A note from our director
The COVID-19 pandemic is heaping untold suffering across communities and exposing the longstanding structures, policies and systems that have produced unfair differences in how long and well people live.
We must not look away. Rather, we must marshal our collective resources to create a future that leverages existing knowledge, accelerates implementation and catalyzes necessary innovations. UWPHI pledges to “use what we have to do what we can” in this time of upheaval, uncertainty and loss.
COVID-19: A Fair and Just Recovery
The UWPHI team is creating and curating must-read COVID-19 resources that focus on the social determinants of health and equity.
Our goal is to shape response and recovery strategies that lead to better health for all. We hope to present diverse viewpoints on a balance of problems and solutions on issues aligned with our mission. Our resources help clearly identify the root causes of the impacts of the pandemic on our communities.
We have organized these resources in the seven tabs below. The UWPHI Insights tab presents original material developed by members of the UWPHI team. We also share information from other sources about the Impact of COVID, various Responses to COVID, and Recovery steps. We link to helpful sources for Data & Visualizations as well as General Information. Finally, we describe our work with the Department of Health Services and the State Emergency Operations Center’s Community Resilience and Response Task Force (CRRTF).
Original discourse on COVID-19 created by the UWPHI team
- Rethinking the Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2030 by Sheri Johnson, Marthe R. Gold, and Alina Baciu
Proposed LHIs are intended to reflect a balanced set of factors that contribute to overall health and drive equity. (Added 6/17/20)
UWPHI submitted written testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee for a hearing titled “The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color.” The COVID-19 pandemic is heaping untold suffering across communities, especially communities of color. We cannot thrive as a nation when the factors that contribute to good health are available to some and denied to others. COVID-19 exploits structural racism, leading to a disproportionate impact on communities of color. We must marshal our collective resources to alleviate the disproportionate burden of COVID-19. (Added 6/11/20)
- Data Don’t Speak For Themselves: Putting COVID19 Disparities In Context by Hilary Joyner and Olivia Little
We must know who is being most impacted by COVID-19, but data must be released with context and explanation to help us understand inequity. (Added 6/3/20)
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Milwaukee residents faced an imminent threat and cruel quandary: Vote in person and risk our lives. Don’t vote and lose our right to shape the future.
- Public health pandemic responses must include automatic economic and social protections by Lawrence Brown
Public health pandemic responses should include automatic economic protection and swift relief for people already experiencing injustice.
- Improving Health Equity in Wisconsin (webinar)
This UW Global Health Institute webinar examines poverty, race and health in the state’s communities impacted by inequities. Sheri Johnson, director of the UW-Madison Population Health Institute, moderates the panel that includes Paula Tran Inzeo, director of the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) program, and Lakita Maulson, a UW medical student, class of ’21, in the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Nation. (The webinar is first in the UW Global Health Institute webinar series “COVID & Equity: What We’ve Learned; Where We Go From Here”) (Added 8/31/20)
Research by the UWPHI team
- Emergency COVID-19 Project (Behavioral Health – Prevention and Treatment)
COVID-19 widens existing disparities that are deeply rooted within our social and economic systems. Even though anyone can be affected by COVID-19, it does not impact everyone in the same way. These resources acknowledge and describe that disproportionate impact.
