Governor Roy Cooper announces new task force to address disparities in communities of color

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper updates the public during a press briefing on the COVID-19...
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper updates the public during a press briefing on the COVID-19 virus on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C.(Robert Willett | NC Dept of Public Safety)
Updated: Jun. 4, 2020 at 3:42 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) - In a move to address “disparities in communities of color,” Gov. Roy Cooper announced a new executive order Thursday.

Part of the order involves the creation of the Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental and Health Equity Task Force to address long-term disparities.

“Andrea Harris dedicated her life to eliminating disparities in North Carolina. She fought for social, economic and racial equity,” Cooper said. “We lost Andrea a few weeks ago, and our state will miss her advocacy and her action. Naming this task force in her honor is a way to carry on her mission.”

Department of Administration Secretary Machelle Sanders will lead the group.

The task force will focus on five areas:

  • access to health care
  • patient engagement in health care settings
  • economic opportunities in business development and employment
  • environmental justice and inclusion
  • education

The order also:

  • directs the North Carolina Pandemic Recovery Office to ensure that COVID-19 relief funds are fairly distributed
  • expands the capacity of our North Carolina Historically Underutilized Business Office to provide those businesses access to opportunities & resources.
  • directs the NCDHHS, along with community health centers, local health departments, rural health centers and free and charitable clinics, to provide COVID-19 testing and related healthcare to uninsured North Carolinians.
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