The Quad Caucus hosts events that support it's mission. The following resources are educational forums that policymakers participated in related to building awareness on race equity.
Health Equity Town Hall Videos
Racism as a Public Health Crisis: A Quad Caucus Town Hall | April 2021
Over the past year, issues around equity have been elevated. Particularly those linked to health equity with alarming death rates among black, brown and native communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fueled with anti-Asian sentiment and a policing crisis, racism became easily identifiable as a public health crisis. Join the Quad Caucus for a town hall for state legislators of color to discuss how to collectively address health equity, exchange information on how state policymakers are prioritizing health equity and how to engage and support more equitable outcomes for communities of color. Dive into how conditions, resources, opportunities and power play a role in healthy communities for everyone.
Aletha Maybank, MD, chief health equity officer, American Medical Association
Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Maryland Delegate
Event Host: Representative Billy Mitchell, Georgia
Racism as a Public Health Crisis: Connecting Lessons Learned and What’s Next? | October 2021
Health outcomes for communities of color during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted conditions that resulted in more hospitalizations and higher death rates. The newest surge with the Delta variant presents a new set of challenges. Quad Caucus legislators will have a candid conversation with the nation’s leading health professionals on the tools policymakers need to improve systems that influence health outcomes for communities of color. Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, senior advisor, White House COVID-19 Response Team will provide keynote remarks and update the audience on the latest response team’s efforts. Professor Daniel Dawes will discuss innovative tools for data tracking. Join the Quad Caucus for an engaging and informative discussion on the latest in pandemic developments.
Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, senior advisor, White House COVID-19 Response Team
Daniel Dawes, JD, director of Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
Event Hosts: Representative Ajay Pittman, Oklahoma and Representative Ryan Yamane, Hawaii
Quad Caucus on NCSL Podcast
Our American States: Understanding the Quad Caucus | OAS Episode 126
The Quad Caucus is a coalition of the four national caucuses of color representing Asian-Pacific American, Black, Native American and Hispanic legislators. Combined, the four groups represent more than 1,400 state lawmakers. The group came together in 2012 with the support of NCSL and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and is focused on promoting equitable outcomes in all communities focusing on people of color in the areas of health, education, economic security and justice.
On this podcast we talk with Washington Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (D) and Kansas Representative. Barbara Ballard (D). Both are veteran legislators and longtime members of the Quad Caucus. Santos and Ballard discussed the work of the caucus and the effort to create more diverse legislatures.
Our American States: Understanding the Quad Caucus, Part 2 | OAS Episode 137
This is the second of a two-part series on the Quad Caucus, a coalition of the four national caucuses of color representing Asian-Pacific American, Black, Native American and Hispanic legislators. Combined, the four groups represent more than 1,400 state lawmakers.
On the earlier podcast, we spoke with Washington Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (D) and Kansas Representative Barbara Ballard (D) about their work with the Quad Caucus.
On this show, we talk with Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto (D), president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, and Senator Benny Shendo (D), chair of the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators. Both are from New Mexico.
They discussed the work of their caucuses, the census and redistricting, some of the challenges facing their communities and more.
- Health Disparities Overview
- K-12 Racial Equity
- Tackling Early Childhood Issues With a Racial Equity Lens, NCSL Blog, August 2021
- Addressing Racial Disparities and Discrimination in Housing, Legislative Compiling, January 2021
- Raising Awareness About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Legisbrief, October 2020
- Implementing Racial Justice Curriculum and Standards, NCSL Blog, July 2020
- Innovations | Got a Capitol DEI Committee? Oregon Does, State Legislatures Magazine, July 2018
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