By race and ethnicity
- Cancer Alley (YouTube)
One reason why coronavirus hits black people the hardest (Racial equity, environmental justice and COVID) (Added 6/17/20)
- Racial Capitalism: A Fundamental Cause of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Inequities in the United States (from Health Education and Behavior)
The over-representation of Black death reported in Detroit, Michigan is a case study for this argument. Racism and capitalism mutually construct harmful social conditions that fundamentally shape COVID-19 disease inequities. (Added 6/18/20)
- Racial Health Disparities and Covid-19 — Caution and Context (from the New England Journal of Medicine)
In documenting Covid-19 racial disparities, it is important to contextualize such data with adequate analysis. Disparity figures without explanatory context can perpetuate harmful myths and misunderstandings that actually undermine the goal of eliminating health inequities. (Added 6/23/20)
- The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequity of Coronavirus (New York Times-free after sign in)
Racial disparities across all age groups in COVID-19 cases and deaths can be linked to many factors, including non-remote workplaces, less space in the home, and access to testing and treatment. (Added 7/15/20)
- Black America and COVID-19 (from the Harvard Library)
This collection documents the experience of COVID-19 on Black communities in America. Its intention is to create a collective conversation of material for teaching and learning about the contemporary effects of COVID-19 among Black communities as it is tied to the historical legacy of race in America. Topics range from data, health, criminalization, housing, protest, gender and sexuality, labor, music, poetry, and diaspora. (Added 7/15/20)
- ‘The direct result of racism’: Covid-19 lays bare how discrimination drives health disparities among Black people (from Stat)
Racism, not race, is the cause of many health disparities. Racist medical and public health practices persist today, leading to worse health outcomes for Black people. (Added 7/20/20)
- COVID-19 And Racial/Ethnic Disparities In Health Risk, Employment, And Household Composition (from Health Affairs)
Explores and discusses potential explanations for the racial-ethnic disparities in hospitalization and mortality from COVID-19. Disparities in COVID-19 outcomes likely stem from structural racism on many dimensions, including income, education, health insurance, access to medical care, access to food, health status, job characteristics, living conditions, and more. (Added 8/31/20)
An analysis of the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 points to underlying structural inequities. (Added 8/31/20)
“Race and ethnicity play a pivotal role in determining how and when care is accessed, and what the outcome is.” (Added 9/22/20)
Series of short videos developed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine featuring a discussion with Sheri Johnson, director of the UW Population Health Institute. (Added 9/22/20)
On rural communities
- Rural Hospitals Are Sinking Under COVID-19 Financial Pressures (Added 8/31/20)
- COVID‐19 Death Rates Are Higher in Rural Counties With Larger Shares of Blacks and Hispanics
Using data from the first five months of COVID-19, this study examined the intersections between rurality and race/ethnicity in COVID‐19 outcomes.
- Poll: Half of Households in the Four Largest U.S. Cities Report Serious Financial Problems Including Depleted Savings, and Trouble Paying Bills or Affording Medical Care
This is the first report in the Impact of Coronavirus on Households Across America series, by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Added 9/16/20)
On other types of communities
- The Detrimental Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health (from the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice)
For the poor and disenfranchised, many social determinants of health are expected to worsen during the COVID-19 pandemic and in its aftermath, namely, employment, housing, food, education, and health care. Public health professionals and policy makers need to proactively work with community partners to influence policies and other relevant sectors to ensure that health inequities do not intensify for the most vulnerable in our communities. (Added 6/18/20)
- The sun is hot and you can’t breathe in a mask’ – life as an undocumented farmworker (from the Guardian)
For more than two decades, Roberto Valdez has harvested crops in California’s eastern Coachella Valley… An undocumented immigrant, he is not eligible for federal relief during the Covid-19 pandemic, but while millions of people shelter in place, he continues to work in the fields with his wife. Here he tells about his life as an essential worker. (Added 6/23/20)
On different types of facilities
- Severe Staffing And Personal Protective Equipment Shortages Faced By Nursing Homes During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Nursing homes are experiencing shortages of staff and PPE. Facilities with COVID-19 cases among residents and staff, as well as those serving more Medicaid recipients and with lower quality scores, were more likely to report shortages. (Added 8/31/20)
On those with disabilities
Richard Besser (President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) and Rebecca Cokley (Director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress) discuss oversights in paid family leave policies, services, and prescription drug support are putting strain on people with disabilities and caretakers. Concerns grow over “othering” and discussions over the rationing of care. Call for better planning and protocols for people with disabilities in emergency response.
On Stress and Mental Health
Stress is a per-condition of COVID-19; systemic racism exacerbates chronic stress. (Added 9/16/20)
On other considerations
Outlines key considerations for ongoing need to push for affordable, quality health care coverage; well-trained, diverse health care and medical research workforce; and accessible sources of care for all. Provides recommendations for immediately addressing needs of those who are most vulnerable.
- Redefining vulnerability in the era of COVID-19 (an editorial from the Lancet)
COVID-19 and policy responses/ protocols are bringing to light new vulnerabilities for people/groups who were not considered vulnerable before COVID-19 and exacerbating already existing inequalities. A one-size-fits-all model is not appropriate for all members of society.
- Beyond sex and gender analysis: an intersectional view of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and response (from the University of London Global Policy Institute).
A UK policy brief brings attention to the multiple intersecting factors that underpin the impact of the outbreak, encouraging us to go beyond analysis along single dimensions, such as gender and race and to incorporate other axes of disadvantages and inequalities.
