Princeton, N.J.—By engaging in a deep, ongoing, and honest commitment to equity, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—and state and local partners—can leverage this moment to ensure that every person and community in America can thrive, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) brief. The RWJF brief lists five considerations that complement equity strategies that CDC raised in its Moving Forward assessment, earlier this year.
After the COVID pandemic revealed critical weaknesses in the U.S. and global public health systems, CDC thoughtfully examined its pandemic response. The assessment and recommendations included in CDC Moving Forward focused on enhancing the timeliness, clarity, and effectiveness in agency actions in addition to governance, structure, and workforce matters. While equity was emphasized as a core value driving the reforms, CDC and state and local public health agencies would benefit from a bolder vision and detailed strategies to make our public health system truly just.