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Why it's impossible for some people to follow COVID-19 guidelines

Public health recommendations represent the best scientific advice we have, but this guidance is meaningless if people cannot do what's necessary to protect themselves or their families. Case in point: CDC COVID-19 protocols assume that anyone can easily and quickly get tested, and that people can stay home while awaiting results. RWJF President and CEO Richard Besser recently experienced firsthand the deep frustrations of the current testing environment, and his CNN op-ed lays out how testing failures are a symptom of vast and enduring health inequities in the United States that must be addressed. He lays out the long list of needs—healthcare coverage, paid leave, childcare, housing supports, among others—that will persist well beyond the pandemic.

To transform public health, we must reimagine our data systems

Data systems that only document racial health disparities without measuring the inequities and racism that fuels them contribute to the problem. This failure results in a society such as ours where health disparities are often perceived as biological or behavioral rather than structural. It's a system that stigmatizes. RWJF president and CEO Richard Besser explains that properly measuring and understanding racism, and investing in the public health infrastructure to collect, aggregate and analyze data, are essential steps toward ensuring every person in the United States has a fair and just opportunity to live a healthier life.   —Explore RWJF Data Commission's blueprint for change.

What it takes to end the epidemics of obesity and food insecurity

Avenel Joseph, RWJF vice president for Policy, and Megan Lott, deputy director of Healthy Eating Research, lay out a roadmap for ending obesity and food insecurity that starts with the principle of nutrition securityeverybody deserves access to affordable, healthy foodswhile also focusing on broader social and economic factors that determine whether families can provide nutritious foods consistently to their children. 


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