A Fair and Just Recovery

A note from our director

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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.

Sheri Johnson

UWPHI Insights

Original discourse on COVID-19 created by the UWPHI team

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)

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 should include automatic economic protection and swift relief for people already experiencing injustice.

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)

CHR&R work includes a partnership with the University of Chicago on the US COVID Atlas, a webinar series on response and recovery, and more!

Paula Tran Inzeo talks with Marisa Wojcik of PBS Wisconsin about A Fair and Just Recovery.  Video and transcript.  (Added 10/29/20)

Research by the UWPHI team