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HHS UPDATE: HHS Actions on COVID-19 & Improving
Outcomes for Minorities and Vulnerable Populations

Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 2:30pm EST


Over the past several months, clear evidence has emerged that COVID-19 is more deadly for persons who are elderly, those with chronic health conditions, and those whose living or working conditions make social distancing more difficult. These factors mean that the disease has hit some minority communities particularly hard, and that is of deep concern to the Administration. As we have learned about the illness, the Department has taken many actions across all of our divisions – CDC, FDA, CMS, HRSA, SAMHSA, NIH – to address the disparate impact of COVID-19 on these populations.

Information & Announcements

What is the Department Doing to Address Disparities & COVID-19?
To provide a full picture of all the discrete actions underway at the Department and its many divisions, we have created a fact sheet, “HHS Initiatives to Address the Disparate Impact of COVID-19 on African Americans and Other Racial and Ethnic Minorities." This four-page document outlines cross-Departmental work to:
  • Improve our Understanding of COVID-19’s Impact on Minorities Through Improved Data

  • Make Testing & Treatment More Accessible & Affordable

  • Provide Guidance for Individuals & Communities Most At Risk

  • Expand Telehealth Options to Ensure Access to Needed Care

  • Strengthen Outreach & Effective Communication on COVID-19 to Minority Communities
For those interested, we have also created a fact sheet specific to HHS responses assisting our Tribal communities, “How HHS Is Supporting Indian Country in Response to COVID-19."

How is HHS Partnering With the Morehouse School of Medicine to Better Reach Minority, Rural, & Other Vulnerable Communities on COVID-19?
Recently, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, Brett Giroir, announced a new initiative. Through our Office of Minority Health (OMH), the Morehouse School of Medicine was awarded $40 million as part of a cooperative agreement with OMH to lead and coordinate a strategic network of national, state, territorial, tribal and local organizations to deliver COVID-19-related information to communities hardest hit by the pandemic. Morehouse will subcontract with organizations with roots and trust in specific populations – like the NAACP or 100 Black Men – to deliver culturally competent information through channels that reach minority communities.

Call With HHS Leaders on Minority Health

This call is not intended for the press and should not be
forwarded outside of your organization.

Focus of Call
Many of you have signed onto letters to the Department regarding COVID-19 and minority impact. Tomorrow’s call is to give you a chance to hear from key leaders in our work in this area. We will also have some time for comments and questions. We see this as a first opportunity to connect with all of you on the Department’s work on COVID-19, but also look forward to more ways to listen and learn from you, as well as share our work in other areas.

Directions for Call
Call-In Number:  |  800-369-3326
Participant passcode:  |  8342863
When:  |  Thursday, June 25th, 2020
Time:  |  2:30 PM ET

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