FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals applauds President Biden’s swift pledge to fight the COVID-19 pandemic through the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness and related executive orders.
Essential hospitals nationwide have experienced the disproportionate effect if COVID-19 on communities of color and other underserved populations. We are grateful for the president’s pledge to create a COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, improve access to treatment, and enhance COVID-19 data collection, as well as a renewed dedication to fill medical supply shortfalls in communities in need.
Further, we are encouraged by the executive order on advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities through the federal government, an unprecedented action that aims to advance equity across federal programs and policies and root out structural racism.
We look forward to working with the Biden administration to ensure essential hospitals receive the necessary support to fight COVID-19 in the vulnerable communities they serve and to address structural racism.
About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. We support our more than 300 members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education. Communities depend on essential hospitals to provide specialized, lifesaving services; train the health care workforce; advance public health and health equity; and coordinate care. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead the way to more effective and efficient care. Learn more at essentialhospitals.org.