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Sen. Haywood, Sen. Hughes, and Rep. McClinton Announce $13.8 Million in Health Equity Funding

By PA Senate Democrats | May 16, 2022

Former Stoneleigh Fellow Julie Cousler Emig leads the Pennsylvania School-Based Health Alliance, which recently received a $2.8 million grant from the state’s COVID-19 Public Heath Equity Initiative.

PHILADELPHIA – May 16, 2022 – Today, Senator Art Haywood (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia), Senator Vincent Hughes (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia), and House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia/Delaware) hosted a check presentation and press conference at the Dr. Ala Stanford Center for Health Equity (ASHE) in Philadelphia. They presented a $2.8 million check to the Pennsylvania School-Based Health Alliance for behavioral health services in school-based health centers and a $1 million check to the Black Doctors Consortium for health programs assistance and continued growth. The Senate and House Democrats also announced $10 million in available funding for new competitive statewide grant programs, including $5 million for mobile health clinics, $3 million for health equity, and $2 million for trauma-informed care.

Senator Haywood opened the event with a moment of silence for the victims and survivors of a racist mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., on Saturday, which killed 10 people and injured three others. Next, he introduced notable speakers at the press conference, including Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), State Rep. Darisha Parker (D-Philadelphia), Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson, Julie Cousler Emig, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania School-Based Health Alliance Executive Director, and Tracy Wood, Executive Director of the Black Doctors Consortium.

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