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RCPA was approached by a coalition of organizations in support of federal nondiscrimination protections for the LGBT community, including Freedom for All Americans, the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center of Allentown, and other state and local partners.

The RCPA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee purpose statement reads that the committee will actively challenge systemic racism and social injustice through advocacy for legislation, policies, and practices that promote equity, providing guidance and support for DEI initiatives within RCPA member organizations…” This initiative is in alignment with RCPA DEI efforts.

Currently, federal law lacks explicit nondiscrimination protections for the LGBT community in housing, credit, lending, federally funded programs, and public spaces like restaurants, stores, theaters, and hospitals. Additionally, 29 states, including Pennsylvania, lack state laws that explicitly protect LGBT people from discrimination.

This coalition is soliciting supporters from Pennsylvania’s community of service providers — those who support and care for the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, including LGBT Pennsylvanians who face additional challenges due to the lack of nondiscrimination protections. Service providers are an important and trusted voice in Pennsylvania, and your inclusion will help to demonstrate the broad level of support for nondiscrimination statewide.

By signing on you to this initiative, your organization will join a diverse coalition of service providers supporting the nondiscrimination protections for the LGBT community. Your organization’s name will be shared publicly and will also be shared with Pennsylvania’s US Senators.

To offer your organization’s support, follow this link to join Pennsylvania Service Providers for LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections and make your voice heard.

Please reach out to Jack Phillips or Cindi Hobbes with any questions.

CHCS Report Now Available — “Accelerating Child Health Care Transformation: Key Opportunities for Improving Pediatric Care”

The Center for Health Care Strategies released a report providing practical recommendations for providers, payers, and policymakers to consider when adopting approaches to transform child health care services. It also explores barriers to widespread implementation and identifies critical accountability and financing levers to support and sustain improvements in pediatric care. The report is a product of the Accelerating Child Health Transformation initiative, led by CHCS and made possible by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Read the full report here.