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 Richard Besser explains the importance of transparency, patience and vigilance in improving vaccine uptake, and ensuring that the ability to get vaccinated is not determined by one’s race, income or privilege. Read his op-ed on ABC News.
Fear of COVID-19 forces millions of workers to make the decision to "go to work sick so they can pay rent, buy food and afford child care, or prioritize their health and risk economic instability," says Erika L. Moritsugu of the National Partnership for Women & Families and RWJF Vice President for Policy Avenel Joseph. Read their op-ed in The Hill.
The First Family’s diagnosis is just the latest indication that we are nowhere near the end of this pandemic, Rich Besser, and we all need the support to survive and thrive. Read Rich's op-ed in Scientific American.
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
The CDC was damaged by marginalization and politicization. This is how Biden can fix it.
Four former CDC directors advocate for the agency—which has been the world's gold standard for public health—and lay out what needs to happen to rebuild trust through this pandemic and beyond. When driven by science, unimpeded by politics and consistently funded, the CDC will be able to save lives and protect the economy when threats arrive. Read the op-ed on NBCNews.com.
Dr. Richard Besser: Despite coronavirus, science is NOT telling us to close schools
RWJF President and CEO Richard Besser advises we do all we can to keep children in school by providing the funds for proper staffing, equipment, protective gear and ventilation systems. Without these supports, we cannot expect schools to remain open. Read his Fox News op-ed.
Covid-19 tsunami of suffering: The pandemic isn’t pausing; U.S. shouldn’t either
Rich Besser explains that as the brutal COVID-19 winter looms, suffering in 2020 will continue well into the new year without actions by federal and state governments and a renewed commitment for people to follow public health guidance. Read his op-ed in USA Today.
America's Last Line of Defense for a Safe Vaccine
The two public health agencies responsible for overseeing the approval, distribution and use of a coronavirus vaccine have been undermined and politicized, explains RWJF Executive Vice President Julie Morita and Edward Belongia, director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute. Fortunately, both the FDA and the CDC have a last line of defense when it comes to approval and distribution of a vaccine: panels of outside experts who now merit the nation’s attention and unequivocal support. Read the op-ed in Scientific American.
After Trumps' diagnosis: Vaccine or not, COVID-19 isn’t going away
Rich Besser shares five reasons why the finish line of the coronavirus pandemic is nowhere in sight, and why the people of America and our government must remain vigilant. Read his op-ed in USA Today.
We Can't Allow the CDC to Be Tainted by Politics
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