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COVID-19 Sparked a Health Equity Movement – and Vaccines are Just the Beginning

01.22.2021 | Health Leads

Vaccine distribution could still be a bright spot in our COVID response - the moment that community members and organizations can work in authentic partnership with a range of institutions to deliver a life-saving essential health resource broadly and equitably. And it is an opportunity to put us on a path to create more equitable, lasting systems of health. Let us know how you can be part of the movement.

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Joint Statement on Ensuring Racial Equity in the Development and Distribution of a COVID-19 Vaccine

10.26.2020 | Health Leads

According to recent polls, only 58% of the U.S. population would get vaccinated as soon as a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. But as millions of dollars are invested in developing a safe and effective vaccine, the development and distribution strategies proposed in the U.S. lack a clear focus on racial health equity and clear coordination among federal, state, tribal and other local levels.  We have co-created a set of guiding principles designed to ensure Black, Latinx, Native and other communities of color and those most susceptible to COVID-19 have access and opportunity to receive safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines when they become available. Sign on, share your feedback, and join the effort to build a coordinated, equity-centered COVID-19 vaccine strategy.

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Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative: Fostering Community-Driven Change During COVID-19 and Beyond

09.14.2020 | Health Leads

We recently spoke with Melissa Jones, Executive Director of the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII), to learn how her community has mobilized to meet the challenges of our new reality head on. We talked through what it means to build effective collaboration structures, push forward policy changes, and address the inequities that have been made more apparent than ever.

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