This brief presents a framework to strengthen the immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic and address the long-term health and social needs the pandemic has exacerbated. Central to the framework is an emphasis on equity and the interrelationship between COVID-related issues and addressing underlying social determinants of health.
As policymakers and practitioners at the local, state, and national levels begin to craft policies and practices that advance equity in pandemic response and recovery, they might consider this intersection using several guiding questions that can support action, identified in the brief.
The Georgia Health Policy Center, in partnership with the School of Public Health at George Washington University and with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is identifying, synthesizing, and disseminating cross-sector policy and implementation opportunities that facilitate recovery from the triple crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, impacts of the 2020 economic downturn, and the ongoing impact of structural racism. The work – Aligning in Crisis — builds on Aligning Systems for Health: Health Care + Public Health + Social Services.