UnitedHealthcare aims to scare Black women from seeking emergency care

August 2, 2021

American patients are sick and tired of insurance companies not covering essential care and services. Recently, America’s biggest insurance company, UnitedHealthcare, proposed the most egregious and unjustified policy to scare patients from seeking care altogether.  

Insurance Giant is Forcing Black Americans to Choose Between their Health and their Means

July 7, 2021

On July 6, the Healthcare Equality Network (HEN), comprised of Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI), The Frederick Douglass Foundation, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. and Dr. Julianne Malveaux sent a letter to President Biden...

HEN Urges President Biden and CBC to Take Action Against Big Insurance

July 6, 2021

Thank you, Mr. President, Congresswoman Beatty, the Biden administration and all Members of the Congressional Black Caucus for your leadership on issues of importance to Black Americans, specifically regarding access to quality health care...

Pine Grove School Town Hall

On Sunday, December 6, HEN, Sierra Club, AMMD Pine Grove Project, and Cumberland County Landfill Alert (CCLA), hosted a community event at the Pine Grove School to speak out against the pending approval of the Green Ridge Mega-Landfill. Speakers included Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., Rev. JR Gurley, and more. The event concluded with a Turkey Giveaway for community residents.

Environmental Racism Town Hall

The Healthcare Equality Network (HEN), comprised of Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., the Frederick Douglass Foundation, the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Dr. Julianne Malveaux, hosted a virtual town hall about the impacts of environmental racism. They spoke with representatives from the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter and other local environmental experts on how this is happening right now in Virginia with the Green Ridge Mega-Landfill, and how it can be stopped.

July 2, 2021

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.


One of the most recent acts of insurance company greed happened with UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest insurance provider. Just recently, the insurance giant announced it would no longer cover patients’ nonurgent visits to the emergency room retroactively. Yes, you read that correctly. An American insurance company is no longer going to cover American patients who incorrectly self-diagnose and seek emergency treatment.

A historic school, a mega-landfill and a battle for 'justice' in Cumberland County

December 27, 2020

Bill Lohmann

Richmond Times-Dispatch

The old schoolhouse doesn’t look like much now — weather-beaten and worn, it stood neglected for decades before an effort to save it kicked into gear two years ago, and now there also is the worrying possibility of having a landfill nearby....

December 6th, Pine Grove School Event

December 6, 2020

(The Healthcare Equality Network, Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, AMMD Pine Grove Project and Cumberland County Landfill Alert (CCLA) — On Sunday, December 6, the Healthcare Equality Network (HEN), the Sierra Club...

I helped start the fight for environmental justice nearly four decades ago. We’re still fighting.

October 16, 2020

(Washington Post) — I am so tired of the persistent manifestations of systemic racism in America. All Black people, as well as other people of color, are tired. Time and time again, we are treated as collateral damage in a nation to which we continuously devote our hearts, labor and souls.

June 30, 2020

(YouTube) — On June 30, Rev. Al Sharpton hosted a virtual leadership town hall alongside CBC Health Braintrust Chair Rep. Robin Kelly and leaders in the Black community to discuss the pressing issues perpetuating racial disparities in healthcare.

May 06, 2020

( — During his April 7 press briefing, President Trump spoke on the drastic difference in COVID-19 cases for minorities in this country.

April 01, 2020

(The Hill) — Just a few months ago, the pundit class declared Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy dead after the early nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. Then, they saw what can happen in South Carolina, a state that is truly representative of the Democratic base: rocket fuel

Town Hall Planned at Pine Grove School

December 2, 2020

(The Farmville Herald) — The Southern Leadership Conference, the AMMD Pine Grove Project, the Sierra Club and the Cumberland County Landfill Alert (CCLA) are joining forces to host a Town Hall at the historic Pine Grove Elementary School....

Proposed Cumberland County landfill perpetuates environmental racism

September 13, 2020

(Richmond Times-Dispatch) — It is no secret that Black Americans have gotten the short end of the stick in this country for centuries. Our communities have long dealt with lower access to health care, higher rates of police brutality and lower-than-average incomes.

Black Americans Deserve Affordable, Accessible Health Care

June 28, 2020

(Morning Consult) — COVID-19 took our country and the world by surprise. Unsurprisingly to many of us, the virus has affected the minority community, especially the Black community, at a detrimental level compared to the white community. Though this pandemic is a tragedy, we must take advantage of the new light being shone on the health care disparities facing the Black community in America. 

May 03, 2020

(Black Press USA) — Collectively, they argue that too often, insurance companies refuse to cover emergency services, and either patients are forced to pay bills they cannot afford, or hospitals are shuttering.

February 25, 2020

(The Charleston Chronicle) — It is a serious financial problem that far too many African Americans – from impoverished individuals to working-class families — face these days in the bewilderingly complicated health-care market: Getting hit with an unexpected bill after a hospital stay or visit to the emergency room.

Letter to Stop the Green Ridge Landfill

October 20, 2020

(Coalition Letter) — The Healthcare Equality Network, along with the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, AMMD Pine Grove Project, and Cumberland County Landfill Alert (CCLA), sent a coalition letter to Virginia DEQ Director David Paylor urging him to reject approval of new Green Ridge Mega-Landfill

America's vaccine sprint may be more like a relay race

July 30, 2020

(Politico) — Operation Warp Speed continues to ramp up, with military and Coast Guard personnel all over the Humphrey building and two vaccine candidates getting close to Phase III trials.

OP-ED: Past Due Time for American Healthcare System to Protect Black Americans

June 29, 2020

(Black Press USA) — Because of the systematic racism that is rooted in our nation, racial disparities in American healthcare have caused illness, injury, and death in minority communities across the country. Black Americans suffer the most at the hands of the American healthcare system. Now, we are seeing COVID-19 shine a much-needed light on the harsh reality that has been plaguing an entire race for centuries.

April 13, 2020

(National Action Network) — In the wake of a global pandemic, healthcare access for African Americans and other racial minorities is more threatened than ever before. The harsh impact of the coronavirus on these communities is two-fold: They are hit the hardest due to the likelihood that an underserved individual has a pre-existing condition, and because the underserved are less likely to have access to quality healthcare.

February 20, 2020

(Morning Consult) — It is no secret that the No. 1 priority for meeting the needs of America’s minority communities is voting Donald Trump out of the White House in November. Less clear, however, is what the candidates running to replace him will do to right the wrongs of this administration.