyst for policy changes that ensure no resident suffers or lives a shorter life because of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.