How counties can promote health and equality in the era of COVID-19

The pandemic has exacerbated already existing social and economic inequalities. But this is also a chance to address those issues and bridge some of the divides.

Writing for the California State Association of Counties’ blog, The County Voice, Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) Executive Director Melissa Jones, MPA, explains some of the ways this is being done in northern California.

BARHII is a coalition of 11 public health departments in the San Francisco Bay Area. The consortium has designed a Rapid Response and Rolling Recovery platform to enhance early responsiveness to the pandemic and ensure equitable health and economic outcomes.

There is much else that counties can do to promote equitable health and safety, Jones says. As she writes, BARHII has championed the use of full-time equity officers, paid sick leave, eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, expansion of mental health services, and basic income programs.

Read more about what counties can do to promote health and equality in their communities here.



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