While efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have been difficult in all environments, the conditions for those working in agricultural production raise additional challenges. Migrant and seasonal farmworkers, many of whom travel as crops ripen throughout the spring and summer, live and work under conditions that even before COVID-19 posed risks to their safety and wellbeing. This expert perspective examines approaches to addressing the particular risks of COVID-19 faced by farmworkers, provides a survey of state and local policies and outlines some key themes and recommendations for policymakers as they work to support agricultural workers and stem the spread of COVID-19.
Health Equity and COVID-19: Tracking and Taking Action to Address Disparities
Health Equity Solutions and SHADAC
On Thursday, May 7, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar in partnership with technical experts from Health Equity Solutions and SHADAC. As the COVID-19 crisis evolves, it has become increasingly clear that vulnerable populations are disproportionately impacted. Unsurprisingly, these disparately affected groups are the same ones that have long experienced stark health disparities, such as communities of color, low income populations, and those that reside in congregate living facilities (nursing homes, jails, shelters, etc.).
The webinar reported on how states are tracking the disproportionate impact of the disease on vulnerable populations and provided a framework for states to examine their COVID-19 response efforts to yield better outcomes for such populations. During the webinar, presenters shared insights from recent SHVS publications States’ Reporting of COVID-19 Health Equity Data and Five Key Questions State Health Officials Can Ask Right Now to Advance Health Equity During COVID-19 Response Efforts