When the COVID-19 pandemic is lastly over, there’ll be no scarcity of cautious reflection and classes realized for public well being officers (and communicators!). However one main takeaway wants our consideration proper now: COVID is affecting folks of colour at wildly disproportionate charges.
Addressing this drawback would require systems-level change — and that’s why we have been excited to listen to in regards to the new Biden-Harris COVID-19 Well being Fairness Process Drive. Established by President Biden’s Government Order on Guaranteeing an Equitable Pandemic Response and Restoration, the Process Drive will make suggestions to assist deal with well being inequities associated to the COVID-19 pandemic — and forestall these inequities sooner or later.
(Whereas the Process Drive is model new, it’s getting off to an equitable begin by sending COVID-19 vaccines on to Federally Certified Well being Facilities — security internet suppliers that deal with underserved populations.)
Per the Government Order, Process Drive members will come from inside and outdoors the federal authorities, and can embrace folks with lived expertise of well being inequity in their very own communities — like the lady appointed to run it. Yep, the Process Drive shall be headed up by Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, an affiliate professor of inside medication, public well being, and administration at Yale College — and we simply ❤ her.
For those who don’t know a lot about Dr. Nunez-Smith, we’ll provide you with an thought of the place she’s coming from in her personal phrases (as quoted within the New York Instances):
“Ensuring communities hardest hit by the pandemic have entry to secure, efficient vaccines stays a precedence. [But] what’s wanted to make sure fairness within the restoration just isn’t restricted to well being and well being care. We’ve got to have conversations about housing stability and meals safety and academic fairness, and pathways to financial alternatives and promise.”
The underside line: Creating the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Well being Fairness Process Drive is a step in the proper route — and we’re excited to see the place Dr. Nunez-Smith’s management will take us.
Tweet about it: We’ve received a number of work to do to handle well being inequities in america. This week, @CommunicateHlth chats in regards to the new Biden-Harris #COVID19 Well being Fairness Process Drive: https://bit.ly/2NnO3GY