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Health Equity in Action

Health Equity in Action


To help the United States succeed against COVID-19, CDC is working with state, territorial, local, and tribal partners, and community-serving organizations, to ensure all public health actions address health disparities for all populations.

Populations of Focus
  • Racial and ethnic minority populations
  • People living in rural or frontier areas
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Essential and frontline workers
  • People with disabilities
  • People with substance use disorders
  • People who are justice-involved
  • Non-US-born persons

COVID-19 Health Equity Projects

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Hopi Tribe Support (Arizona)

Communities served: Tribal Nations

Partners: CDC State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support Task Force Tribal Support Section

Objective: Supported the Hopi to mount a robust response to COVID-19 to improve case detection, strengthen epidemiological reporting, communicate safe practices, and encourage mitigation activities. Learn moreexternal icon

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Mask America Challenge (nationwide)

Communities served: Title 1 school districts and students

Partners: CDC Community Interventions and Critical Populations Task Force, CDC Foundation, United Way, Hanes, and Business Roundtable

Objective: Distribute cloth masks to 40 million students, teachers, and staff members at schools receiving federal Title I funding. Learn moreexternal icon

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Optimizing COVID-19 Infection Prevention & Control in Clinical Practice (nationwide)

Communities served: Health care providers (HCP) serving populations at disproportionate risk of COVID-19

Partner: Infectious Diseases Society of America

Objective: Optimize dissemination, adoption, and implementation of COVID-19 infection prevention and control guidance among HCPs to reduce transmission. Learn moreexternal icon

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National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM) (nationwide)

Communities served: Refugees, immigrants, and migrants (RIM) in the United States.

Partner: University of Minnesota

Objective: Provide a centralized hub where state and local health departments working with RIM communities can access data-driven approaches for effective COVID-19 prevention. Learn moreexternal icon

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Accessible Materials and Culturally Relevant Messages for Individuals with Disabilities Project (nationwide)

Communities served: People with disabilities; caregivers of people with disabilities; organizations serving people with disabilities

Partners: CDC Foundation and Georgia Tech Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation

Objective: Deliver essential COVID-19 information to people with disabilities, their families, and caregivers. The project helps to ensure that COVID-19 guidelines are not only accessible to people with disabilities, but also that they are culturally appropriate and relevant to the challenges people with disabilities face during emergency response situations such as COVID-19. Learn moreexternal icon


We continue to collect data to assess and track disparities related to COVID-19, work to expand completeness of the data, and develop new ways of communicating data to the public and other partners.

Take a look at some of our COVID-19 data:

Demographic Trends

People at Increased Risk

Project Spotlight:

National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM)

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Communities served: Refugees, immigrants, and migrants (RIM) in the United States.

Partner: University of Minnesota

Purpose: NRC-RIM is funded by CDC to provide assistance and resources to state and local health departments working with RIM communities that are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

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Description: RIM communities are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 because of long-standing systemic, health, and social inequities. COVID-19 particularly affects people in these communities who experience economic challenges or who are working in essential jobs, like farmworkers and food processing plant employees. Some state and local health departments may not yet be fully equipped to manage COVID-19 outbreaks among culturally and linguistically diverse populations. NRC-RIM offers a centralized, multidisciplinary hub where local health departments and community-based organizations can access data-driven approaches to support effective COVID-19 prevention among RIM communities.

Preliminary or early impact:

Additional Resources

CDC has COVID-19 resources for these Health Equity populations of focus

More on Health Equity

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External Resources