Tuesday, January 26, 2021

PA agency releases racial equity report to serve as 'roadmap' to fight racism. What it found

J.D. Prose, USA TODAY Network - PA State Capitol Bureau

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on Thursday released a racial equity report on itself and various programs that Secretary Teresa Miller said should serve as a “roadmap for moving forward” and dismantling systemic racism.

“We must understand what we can and should do to address historic inequities,” Miller said in an online press conference to discuss the report. “We cannot undo the past, but we will be part of the solution.”

With her department serving more than 3 million low-income Pennsylvanians, Miller said the agency will play a vital role in countering systemic racism.

Since the summer and Black Lives Matter protests, state officials have held discussions with employees, particularly workers of color, and other stakeholders about their experiences and the effect of racism.

“We are committed to not letting this opportunity slip away,” Miller said.

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