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Racially Equitable Responses to COVID-19

Top of our minds are the ways in which communities of color are and will be disproportionately impacted during and after this pandemic. When developing strategies to support people during the COVID-19 outbreak, consider the following to ensure more equitable responses in your programs and services:

  • Are you including and considering potential impact on people who are Black or African American; American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian; Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander; and Hispanic/Latinx?
  • Do the people who are entering, staying in, and being discharged from your programs represent the racial make-up of your overall population?
  • Are you outlining objective criteria and measures to decide who you can serve and to limit the extent to which bias influences these decisions when faced with limited resources?
  • How are you supporting people to ensure ongoing access to treatment and medications for chronic conditions including diabetes, hypertension, substance use disorder, and mental illness?
  • Do your frontline workers who cannot work from home have the supports they need (e.g. additional compensation for childcare for children unable to attend school/daycare, masks, gloves, ways to share their fears and challenges)?

Let’s not perpetuate race inequities in the name of crisis. More ways to ensure equitable responses in your programs and services.