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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Latina Health Advocates Celebrate Introduction of Landmark Health Equity Legislation

Press Release
RaeAnn Roca Pickett Phone: 202-621-1409 Email:

The Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2016 advances Latina reproductive health as part of comprehensive agenda to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities
Washington, D.C. —Today, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) is proud to celebrate the introduction of the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) of 2016 by the Congressional Tri-Caucus – comprised of the Congressional Asian Pacific American, Black, and Hispanic Caucuses –  and lead sponsor Representative Robin Kelly, Chair of the CBC Health Braintrust. 
HEAA of 2016 was introduced to Congress with the support of over 150 national, state, and local organizations committed to health equity. 
“We applaud the Congressional Tri-Caucus and Representative Kelly for their tireless commitment to the health of communities of color and achieving health equity and justice,” said Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of NLIRH. “HEAA of 2016 advances reproductive and sexual health equity for Latinos/as, including LGBTQ, immigrant, and young Latinos/as.  The bill includes provisions that increase access to comprehensive sexuality education and emergency contraception for communities of color; remove harmful and counterproductive barriers to affordable health coverage and care for immigrant women and families; and provide funding for efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies in communities that are disproportionately impacted. We urge Congress to prioritize the solutions proposed in this legislation so that we can build upon the gains of the Affordable Care Act so that all communities can achieve health equity.” 
For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @NLIRH. 
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 28 million Latinas, their families and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.