- Domestic Violence Calls Mount as Restrictions Linger: ‘No One Can Leave’ (New York Times-free after sign in)
The coronavirus has created new tensions. Staying at home has worsened abusive situations. Shelters worry about the spread of the virus. (Updated August 7, 2020)
Stress is a per-condition of COVID-19; systemic racism exacerbates chronic stress. (Added 9/16/20)
Learn how Wisconsin and others across the nation have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with strategies and solutions that focus on promoting health equity.
Free download of book from National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine
Social Distancing, Stay At Home Orders, and Re-opening
- Social Distancing Is a Privilege by Charles M. Blow (New York Times-free after sign in)
Social distancing and staying at home are not privileges that everyone has. This article calls to attention disparities between race and income when it comes to COVID-19 infection and death rates, as well as peoples’ ability to work from home, or social distance.
- Masks help stop the spread of coronavirus – the science is simple and I’m one of 100 experts urging governors to require public mask-wearing
From the Conversation, written by a scientist from the University of San Francisco. Discusses the evidence and likely results from mask-wearing.
Commentary from US News and World Report. By investing in efforts to address inequity, business leaders can make a lasting difference on community well-being.
From Fast Company. “The fact that we have this enormous fraction of the population, which is living pretty much right at the edge, and now threatens to go right over it, is no longer something that [companies] don’t have to worry about. It’s right here.”
Policy-makers and Local Decision-makers
- Supporting safe homes and safe communities during the COVID-19 pandemic—what’s emerging from the field from the Prevention Institute
A public health approach to preventing violence is ever more important: we need to examine the data, put community members in the lead, and work across sectors.
- Trusted research can guide equity-focused policies addressing COVID-19 (by Brian Quinn and Mona Shah, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
Where one lives, race, and income have implications for a person’s opportunity for a healthy life and the coronavirus will continue to illuminate inequities. This article provides recommendations for ways to address historic inequities, and urges us to use this time as an opportunity to protect communities.
COVID-Local and the Frontline Guide are a joint project of the Global Biological Policy Program at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), the Center for Global Development, and the Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security, in collaboration with Talus Analytics. Developed by a team of experts and former public health officials, in consultation with current state and local officials about the key issues they face. Its focus is on providing information for both slowing and suppressing the spread of the virus, and also on supporting community needs.
- Equitable Pandemic Preparedness and Rapid Response: Lessons from COVID-19 for Pandemic Health Equity
From the Journal for Health Politics, Policy and Law. This piece (by Alberti, Lantz et al) proposes a health equity framework for pandemic preparedness and response that recognizes the fundamental causes of social and health inequity while focusing on the upstream, midstream, and downstream effects of policy. (Added 6/23/20)
- Beyond School Walls: How Federal, State and Local Entities are Adapting Policies to Ensure Student Access to Healthy Meals During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), reviews steps the federal and state governments have taken to ensure students’ access to healthy meals when schools are closed and what needs to be done to ensure continued meal access as all school systems face uncertainties about how to safely reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. (Added 7/27/20)
Addressing impacts on communities of color, Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik joins the program to discuss how the city is coping with the pandemic, including the recent election, the upcoming Democratic National Convention, the city’s free mask program and more. (Added 8/31/20)
Federal Response in Tribal Communities
From the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center. (Added 8/3/20)
- Emerging Stronger than Before: Guidelines for the Federal Role in American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes’ Recovery from the COVID‐19 Pandemic
From the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center. (Added 8/3/20)
Despite a 2014 commitment to disaggregate public health data for Indigenous people including tribal nations in the United States, tribal communities do not have that data as they look to respond to the the long-term consequences of COVID-19. (Added 9/16/20)
- Commentary: The Potential of Rural Philanthropy During Covid-19 (from the Daily Yonder)
Rural communities receive a disproportionately small share of foundation grants, only five to six percent. This lack of capital and associated business development capacity outside of urban areas contributes to widening income inequality.
- OPINION: An open letter to healthcare executives: You hold the power to keep your employees safe and paid. Do better (from the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service)
The Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals calls for employers to keep employees safe, and this matters to all of Milwaukee.
From Untokening. Untokening curated the Principles of Mobility Justice from the experiences of advocates, practitioners and community members from marginalized identities across the country to outline recommendations for mobility justice that are rooted in the liberation of our communities. In response to the current pandemic, their network convened a virtual conversation to share reflections and recommendations for mobility justice in the COVID-19 world.
