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.
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