Reducing the Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 Among Communities of Color.
National Governors Association Memorandum.
National Governors Association.
Published: June 2020
This memorandum explains the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed a disproportionate burden of illness and death on communities of color, including Black, Latino/a and Native American communities. It notes that in response to the COVID-19 crisis, national, State and local leaders are pursuing strategies to address both immediate and long- standing health disparities and associated inequities experienced by communities of color. A summary of policy approaches to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color is then provided and includes: collecting and disaggregating data to track and address disparities in COVID-19 related testing, hospitalization, death and recovery among different racial and ethnic groups; creating a health equity response team, task force, or other coordinating body to inform COVID-19 policies and direct resources to communities of color; partnering with communities of color through community leaders and organizations and collaboratively addressing policies, programming, and resources needed in hard-hit communities; prioritizing communities of color when allocating COVID-19 testing resources, addressing barriers to testing and care, and employing culturally-informed engagement approaches; developing State COVID-19 recovery plans that account for the pandemic’s disproportionate economic and health impacts on communities of color and instituting recovery metrics that incorporate equitable access to supports and services; and ensuring workplace protections for essential workers, particularly for industries that employ many people of color, and linking people of color to job training and other employment supports. Links are provided to State examples in each area and for additional resources.
COVID-19; state disaster response; strategic planning; State programs; policy formation; partnerships; community based services; RACIAL DISPROPORTIONALITY