After the shock of swiftly relocating all work and business functions from our offices to our homes, the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic hit us! We knew, without the data, that this was going to have serious impact on people of color in Connecticut and something had to be done. As a team, we shook off the shock, quickly adjusted to working from home, and immediately started to process the health equity implications of COVID-19, social distancing, and the social determinants of health. From our discussions and collective work, we went into action in the following ways:
We were happy to see the next report of COVID-19 data related to cases and deaths included race and ethnic data. However, we remain concerned with the vast amount of cases and deaths that lack racial and ethnic data.
The HES team remains vigilant in our efforts to elevate health equity in the emergency response to COVID-19. Stay tuned as we will work to keep this page updated with information related to COVID-19 and health equity.