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Advocates, Community Leaders Host Virtual Town Hall to Discuss Racial Disparities in Health Care

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

**TODAY: April 30th at 6PM**

Advocates, Community Leaders Host Virtual Town Hall to Discuss Racial Disparities in Health Care Amid COVID-19

Participants will highlight the deadly and disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on North Carolina’s communities of color.

**Media may RSVP here or by emailing**

Raleigh, N.C. – Today, April 30th at 6 p.m., Piedmont Rising will host a virtual town hall to discuss how the novel coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately affecting communities of color and what steps North Carolinians can take to build an action plan for positive change.

A recent report released by Piedmont Rising showed that Black residents and Hispanic/Latino and Native American residents are bearing the brunt of this crisis.

“As the Coronavirus continues to spread across North Carolina it is increasingly clear our minority communities are being disproportionately impacted. The current pandemic is only highlighting gaps that have long existed in our health care system. We hope this town hall will give voice to those communities and encourage leaders like Senator Thom Tillis to vote to protect the Affordable Health Care Act and advocate for Medicaid Expansion,” said Piedmont Rising Executive Director, Casey Wilkinson.

The virtual town hall begins on Thursday, April 30th at 6 p.m. and will be moderated by Casey Wilkinson, Piedmont Rising Executive Director and panelists will include remarks from Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, President/CEO, El Centro Hispano, Inc., and Xaviera “Zay” Bell, Executive Director, Zeal of Xander.

Media interested in joining the virtual town hall are asked to pre-register HERE or RSVP to Jessica Coscia at


About Piedmont Rising

Piedmont Rising is a 501 (c)4 issue advocacy organization built by and for North Carolinians to advocate for lower insurance premiums and prescription drug costs and to ensure that more people have access to safe and affordable health care. Through grassroots organizing, education, and engagement, we are amplifying our health care stories and holding our elected officials accountable to the people, and issues they were elected to represent.

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