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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.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021 – 12:00 pm ET

Society’s increased focus on issues of inequity and injustice dovetails well with current trends to create social service systems that are “value based.” Imagine if we built medicaid health systems that targeted communities historically marginalized from the healthcare system, or incentivized providers and payers to develop areas left undeveloped due to years of racially motivated neglect.

This quarter’s Community Data Roundtable will highlight how information that is already in the public domain can be harnessed to identify exactly where there are severe problems of inequity in our communities, and then discuss ways this information could be sewn into Value-Based Purchasing proposals.

Our featured guest is Shane Mofford, M.A., a health economist who consults with states to set up interactive data displays on an almost endless array of data that helps them see which communities are flourishing, and which are being left behind. We will highlight, in particular, the Pennsylvania Health Equity Analysis Tool (PA HEAT), which can pinpoint down to the census tract, all sorts of information about disparities regarding, health, housing, food, child care, and more.

Shane and I will look at my own neighborhood in Pittsburgh, and how legacies of injustice can be seen all around, and then discuss incentive models that could help drive intervention for the betterment of all

Please note that non-Pennsylvanians will also benefit from this presentation, because this exact same kind of analysis can be done in your state or province…and we’re hoping you’ll see the value of this work for all.

– Dan Warner, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Community Data Roundtable

Quarterly Community Data Roundtables

The quarterly Community Data Roundtables highlight innovative data work in community data, with a focus on behavioral health outcomes, child welfare, and juvenile justice. We highlight analytic approaches, software, and quality processes that optimize insights for action at the community level, advancing health, equity and justice. Participants in the Roundtable include administrators, data wonks and technical people, and anyone interested in learning what is most cutting edge in community-focused data across the globe.