Kenyatta, Burgos to discuss toxic poverty at Policy Committee public hearing Tuesday in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28 – State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta and Danilo Burgos, both D-Phila., are hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss the health impacts of deep poverty and how to reverse the trend.

The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at Warnock Village, 2850 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. The media and public are invited to attend.

The freshmen legislators requested the hearing to bring together local officials and advocates to discuss how they can work together to create better opportunities to lift Pennsylvanians out of poverty. They will be joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

The current agenda is:

2:00 p.m.      Welcome and Opening Remarks

2:10 p.m.      Dr. Loren Robinson, Deputy Secretary for Health

Promotion and Disease Prevention

Pennsylvania Department of Health

2:40 p.m.      Octavia Howell, Officer, Philadelphia Research Initiative

The Pew Charitable Trusts

3:10 p.m.      Panel of Advocates

3:40 p.m.      Closing Remarks    


The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which is focused on putting people first, good jobs, healthcare access, quality schools and jobs training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at

More information about the Policy Committee is available at