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 individuals of shade at wildly disproportionate charges.
Addressing this downside would require systems-level change — and that’s why we have been excited to listen to concerning the new Biden-Harris COVID-19 Well being Fairness Job Power. Established by President Biden’s Government Order on Making certain an Equitable Pandemic Response and Restoration, the Job Power will make suggestions to assist deal with well being inequities associated to the COVID-19 pandemic — and stop these inequities sooner or later.
(Whereas the Job Power 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, Job Power members will come from inside and outdoors the federal authorities, and can embrace individuals with lived expertise of well being inequity in their very own communities — like the girl appointed to run it. Yep, the Job Power will probably be headed up by Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, an affiliate professor of inside drugs, public well being, and administration at Yale College — and we simply ❤ her.
When 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 Occasions):
“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 have now 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 Job Power is a step in the proper path — 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