When the COVID-19 pandemic is lastly over, there’ll be no scarcity of cautious reflection and classes discovered for public well being officers (and communicators!). But one main takeaway wants our consideration proper now: COVID is affecting people of color at wildly disproportionate rates.
Addressing this drawback would require systems-level change — and that’s why we had been excited to listen to concerning the new Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Established by President Biden’s Executive Order on Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery, the Task Force will make suggestions to assist tackle well being inequities associated to the COVID-19 pandemic — and forestall these inequities sooner or later.
(While the Task Force is model new, it’s getting off to an equitable begin by sending COVID-19 vaccines directly to Federally Qualified Health Centers — security internet suppliers that deal with underserved populations.)
Per the Executive Order, Task Force members will come from inside and out of doors the federal authorities, and can embrace folks with lived expertise of well being inequity in their very own communities — like the girl appointed to run it. Yep, the Task Force will be headed up by Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, an affiliate professor of inside medication, public well being, and administration at Yale University — and we simply ❤ her.
If you don’t know a lot about Dr. Nunez-Smith, we’ll offer you an thought of the place she’s coming from in her personal phrases (as quoted within the New York Times):
“Making sure communities hardest hit by the pandemic have access to safe, effective vaccines remains a priority. [But] what’s needed to ensure equity in the recovery is not limited to health and health care. We have to have conversations about housing stability and food security and educational equity, and pathways to economic opportunities and promise.”
The backside line: Creating the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force is a step in the precise course — and we’re excited to see the place Dr. Nunez-Smith’s management will take us.
Tweet about it: We’ve got a lot of work to do to address health inequities in the United States. This week, @CommunicateHlth chats about the new Biden-Harris #COVID19 Health Equity Task Force: https://bit.ly/2NnO3GY