In Santa Monica, Challenging the Status Quo Helps with COVID-19 Response

Feature: 2016 Culture of Health Prize community

A Q&A with Lisa Parson, Special Assistant for Equity and Community Recovery for the City of Santa Monica

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred local leaders in government, nonprofits, and businesses to work together to address new issues within daily life.

In Santa Monica, California, a 2016 Culture of Health Prize winner, the city was already measuring community health, regularly asking about issues such as whether residents felt generally fulfilled and whether or not they had the money for necessities such as medical services. This proved particularly valuable in enabling the city and its partners to support the most vulnerable residents during the pandemic.

We talked with Lisa Parson, special assistant for equity and community recovery in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica, California

This Prize-winning community has been building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse community for more than 40 years.

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