Joe Biden President Joe Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services recently created “The Office of Environmental Justice,” but critics are slamming the office for wasting taxpayer dollars and pushing “a woke political agenda” rather than focusing on more pressing issues.
On Monday, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra announced that the Biden administration established the office because “many communities across our nation – particularly low-income communities and communities of color – continue to bear the brunt of pollution from industrial development, poor land use decisions, transportation, and trade corridors.” Yet, Jack Kalavritinos, a former senior HHS official, told The Daily Wire that the office is a bit redundant.
“How is it a good idea to transfer staff from other key divisions into a yet unfunded office?” Kalavritinos told The Daily Wire. “Especially when there are so many core missions that need addressing such as the youth mental health and substance abuse crises exacerbated by the draconian Covid shutdowns.”
There is data backing up Kalavritinos’ concern for mental health.
In April 2022, The Daily Wire reported that “one batch of data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — the main federal entity that charted America’s approach to lockdowns — revealed that the number of emergency room visits for suspected suicide attempts rose by 51% from February 21-March 21, 2021 among girls age 12-17 compared to the same stretch of time in 2019.”
“This increase came in the aftermath of strict lockdowns and an overall increase in the number of emergency room visits connected to mental health reasons in 2020,” The Daily Wire noted.
“Sounds like a woke political agenda versus smart evidence/based public health,” Kalavritinos added.
Kalavritinos also pointed out that there are “plenty of offices that address public health for the underserved at HHS.”Those are offices like Public Health Service, Office of the Assitant […]
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