Editorial from JAMA, by David Williams and Lisa Cooper. The striking racial/ethnic disparities reported for COVID-19 infection, testing, and disease burden are a clear reminder that failure to protect the most vulnerable members of society not only harms them but also increases the risk of spread of the virus, with devastating health and economic consequences for all.
- As 100,000 die, the virus lays bare America’s brutal fault lines – race, gender, poverty and broken politics
From the Guardian. “Already one lesson of the pandemic is clear: America’s deep and brutal fault lines – of race, partisanship, gender, poverty and misinformation – rendered the country ill-prepared to meet the challenges of this disease.” (Added 6/23/20)
From Stat News. Had U.S. leaders taken the decisive, early measures comparable to S. Korea, Australia, Germany, and Singapore, between 70%-99% of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. would have been prevented. (Added 6/23/20)
- Institutions Respond: Ensuring Equitable Care (second in the UW Global Health Institute webinar series “COVID & Equity: What We’ve Learned; Where We Go From Here”)
This video explores how institutions, including the World Health Organization and World Bank, have responded to the pandemic (watch the video here). What policies have guided the response? How can institutional bias be addressed? Who will ensure care is available to all? Ambassador John E. Lange, senior fellow for Global Health Diplomacy at the United Nations Foundation, moderates the panel that includes Stewart Simonson, WHO assistant director general; Graham Harrison, senior science and technology specialist with the World Bank’s Africa Centers of Excellence (ACE) Impact Project, and Lori DiPrete Brown, associate director at the Global Health Institute.
- Tribal Nations Took Early COVID-19 Precautions (PBS Wisconsin video / transcript) (Added 8/31/20)
- COVID-19 – Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources
Roundup of links and resources devoted to racial equity in response. (From Racial Equity Tools) (Added 9/16/20)
As we recover from the pandemic, let’s come together and learn from one another: how can we restructure our world into a better place, one that is more just and equitable? Here’s what recovery can look like.
- A Common Sense, Street Smart Recovery from the Director of Policy Link
Historically, recovery efforts have not deliberately tried to solve for issues facing low-income communities and communities of color. To navigate through COVID-19, the nation should follow the Common-Sense, Street-Smart Recovery principles of center racial equity, put people first, invest in community infrastructure, build equitable economy, and protect and expand community voice and power.
- Why We Don’t Want Things to Go “Back to Normal” after Covid-19 from the Director of Healthy Places by Design
The outbreak is revealing compounding inequities, but also providing an opportunity in that policymakers are frantically willing to try new solutions that were seemingly unachievable before, in order to protect our most vulnerable populations. This article discusses relief measures being preserved and improved for systemic changes beyond the crisis period.
- COVID-19 Racial Health Disparities Highlight Why We Need to Address Structural Racism from the Urban Institute
Article outlines considerations for employment, education, and the racial wealth gap that policymakers should take into account as they prepare to for recovery from COVID-19. Considerations are meant to help the country recover in a more resilient way that reduces racial disparities.
- Health Equity Principles for State and Local Leaders in Responding to, Reopening, and Recovering from COVID-19
From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Health equity principles for communities to consider in designing and implementing their responses so they can recover fully. These principles provide a compass that points leaders toward an equitable and lasting recovery. (Added 6/17/20)
- The Fierce Urgency of Now: Federal and State Policy Recommendations to Address Health Inequities in the Era of COVID-19
From Center for Health Equity Action for System Transformation at Families USA. Along with recommendations for changes in Medicaid and health insurance, this report also addresses some social determinants of health. (Added 6/17/20)
From the Fast Company. From postal banking to Medicare for All to baby bonds, this series of proposals to build our way out of the recession would also help build generational wealth in communities that have been shut out of opportunities. (Added 7/6/20)
From the Black to the Future Action Fund. COVID-19 has exposed the connection between rigged rules and their impacts: Black people are infected at higher rates, and comprise the majority of deaths from the disease in many cities across America. We need a plan for Black communities that protects families, provides access to needed care, and that builds new infrastructure to address current crises. The Black Agenda 2020 is a roadmap for making Black people powerful in all aspects of their lives. (Added 7/6/20)
From the Atlantic. Public health seeks to maximize health and equity across many domains — supporting racial justice and anti-police-brutality protests in a pandemic is aligned with public health ethics and science. (Added 7/6/20)
Instead of perpetuating failed approaches that do not take the American culture of individualism into account, the public health community needs to adopt an inclusive and targeted messaging strategy that frames public health measures in ways that speak to US culture. (Added 8/31/20)
UN Secretary-General warns of the approaching “point of no return” for the climate crisis and proposes climate-related actions to shape COVID-19 recovery.
