We advocate for policies that aim to help those living in poverty to meet their basic needs, both in the U.S. and internationally. We advocate for development assistance and humanitarian relief, access to healthcare, and federal support for education. We are committed to a strong social safety net for the most vulnerable Americans.
Social Safety Net
We support policy solutions that ensure programs such as Medicare/Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Social Security will be able to support the elderly, disabled, and those who would otherwise not be able to meet their basic needs.
We advocate for universal and equitable access to adequate medical care regardless of gender or financial status. The Episcopal Church also encourages and advocates for legislation, programs, and services related to improving maternal mental and physical health and infant development; as well providing the best possible health care to veterans.
EPPN Health Care Series
- Health Care: the Perennial American Problem
- Maternal Health: A Persistent Crisis
- The Affordable Care Act: Unfinished Business
- The Opioid Epidemic: A Deadly Disease
- COVID-19 Vaccines: Inoculating the World
- Prescription Drugs: Far too Costly
Episcopal Church Resources
Tell Congress to pass the Momnibus to bolster maternal health!
Tell Congress to support the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 3.0 to fight the opioid epidemic
Take Action on Antimicrobial Resistance: A Silent Pandemic
The Episcopal Church supports the rights of all people around the world to lead healthy, meaningful lives. In particular, we are dedicated to shattering the silence, stigma, and discrimination that plagues the 36.7 million people living with HIV or AIDS around the world. We continue to push for investment in effective prevention and treatment. We partner with Anglicans to push for the end of malaria, TB, and other diseases that impact those living in poverty.
EPPN Global Health Series
Support efforts to prevent maternal and child deaths by telling the Senate to pass the Reach Every Mother and Child Act
The Episcopal Church advocates for sufficient financial support for humanitarian crises around the world and works towards improved access and delivery of humanitarian assistance. We urge governments and institutions to undertake sustainable development, push for gender equality, and promote peace and human rights.
Episcopal Church Resources
- Episcopal Church Statement on restoration of funding to UNRWA (April 2021)
- Episcopal Relief and Development
Ask Congress to help fight COVID-19 in India
- The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
- The Coalition on Human Needs
- The Circle of Protection
- National Health Care Coalition
- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Justice Engagement: The Poor People’s Campaign
The Episcopal Church engages with the Poor People’s Campaign through the Department of Reconciliation, Justice, and Creation Care (RJCC). Partnerships with these initiatives provide opportunities to articulate the message that The Episcopal Church supports work aimed at our common goal: fulfilling our vision of Jesus’ loving, liberating, and life-giving movement.
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