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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic extends far beyond the illness itself. Communities of color will be hardest hit, and demand for essential resources across all communities will sharply increase. Our response demands a new level of collaboration, partnerships, and investment. Here is where you can find our most relevant and timely resources to both respond now and rebuild for the future.

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

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

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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Q&A with Dr. Janice Underwood, Virginia’s first cabinet-level Chief Diversity Officer

Since September 2019, Dr. Janice Underwood has served as Virginia’s first cabinet-level Chief Diversity Officer, and she currently leads the Health Equity Task Force. We sat down with Dr. Underwood to discuss the transformative work the Northam administration and her team specifically are doing to fight racial injustice, advance equity across many dimensions of diversity, and build equitable systems in response to racial injustice and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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