Featured COVID-19 Content
Read news and perspectives from RWJF President and CEO Richard Besser and others.
Health Equity and COVID-19
RWJF President and CEO Rich Besser states that for many of the nearly 28 million people in America without health insurance, complying with the CDC guidelines to stay home with COVID-19 symptoms is an impossibility, especially for people of color or those in low-wage jobs. Read Rich's CNN op-ed.
Former CDC Directors Richard Besser, Tom Frieden, Jeffrey Koplan and David Satcher explain why the agency's guidance on reopening schools must be based on sound science, not political pressure—and centered on safety and health equity. Read their op-ed in The Washington Post.
Rich Besser highlights the importance of collecting, analyzing, and reporting data by race, gender, ethnicity, income and other demographics to understand who is being hit hardest by the pandemic and to guide states' response, recovery, and reopening plans. Read Rich's op-ed in USA Today.
Rich Besser highlights how risk of COVID-19 exposure and the ability to protect oneself and one’s family depends on income, access to health care, and immigration status, among other factors. Read Rich's Washington Post op-ed.
Rich Besser and Rebecca Cokley, director of the Disability Justice Initiative, highlight how COVID-19 continues to unearth uncomfortable truths about inequity and speak out for the disabled in America. Read Rich and Rebecca's CNN Opinion commentary.
RWJF Executive Vice President Julie Morita highlights the need to treat Asian Americans not as enemies, but as fellow victims of the insidious Coronavirus that does not distinguish by place, race, age or gender. Read Julie's Chicago Tribune op-ed
The coronavirus response is revealing inadequate health equity and public policy. Read Rich's Patient Engagement HIT op-ed
"It's hitting communities of color harder than other communities," and those facing economic, housing, and food insecurity. Richard Besser calls on us to make health equity part of the COVID-19 conversation. —CNN NewsDay
Brian Quinn, associate vice president, Research-Evaluation-Learning, and Mona Shah, senior program officer, share why decision-makers should turn to research and scientific data to enact policies that address the deep disparities Coronavirus is illuminating. Read Brian and Mona's op-ed published in The Hill.
Informing the Public
We Can't Allow the CDC to Be Tainted by Politics
RWJF President and CEO Rich Besser explains that delaying or politicizing the CDC Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report would be a breach of public trust that could undermine the nation’s efforts to fight coronavirus, particularly in communities of color. Read his Scientific American op-ed.
We Ran the CDC. Here's How to Talk to the Public in a Health Crisis
Rich Besser and former RWJF Trustee Jeff Koplan—each of whom led the CDC during public health emergencies—lay out the importance of regular, science-based and careful communications to inform the public during the “shared journey” of this pandemic. Read their op-ed in Barron's.
RWJF is monitoring COVID-19 and following guidance made available by the CDC and NIH.
The CDC provides information on COVID-19 symptoms, testing, prevention, coping, etc., as well as frequently asked questions.
NIH provides the latest research and information on the emerging, rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.
NAM is mobilizing critical expertise to inform COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, including guidance on safely reopening schools.
FEMA is helping the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to COVID-19.
Johns Hopkins is helping advance the understanding of the virus, informing the public, and briefing policymakers in order to guide a response, improve care, and save lives.
FDA is working with U.S. Government partners, including CDC, and international partners to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
WHO provides daily coronavirus situation reports, news, and recommendations for the public.
Featured Grantee Resources
- Urban Institute–COVID-19: Policies to Protect People and Communities
- State Health Access Data Assistance Center–Studying the Impact of COVID-19: State-Level Data Resources on State Health Compare
- State Health & Value Strategies–COVID-19 Resources for States