Equity is the Remedy: Now and Beyond COVID19

As you know, the social and economic conditions on which this novel coronavirus lands aren’t new themselves.

This moment brings into stark relief what we know well: so long as our systems deny well-being to some, all of our well-being is at risk.

Directly impacted communities are naming and working towards the solutions, and our role in public health is to act on them:

  • Prioritize protections and supports for healthcare workers and caregivers
  • Establish worker protections, like paid leave and fair wages
  • Provide comprehensive health care for all
  • Shelter the unhoused and stop encampment sweeps and vehicle tows
  • Enact a moratorium on foreclosures, evictions, and utility and water shutoffs
  • Decarcerate jails and prisons
  • Enact a moratorium on all deportation and ICE activities
  • Ensure full accessibility for non-English speakers
  • Ensure full accessibility for our community members with disabilities
  • Cancel student and medical debt
  • Ensure food security programs such as SNAP and free school meals

Long-term, these actions will help us build a foundation to advance racial justice, deepen democracy, and build community resilience to any shock.

At HIP, we are supporting the field of public health in centering health equity in its COVID19 response.

We are also trying our best to care for one another.

Here’s what is absolutely certain: We are in desperate need of racial, social, and economic justice and of centering humanity in how we organize and resource our society.

P.S. Here are some resources and opportunities to take action:

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