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Health Equity in Action

Health Equity in Action

Health equity is when everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This page provides a snapshot of some of CDC’s work with partners to support communities at higher risk for COVID-19. Learn more about how CDC promotes fair access to health during COVID-19 by exploring this page.

HealthEquityinAction

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 and Place-Based Focus

During the COVID-19 response, CDC continues to focus its health equity efforts on these populations of focus. Visit the CDC COVID-19 Response Health Equity Strategy to learn more.

  • People from racial and ethnic minority groups
  • 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
  • People born outside of the US

COVID-19 Health Equity Projects

Accessible Materials and Culturally Relevant Messages for People with Disabilities Project

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Populations of focus: People with disabilities, caregivers of people with disabilities, and  organizations serving people with disabilities

Purpose: 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

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

Afghanistan’s Polio Program and Fight Against COVID-19

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Populations of focus: Communities in Afghanistan experiencing wild poliovirus

Purpose: Make up for the missed polio vaccinations due to the temporary pause in vaccination campaigns during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic – a necessary break that helped protect health workers and communities from unnecessary exposure during the pandemic. Learn moreexternal icon

Partners: World Health Organization, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary International, Gavi

Campaign to Prevent and Control Infectious Diseases Among Migrant Foreign-born Workers in Protein-Processing Industries – Regional Demonstration Project

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Population of focus: People who work in protein processing (meat, poultry, and seafood) and have limited English proficiency, as well as their families, in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.

Purpose: To improve emergency preparedness and response activities among workers by strengthening partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs) and increasing CBOs’ capacity to address public health emergencies, including pandemics. Learn moreexternal icon

Partners: Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc., Rebirth, Inc., Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas (CATA), Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC), and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 27

CDC Foundation Southern Alliance

It's not over yet. Mask Up

Populations of focus: African American and non-Hispanic Black people in Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi

Purpose: To enlist established and trusted organizations in mobilizing African American and non-Hispanic Black communities at higher risk for COVID-19 illness and death to adopt and sustain COVID-19 preventive and community mitigation strategies. Learn moreexternal icon

Partners: Albany State University, Jackson State University, Tulane University, University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Xavier University of Louisiana

Engaging Faith Leaders to Protect their Congregations and Communities

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Populations of focus: Faith leaders and faith-based organizations

Purpose: To share information, best practices, and lessons learned on engaging faith communities in COVID-19 prevention, including collaborations between faith and government partners and development of resources for faith communities. Learn more

Partners: Christian Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (Nigeria), Christian Health Association of Kenya (Kenya) and Coptic Mission, Catholic Medical Mission Board (Haiti), Mildmay (Uganda), and Circle of Hope (Zambia)

Mask America Challenge

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Populations of focus: Title 1 school districts and students

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

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

National Partnership for Preparedness and Rapid Response to Public Health Emergencies Among Agriculture Workers

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Populations of focus: Migratory and non-US-born agriculture workers

Purpose: Build a sustainable and supportive partnership with organizations serving agriculture workers around the country to enhance CDC and organizations’ capacity to address the ongoing COVID-19 threat, and other future infectious disease emergencies, in agricultural communities. Learn moreexternal icon

Partner: National Center for Farmworker Health

National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants

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Populations of focus: Refugees, immigrants, and migrants (RIM) in the United States.

Purpose: 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

Partner: University of Minnesota

Optimizing COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control in Clinical Practice

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

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

Partner: Infectious Diseases Society of America

Partnering for Vaccine Equity

Get vaccinated. For the elders. For the youth. For the future.

