Stay up-to-date with news about women's health in Orange County.  Subscribe to the OCWHP mailing list now!

WHEALTH NEWSLETTER

WHEALTH Newsletter
Issue 18 - June 2020
A MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FOR BLACK LIVES MATTER
Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen COVID-19 disproportionately impact the Black community and protests against police brutality give way to a national conversation about systemic racism and social inequities. These events signal the urgency to address racism as a public health crisis, as two dozen state and local governments have recently declared.
 
According to the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, we are confronting two public health crises: COVID-19 and police violence.
  • Nationally, Black people are dying from COVID-19 at a rate nearly 2x higher than their population share [1]
  • Black people are 3x more likely to be killed by police, compared to their White peers [2]
The Orange County Women’s Health Project is committed to collective efforts to confront and dismantle systemic racism and violence. We are listening and learning, and we believe that we need to invest in long-term, structural solutions in order to achieve real equity. We will also vigilantly monitor and support laws and policies that need to be eliminated, rewritten, or developed to overcome systemic racism and achieve equity for Black people. For the health and well-being of our community, we must come together to bring about real change at the national, state and local levels. 
 
As we enter a phase of COVID-19 recovery and rebuilding, we will ensure that equity and inclusion are at the center of our work. We remain committed to identifying and addressing the unique health disparities affecting Black women as we work to advance women’s health in Orange County, and we hope you will continue to join us in this work.

  
In solidarity,
The Orange County Women’s Health Project
VICTORY FOR LGBTQ RIGHTS IN THE SUPREME COURT
Yesterday, the Supreme Court significantly advanced LGBTQ rights by ruling that the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  The decision ruled on three cases that were consolidated together, Bostock v. Clayton County, GeorgiaAltitude Express Inc. v. Zarda, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (see https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/17-1618_hfci.pdf).

The majority opinion stated:

“A statutory violation occurs if an employer intentionally relies in part on an individual employee’s sex when deciding to discharge the employee. Because discrimination on the basis of homosexuality or transgender status requires an employer to intentionally treat individual employees differently because of their sex, an employer who intentionally penalizes an employee for being homosexual or transgender also violates Title VII.”

Although several states had already passed their own anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBTQ employees, it was still legal in more than half of the states to fire workers for being gay, bisexual or transgender.  This important decision will now allow people who believe they were discriminated against in the workplace based on their sexual orientation or gender identity to file lawsuits, just as people claiming race and sex discrimination may.  We are proud of this long overdue victory for the LGBTQ community. 
JOIN US TOMORROW – COVID-19 & MENTAL HEALTH

 
Session 3 – COVID-19 and Mental Health

Wednesday, June 17  •  9:00 AM - 10:45 AM

      Be Well OC – a Mental Health System of Care – Clayton Chau, MD, PhD
      Director / Acting County Health Officer, Orange County Health Care Agency

      Perinatal Mental Health – Diana Ramos, MD, MPH

      President, Orange County Medical Association, Incoming Chair, American College of          Obstetricians and Gynecologists - California

      Seniors and Caregivers – Michelle Park, MD
      Psychiatrist, ReConnect Early Intervention Services for Older Adults, Council on
      Aging - Southern California


      Moderator:  Gail Dratch, MSW
      Mental Health Specialist, Orange County Women's Health Project
REGISTER NOW!
VIEW THE PAST SESSIONS

The recordings and speaker presentation slides from Sessions 1, 2 and 3 are available on the Summit Website.

Recorded sessions are eligible for CEUs for CHES, LCSW, LMFT, LPCC and LEP through June 30, 2020. 
VIEW PAST SESSION RECORDINGS AND SLIDES
[1] https://covidtracking.com/race
[2] https://www.nihcm.org/categories/racism-inequality-health-2