COVID-19 and Health Equity: A Policy Platform and Voices from Health Departments

Webinar //

Date:

Jun 04 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

Description

 

Join Human Impact Partners, APHA, ASTHO, Big Cities Health Coalition, HealthBegins and NAACHO for this discussion on how public health can play a role in advancing long-term policy solutions that center equity.  

Webinar participants will:

  • Learn about the Health Equity Policy Platform for COVID-19 Response and Recovery and how public health can help advance housing and economic security, health care access and end mass incarceration.
  • Discover how Colorado established and is using their COVID-19 Health Equity Response Team to identify, choose and advocate for equitable policies.
  • Hear how Cook County, Illinois, is advocating for worker protections and immigrant rights.

Speaker presentations will be followed by a Q&A session with the webinar audience.

Questions? Contact Jordan Wolfe.

COVID-19 is magnifying the deep cracks in our health care system, protections for working people, and wider safety net. Formed by centuries of structural racism and decades of neoliberal policies and underinvestment in our public infrastructure, these cracks, their consequences, and COVID-19 disproportionately impact people of color, particularly Black, Latinx, and Native people.

Although increasing numbers of health departments are trying to increase access to COVID-19 testing and care to impacted communities, our equity activities need to go much further upstream.

Now — as ever — is the time to set aside concerns of objectivity and politics, and use our power to change the unjust systems that have perpetually harmed the health of communities across the US.