In order to address the profound disparities when it comes to equitable access to health and wellness essentials, the Diverse Elders Coalition has recently submitted a proposal seeking $450 million of the $400 billion allocated in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan toward elder services and care. The funding would last for over eight (8) years to support equitable access to Older Americans Act programs and services for older people who are from racially and ethnically diverse, American Indian and Alaskan Native, and/or LGBT+ communities.
As of 2018, 23% of older Americans were members of racially and ethnically diverse communities; by 2040 that number will increase to 34%. 5% of older Americans are LGBT+, with more and more LGBT+ older.... Read More
Centering Vaccination Planning on Equity: Intersecting Considerations of Age, Race, and More
Like many older adults, Dorothy, the 72-year-old Chinese American in Seattle’s Chinatown, has had a tough year. She has been coping by mostly quarantining alone, with loved ones occasionally stopping by to bring essential groceries and household items. Months had passed by since she left the floor of her senior housing building, and one day when she went downstairs to her mailbox, she was startled to realize that she had forgotten how to open the mailbox door. Little things like that, on top of having to celebrate her upcoming 73rd birthday alone – contrary to the usual large family celebration with games and food – continue.... Read More
Top Three State Policy Priorities to Support Immigrants and Their Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic
As of July 9, 2020 over 3 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the United States and more than 100,000 have lost their lives. The pandemic has shown disproportionate impacts on low-income immigrants as many continue to be on the front lines as essential workers. Unfortunately, millions of immigrants are left out under federal relief efforts.
To stem the virus’ impacts, everyone must have a fair shot at getting through the crisis healthy and whole. Given that the federal government has failed to adopt an inclusive approach, it is imperative that states prioritize hardest hit communities and take actions to support immigrants and their families.