Parsippany, NJ — Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) hosted a virtual roundtable discussion Wednesday with Black community leaders focused on the disparate impact of COVID-19 on our communities of color, and how we can most effectively address the barriers that exist in terms of access to healthcare, support, and opportunities for COVID relief.

“Communities of color continue to be disproportionately impacted by the pandemic in every way imaginable. And these effects will, unfortunately, outlast the pandemic unless we work together to address systemic issues that have long existed and have now been amplified by COVID. I appreciate these community leaders gathering yesterday to share their insight and to discuss actions that communities are taking to address issues like access to vaccines, educational achievement gaps, increased incidence of mental health conditions, and economic well-being,” said Rep. Sherrill.

A link to the roundtable discussion can be found here.

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Joined by Representative Sherrill were:

Reverend Dr. Bernadette Glover, St. Paul Baptist Church, Montclair

Reverend Dr. Jerry Carter, Calvary Baptist Church, Morristown

Reverend Dr. Sidney Williams, Bethel Church of Morristown

Dr. Marcheta Evans, President, Bloomfield College

Dr. Bette Simmons, Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Management, County College of Morris

Dr. Charlene Gungil, Director, Passaic County Department of Health

Dr. Christina Johnson, Atlantic Medical Group, Family Medicine

Genaya Palmer, MHA of Essex & Morris

Ayo Sanderson Wilson, Founder, Empower the Village

Al Pelham, President, Montclair NAACP

Rev. Herman Scott, Chaplain, Morris County Correctional Facility