COVID-19 & Health Equity

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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COVID-19 & Health Equity Resources

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We have compiled articles, podcasts, and tools highlighting the differential impact COVID-19 is having on people of color in Connecticut. Please reach out to Samantha Lew, slew@hesct.org to add to this list!

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Health Equity Policy Priorities: COVID-19 & Beyond

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The current pandemic and the recent outrage over the senseless deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police have highlighted the stark injustices in our midst and the need for policy changes to begin to dismantle systemic racism. In an effort to urge our policymakers to take action, Health Equity Solutions curated our Health Equity Policy Priorities: COVID-19 & Beyond.

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Health Equity Solutions COVID-19 Key Focus Areas To Date

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The 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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Call To Action: Dismantle Racism in CT!

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The senseless loss of life and threats to people of color, whether by COVID-19, at the hands of those who are supposed to protect and serve, or by individuals weaponizing their privilege to harm others, have demonstrated our need for bold, sweeping action. To achieve health equity in the United States, we must confront and dismantle racism.

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Daily Department of Public Health COVID-19 Reports

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) provides daily updates on confirmed cases of COVID-19, hospitalizations and deaths. Analysis of COVID-19 cases and associated deaths by race and ethnicity is released in the DPH daily reports, as well as in a report on COVID-19 race and ethnicity data at the state level and in the ten largest towns. Collecting racial and ethnic data on COVID-19 cases & deaths is crucial to intensified mobilization in testing & contact tracing in hard-hit communities.

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

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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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