House Democratic Policy Committee to hold public hearing on COVID-19 health disparities Wednesday in Capitol

HARRISBURG, July 13 –State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold public hearing on COVID-19 health disparities.

The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 15 in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building of the Capitol Complex. The media and public are invited to attend and watch the livestream at

The hearing was requested by state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, and Democratic Chair of House Health Committee; state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., and chair of Pa. Legislative Black Caucus; and state Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., and chair of the Welcoming PA Caucus to explore the impact of COVID-19 on health disparities. Testifiers and members will participate in person and remotely.

Testifiers will include: 

  • Hannah Hardy, MPA, PhD, director, Allegheny County’s Chronic Diseases and Injury Prevention Program.
  • Tyra Bryant-Stephens, MD, medical director of the Community Asthma Prevention Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a member of the Philadelphia Board of Health.
  • Tiffany Gary-Webb, MHS, PhD, associate professor in the departments of Epidemiology and Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health.
  • Meagan Hume, MDP, health coordinator, HIAS Pennsylvania.

For more information about the Policy Committee and testimonies, go to