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Congresswoman Janice Hahn (CA-44) issued the following statement in response to the city of Los Angeles Health Atlas study released in July.
“The recent Health Atlas study for the city of Los Angeles is incredibly alarming and once again shines a spotlight on the sad state of our nation’s social and economic inequalities. This study serves as an ugly reminder that, all too often, the community you are born into determines your quality of life.
Like many, if not most, urban neighborhoods across this nation, many of the communities I serve face profound and persistent economic health disparities.
This study highlights serious health and income disparities in urban communities like Watts and Wilmington and their direct correlation to shorter life expectancy. Many children growing up in my communities are more likely to have serious health problems like obesity and asthma and less likely to have access to a quality education that will help prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow, due to lack of resources and opportunities. This is a social injustice that flies in the face of our nation’s fundamental belief that ‘all men are created equal.’
Every American regardless of race, creed or socio-economic background should have equal access to quality education, affordable housing and safe and clean neighborhoods. We need to implement solutions to begin closing these gaps and promote access to resources for a better life in all communities across the country.
[Recently,] I met with the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan to discuss the revitalization of the Jordan Downs housing projects in Watts.
I am committed to hosting a community-wide roundtable discussion with leaders in the faith, education and business communities as well as health-care partners to begin identifying effective solutions to help eradicate the pervasive health, income and education disparities plaguing our communities.”