On Thursday, June 24, the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Health Subcommittee held a landmark legislative hearing entitled “Empowered By Data: Legislation to Advance Equity and Public Health.” The hearing featured 13 bills to advance health equity and public health, including the Social Determinants Accelerator Act of 2021 (H.R. 2503).
Today, Aligning for Health sent a letter to the leaders of the House Energy & Commerce Committee and Health Subcommittee, thanking them for their leadership in holding this hearing to discuss and consider important legislation related to social determinants of health.
As a coalition committed to improving health and wellbeing by addressing individual and community social needs, Aligning for Health also expressed support for the forward momentum towards passage of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act of 2021. Included in the letter is an updated endorsement list – which now totals well over 100 leading health and social services organizations who actively support passage of the legislation.
Aligning for Health urged the Subcommittee to consider and advance this important piece of legislation, which will empower communities across the country to work across sectors to share data, leverage available resources, foster partnerships, and coordinate care to drive improved and equitable outcomes.
To read the full letter, click here.
If your organization would like to add its name to the full list of organizations supporting this bill, click here. A recording of the hearing can be found here, and a summary of the hearing can be found here. Aligning for Health also submitted a Statement for the Record, which can be found here.