- Call to Action for a Climate-Resilient Recovery from COVID-19 | UN Climate Statement (Added 8/31/20)
- The COVID-19 recovery can be the vaccine for climate change (Added 8/31/20)
Find helpful local, regional and national sources for data, dashboards, and visualizations on COVID-19.
- Local, Regional, and National Data, Dashboards, and Visualizations complied by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s American Family Institute Data Science Institute COVID-19 Research Group (including Dane County, Milwaukee and State of Wisconsin dashboards)
From the University of Chicago and partners (including the County Health Rankings). The U.S. COVID-19 Atlas is a county-level clustering surveillance tool to provide quick access to county-level COVID-19 estimates, longitudinal exploration, and cluster detection.
From the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The COVID-19 pandemic is a complex phenomenon but models can be useful. Here are tips for making sense of COVID-19 models for decision-making.
From FiveThirtyEight. A laypersons guide to how epidemiologists construct COVID-19 models
From the New England Journal of Medicine. Some models with apparently conflicting conclusions have received substantial press coverage, giving the impression that mathematical models are in general unreliable or inherently flawed. But infectious disease modeling is an expansive field with a long history, encompassing a range of methods and assumptions that are not necessarily directly comparable, or even designed for the same purpose.
From the US Census Bureau
From ColorLines published by Race Forward. In addition to wildly differing protocols at all levels of government, the fact remains: Science and data collection are anything but neutral.
- How coronavirus charts can mislead us (YouTube)
From the Vox Video Lab. This video shows how to read a popular chart of coronavirus cases by country.
Opportunity Insights is based at Harvard University, where a team of researchers and policy analysts work together to analyze new data and create a platform for local stakeholders to make more informed decisions. Combines anonymized data from private companies to provide a real-time picture of indicators tracking the impact of COVID-19, such as employment rates, consumer spending, and job postings across counties, industries, and income groups.
Published in Medium by the Pew Research Center. This post walks through some of the differences in the data available from three widely used sources of information related to the geographic progression of the coronavirus outbreak.
From the Harvard School of Public Health. This describes how to use the methods of the Public Health Disparities Geocoding Project to Monitor COVID-19 Inequities and Guide Action for Health Justice
- The Toll Since Coronavirus Struck: 266,000 More Deaths Than Normal (New York Times-free after sign in)
Comparing recent totals of deaths from all causes can provide a more complete picture of the pandemic’s impact than tracking only deaths of people with confirmed diagnoses. In nearly every state with an unusual number of deaths, that number is higher than the state’s reported number of deaths from Covid-19. Epidemiologists refer the gap between the observed and normal numbers of deaths as “excess deaths.” (Article updated 9/23/20)
From the Harvard Business Review. Incomplete or incorrect data can muddy the waters, obscuring important nuances within communities, ignoring important factors such as socioeconomic realities, and creating false senses of panic or safety.
From the Urban Institute. These data track losses of low-income jobs, defined here as jobs with annual earnings below $40,000, but exclude some workers, such as independent contractors and those working in the gig economy.
From a scientist with UW-Madison’s Applied Population Lab. COVID and physical distancing explained through gaming (Added 6/17/20)
From the Atlantic. A regularly refreshed dashboard offering disaggregated COVID data alongside corresponding population data for each racial or ethnic group and flagging where racial disparities are likely, given data limitations. (Added 6/23/20)
This is a collection of over 100 COVID-19 policy trackers and datasets in the areas of non-pharmaceutical interventions, economic and social policy responses, public attitudes, politics and media coverage (compiled by Lucas Lehner of University of Oxford). (Updated link 8/31/20)
From Emory University. Interactive map with every county in US depicted. Can compare your county to state and to nation based on COVID-19 cases, deaths, and risk factors (obesity, diabetes). Includes % of population that is African-American. (Added 6/23/20)
From Our World In Data (University of Oxford). Country-by-country data on confirmed COVID-19 cases. (Added 6/23/20)
From NPR. Researchers at the Harvard Global Health Institute are leading a collaboration of top scientists at institutions around the country who have joined forces to create a unified set of metrics, including a shared definition of risk levels — and tools for communities to fight the coronavirus. (Added 7/6/20)
The Household Pulse Survey is designed to deploy quickly and efficiently, collecting data on a range of ways in which people’s lives have been impacted by the pandemic. Data will be disseminated in near real-time to inform federal and state response and recovery planning. (Added 7/6/20)
Updated every two weeks, the ongoing Color of Coronavirus project monitors how and where COVID-19 mortality is inequitably impacting certain communities—to guide policy and community responses to these disproportionate deaths. (Added 8/31/20)
A curation of additional helpful resources that look at the COVID-19 pandemic.
