California COVID Justice: Recovery, Response and Repair is a new statewide campaign to strengthen the ability of California’s public, nonprofit, and grassroots public health infrastructure to:
- Reduce the spread of COVID-19 in historically underinvested communities
- Advocate for equity-focused state and local protections and interventions to mitigate the pandemic’s impact on key social determinants of health in these communities, and
- Build our collective capacity to dismantle the deeply imbedded systems and structures that perpetuate longstanding health disparities.
Public Health Advocates invites you to participate in a 10-member Steering Committee of diverse leadership from across the state to guide the campaign. The committee will meet bi-weekly or monthly to identify the most critical COVID-related challenges facing Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander, LGBTQ, and other marginalized communities. We aim to create an echo chamber calling for local, state, and federal policy, programmatic, and resource solutions to mitigate COVID’s inequitable impacts.
The committee will consider a broad array of COVID-related issues such as:
- Support for public health infrastructure, including conducting surveillance, operating laboratories, implementing health orders, maintaining a diverse workforce, and ensuring the availability of COVID testing sites, trusted contact tracers, and vaccines (when available) in high-risk communities, and
- Enhancing broader and related social determinants of health, including: accessing healthy food, water, adequate housing, financial resources, health and mental health care, and other safety net services.
The committee will include state and local experts in public health, policy, and racial and health equity. Steering Committee members will have the opportunity to renew their commitment annually and will receive a stipend for their participation. To express your interest in joining the Steering Committee, please complete the application below.