Conscientious policy is interconnected because people are interconnected. Humane policy recognizes interdependence, values our humanity, and eradicates disparities and stigmas. Equitable policy acknowledges the history of exclusion and disenfranchisement of marginalized groups and works to correct those injustices. Public Health protects and promotes the health of communities through access to housing, clean water, food, and healthcare. Justice policy centers Public Health because Public Health is Public Safety. In the U.S., we don’t have a fixed definition of justice because justice looks different through the lens of many people. However, we can start by focusing on injustices like resource insecurity and work together to correct those wrongs. Together we can envision what Justice and Public Health look like.
I have always centered Public Health policy in my work.I will continue to do so as the next Representative for New York’s 12th Congressional District.