COVID-19 & Health Equity

Health Equity Solutions COVID-19 Key Focus Areas To Date

by Tekisha Dwan Everette on

Health Equity Solutions team remains vigilant in our efforts to ensure that an equity lens is embedded in the pandemic response and recovery efforts to COVID-19. Three key policy goals we are focusing on during the pandemic: inclusion, outreach, and data. By evaluating the impact of response and recovery efforts on communities of color, policymakers can avoid unintentionally exacerbating disparities in the long term.

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Starting in late March, we embarked on an outreach effort aimed at collecting information about the impact of the COVID-19 on underserved communities to help center health equity in Connecticut’s response and recovery efforts. This effort is ongoing. These results are shared with policymakers, other decision-makers, philanthropy, and Health Equity Solutions’ partners on a regular basis. The data is collected through an online survey and in one-on-one conversations. The survey asks respondents to identify concerns and proposed solutions to those concerns. Below, we list the most common topics in each of those two categories. Concerns refer to unmet needs or rising issues and solutions are suggestions for addressing concerns. For more information or to share your thoughts, contact Samantha Lew at slew@hesct.org.

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Centering Health Equity in Connecticut’s COVID-19 Response Care

by Tekisha Dwan Everette on

COVID-19 is a global pandemic that has real implications for people of color in Connecticut. As such, Health Equity Solutions (HES) has re-prioritized our work to focus on the pandemic response. We are gathering information and input from our partners, sharing this input and policy recommendations with decision makers, sharing information and policy updates with our networks, and participating in state-level workgroups to ensure that Connecticut avoids preventable increases in health disparities. Intentionally centering the needs of underserved communities—by reporting and utilizing race and ethnicity data and increasing outreach to connect communities with services, for example—can promote equity now and in the long term.

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