State and Local
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- UW Madison: COVID-19 Impact: How UW is supporting public health and the people of Wisconsin. (Added 6/23/20)
- COVID-19 Wisconsin Connect
This resource from the UW School of Journalism and Mass Communication includes a Fact Checker, sections on Calming and Coping, general information about COVID, a space to share your thoughts and ask a question, and more. (Added 8/31/20)
Rural People and Communities
- Community Strategies Group, Aspen Institute: COVID-19 Resources Useful for Rural People and Communities
- ChangeLab Solutions: Coronavirus Law and Policy Resources
- Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation: State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus
- Human Impact Partners: Health Equity Policy Platform for COVID-19 Response and Recovery
- Public Health Law Research: COVID-19 Response Resources
The Community Resilience and Response Task Force (CRRTF) is a partnership between the Wisconsin State Emergency Operations Center – Future Operations Branch and the UW Population Health Institute. In partnership with Resilient WI (DHS), UW Extension, and Governor’s Office Staff, the Task Force aims to integrate concepts of community resilience, equity, and mental health across the COVID 19 pandemic response and set the stage for changes to policy and systems that ensure every Wisconsin community reaches its full health potential. The objective is to strengthen individual and community resilience of groups vulnerable to disproportionate harm by the pandemic. The Task Force’s work is done by enhancing diverse partnerships and connecting groups to public health expertise, resources, and support.
Trauma and adversity can make it difficult to take care of yourself and the people around you. Learning ways to cope with, and recover from, tough times in healthy ways is the heart of building resilience. Resilience matters to COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. Building resilience in communities is a complex challenge; there is no one-size-fits-all approach.
In April, DHS launched Resilient Wisconsin, a statewide initiative designed to provide Wisconsinites with tools to build resiliency. When we build resilience and find ways to cope with life’s challenges, we take a step closer to a healthier future for us all.
The CRRTF is working with a wide range of community partners, advocates, and health practitioners to identify and promote changes to policies and systems to ensure everyone in Wisconsin can reach their full health potential. The team is currently prioritizing sectors that are working on strategies to protect vulnerable groups, including people in jails and prisons, people living with a disability, older adults, people with language barriers, and people with housing and food security issues. This team is also working on strategies to support the needs of health care workers and other essential workers during this pandemic.
CRRTF has focused on building relationships with and addressing concerns from spiritual advisors, law enforcement and first responders, community health care workers, incarcerated populations, mental and behavioral health professionals, domestic and interpersonal violence advocates, migrant workers, rural residents, communities of color, and long-term care providers.
Tools and resources developed or supported by partnership with CRRTF
- Messaging During COVID-19 Resource Suite includes guidance on applying a Transformative Narrative to communications during the pandemic, including sample talking points to help advance health equity in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. (Note: this suite includes the previously published “Health Equity Messaging During COVID-19” resource, now titled as “General Talking Points.”)
- Embedding equity in Wisconsin School Reopening and Planning During COVID-19: Tools and Resources for Local Leaders is a resource for individuals and organizations serving as (or supporting) key decision-makers leading return-to-school planning processes across the state.
- DHS’ COVID-19: Long-Term Care Facilities and Services provides useful information including a link to CDC’s facility self-assessment tool to evaluate current readiness and guide development of a COVID-19 plan that addresses communications, supplies, resident management, visitors, occupational health, training, and surge capacity. A 30-minute overview video of the self-assessment tool explains each section. Facilities can direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Facilities can also request a more detailed tele-infection control assessment and response (tele-ICAR) evaluation by the Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Program of elements for COVID-19 readiness.
- Migrant Worker Resources published by the Wisconsin Farmworkers Coalition, includes resources for employers and workers.
- Returning to Church from the Wisconsin Council of Churches outlines steps aligned with the Badger Bounce Back plan.
- How to Create Resilient Communities in Wisconsin by Focusing on Behavioral Health developed by UW Extension. This document contains considerations for communities or organizations to prioritize the behavioral health of residents in a community.
- Click here for more information about the Community Resilience and Response Task Force’s cross-sector support efforts and/or to view additional resources created to date.