Populations of focus: Healthcare providers serving Black/African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander adults

Purpose: To build the evidence base of effective interventions for reducing racial and ethnic disparities in adult vaccination, and to make an immediate impact on racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 and influenza vaccination rates, by funding national organizations to implement tailored education, outreach, and access strategies. Learn moreexternal icon

Partners: National Medical Association, National Black Nurses Association, Choose Healthy Life, National Hispanic Medical Association, Association of American Indian Physicians, and National Council of Urban Indian Health

Promoting Vaccination Among Essential Workers

You are essential. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine adds one more layer of protection

Populations of focus: Essential and frontline workers

Purpose: To support vaccine implementation for essential workers through linkages with workers, industry, labor, and other partners. Learn more

Partners: Health Action Alliance, National Occupational Research Agenda Sector Councils (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Construction; Healthcare and Social Assistance; Manufacturing; Mining; Oil and Gas Extraction; Public Safety; Services; Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities; and Wholesale and Retail Trade), labor unions, trade associations, and federal and jurisdictional government

Providing Access to Sanitation Stations During COVID-19

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Populations of focus: People experiencing homelessness in southern Nevada, central Florida, and Puerto Rico

Purpose: To set up handwashing stations and portable toilets for people experiencing homelessness. Access to handwashing supplies and restrooms can be challenging for this population. Learn moreexternal icon

Partners: CDC Foundation and Clean the World Foundation

Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Adult Immunization

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Populations of focus: Racial and ethnic minority groups (African American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic/Latinx American, and Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander adults)

Purpose: Build the evidence base of effective interventions for reducing racial and ethnic disparities in adult vaccination, as well as make an immediate impact on racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 and influenza vaccination rates, by funding national organizations to implement tailored education, outreach, and access strategies.

Partners: Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Association of American Indian Physicians, Association of Immunization Managers, CDC Foundation, Community Catalyst, Conference of National Black Churches, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, National Association of Community Health Centers, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Council of Negro Women, National Council of Urban Indian Health, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association, National Minority Quality Forum, National Urban League, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (and various Tribal Epidemiology Centers), UnidosUS, Urban Institute

Toolkit for People with Disabilities

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Populations of focus: People with disabilities and care providers of people with disabilities

Purpose: Provide COVID-19 guidance and resources for people with disabilities and care providers. Learn more

Partners: FEMA, CDC Foundation, Georgia Tech Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation, University of North Carolina Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, DeafLink, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services.

Project Spotlight:

CDC Foundation Southern Alliance

It's not over yet. Mask Up

Populations of focus: African American and non-Hispanic Black people in Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi

Purpose: To enlist established organizations that reach communities with a high proportion of African American and non-Hispanic Black residents at higher risk for COVID-19 illness and death to adopt and sustain COVID-19 preventive and community mitigation strategies.

Partners: Albany State University (ASU), Jackson State University (JSU), Tulane University (TU), University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), and Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA)

Project website: https://www.cdcfoundation.org/programs/southern-alliance-addressing-covid-19-among-african-american-communitiesexternal icon

Description: CDC Foundation is focused on building the capacity of a “Southern Alliance” of five higher education partners united to increase community prevention of COVID-19 in different subgroups of African American and non-Hispanic Black people in the Southeast. The Alliance has addressed COVID-19 fatigue, misinformation, and lack of access to digital technology and health services by building community trust and key partnerships between the university community, local businesses, faith-based organizations, and other community groups.

Early impact:

  • Promoting masking and other mitigation strategies through wide-reaching mass communication initiatives such as The Skin You’re Inexternal icon and Mask Upexternal icon. Mask Up resulted in almost 500,000 social media post engagements from December 2020 to February 2021.
  • Conducting town halls and listening sessions to understand the changing concerns and needs of a community.
  • Observing changes in community attitudes about vaccination, including community members in three Mississippi counties shifting from distrust to acceptance. These insights were used to secure additional funding to investigate attitude change in rural African American and non-Hispanic Black communities.
  • Mobilizing trusted community messengers to assess miscommunication and mistrust in a community, disseminate culturally appropriate COVID-19 information, and solicit feedback about messaging.
  • Training more than 200 community health workers in cultural humility, with content tailored for engaging African American and non-Hispanic Black communities in Louisiana.
  • Training future public health professionals by engaging university students in needs assessments and program design.
  • Leveraging partnerships with faith-based organizations to guide COVID-19 prevention programming in their communities.

Additional Resources

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

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