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Keeping People Safe in Congregate Living Facilities during COVID-19
The Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) invite public health staff, criminal justice reform minded policy-makers and advocates for humane prison conditions, professionals working with homeless populations, labor and worker organization representatives, and others to attend our joint webinar: Keeping People Safe in Congregate Living Facilities during COVID-19.

Evidence suggests that disproportionate COVID death rates for minority populations in the United States may be driven in part by infections occurring within congregate living facilities. This may be related to the disproportionality of ethnic populations that interact with settings such as homeless and correctional institutions, including Blacks, Latinx, Pacific Islanders, and Indigenous Peoples. To address these issues in their communities, public health practitioners and their partners must consider exploring strategies and practices that have already been implemented to prevent COVID-19 from reaching the devastation that other pandemics have caused through congregate living settings.

During this session our panel of speakers will share insights and lessons learned from responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and will call attention to associated equity issues that may disproportionately impact the health of congregate living facility residents, staff, and the surrounding community.

Panelists for this session include:
• Dr. Debra Bogen, MD, Director, Allegheny County Health Department and leadership from partner organizations including Pittsburgh Mercy, the City of Pittsburgh EMS, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, and the Allegheny Health Network
• Nick Boukas, MPA, NE Regional Director, New Mexico Department of Health
• Chief Wendy Still, MAS, Chief Probation Officer, Alameda County Probation Department
• Dr. Matt Willis, MD, MPH, Public Health Officer, Marin Health and Human Services

Dec 11, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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