Category: COVID-19

Grants in Action: Building Community between LGBTQ+ Youth during COVID-19

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As a 15 year-old in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the last things I expected to do was helping to run a $20,000 grant! As a member of Oregon’s Multnomah County Youth Action Council (YAC), I applied for the grant with our amazing YAC facilitator, Nicole Mayer. As YAC members, we decided Read More >

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National Minority Health Month: Understanding Culture, Community, and Connections to Advance Health Equity

April marks National Minority Health Month! This year’s theme (“Be the Source for Better Health”) focuses on improving health outcomes through our culture, community, and connections. These elements that make us each unique are also critical to reducing health disparities. Recognizing and honoring the strengths and traditions within diverse communities can help improve health outcomes Read More >

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Partnership for Health and Vaccine Equity: Protecting Diverse Communities from COVID-19, RSV, and Flu

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On October 30th, the Office of Health Equity (OHE) and the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a partner call to discuss the 2023–2024 respiratory virus season. A total of 783 unique participants joined the call to learn about current guidance to protect Read More >

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Community Health Workers: Advancing Equity in Diabetes Care

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From standing shoulder-to-shoulder in poorly ventilated spaces to performing back-breaking labor, working at a poultry farm during the COVID-19 pandemic was a physically and emotionally taxing job. Often these difficult jobs are done by people who struggle to find employment, such as those with undocumented status or who live in communities with limited resources. In Read More >

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How the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) Provides Insights into Vaccination Coverage Inequities

Vaccines are one of the greatest advancements in public health in the United States, and integral in keeping community safe from certain diseases. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, people in racial and ethnic minoritized groups have experienced challenges accessing and accepting vaccinations. Existing research measures the success of vaccination programs by focusing largely Read More >

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Health Justice As a Tool to Fight Existing and Future Pandemics

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the nation’s glaring health disparities, highlighting how the communities hit the hardest by the pandemic already had long suffered the impact of structural inequities. From the Syphilis Study at Tuskegee to the disproportionate impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis on members of the LGBTQ+ community, the history of discrimination Read More >

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Looking Forward: Key Milestones in Health Equity!

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The year is coming to an end and many of us are looking ahead to what 2022 holds. Here, in the United States, many of us are vaccinated and safely reuniting with our loved ones. Holiday traditions are commencing in person once again and the new year is quickly approaching. Before writing those new year’s Read More >

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