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Fostering Equitable Change During COVID-19

July 30, 2020

COVID-19 is amplifying why systemic racism in America is a public health issue. Communities of color are being disproportionately burdened by this pandemic due to persistent inequities that increase their risk to more severe bouts of COVID-19 and death. America is currently engaged in dual crises to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to advance racial justice.

On this episode, speakers will address both issues and highlight the importance of public health agencies leading with and integrating equity in their COVID-19 response. We hear from three leaders managing their COVID-19 response by prioritizing areas with the greatest need and supporting community-led decision-making to ensure the most socially vulnerable populations have increased access to treatment, testing, isolation options, and resources.


  • Joneigh Khaldun, MD, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Department of the Michigan Department Health and Human Services
  • Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health
    ASTHO Board Member and Past-President
  • Rudy Macklin, Director of the Bureau of Minority Health Access, Louisiana Department of Health
    Board Member, National Association of State Offices of Minority Health (Louisiana)