Jan 10, 2022
This brief, produced by our partner NASHP, highlights innovative approaches for funding, supporting, and partnering with CHWs, including pathways for financial sustainability.
Partners: COVID Collaborative, National Academy for State Health Policy, Community Health Acceleration Partnership
Public-private partnerships have existed for some time in various forms, but large cross-sector, multistakeholder initiatives are newly resurgent and not yet widely understood. They are more voluntary & relationship-based than formal organizations but more task-directed than networks. They connect otherwise disparate spheres of activity that bear on big problems by aligning powerful actors behind a purpose-driven mission. Once underway, they can harness & utilize capabilities quickly & flexibly.
Since the late winter of 2019, the world has been consumed and transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the rise and waning of variants and successive waves of infection, together with the rollout of vaccines around the world and some associated hesitancy related to them, now is a good time to take stock of what we’ve experienced, what we’ve gotten right and wrong about the virus, and what the future might hold.
No family, city or nation has been untouched by the coronavirus pandemic. A pressing and unmet need remains to understand why it happened, what worked in response and what didn’t, and how to prevent the next one. Four senators, two Democrats and two Republicans, have proposed legislation to create a 9/11-commission-style national panel that would examine the pandemic and help prepare for the future. This bill ought to be approved by Congress.
Former White House Senior Covid Response Advisor, Andy Slavitt, discusses the growing list of businesses requiring their employees and customers to be vaccinated against coronavirus as the delta variant drives cases up. He tells Stephanie Ruhle that “leading companies need to find a path to vaccinate the workforce.”
The U.S. may finally be seeing the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. To reach herd immunity and return to full societal activity and productivity, we will need America’s parents to allow the vaccination of their children.
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If you are looking for safe ways to serve during this time, we recommend visiting the All for Good Volunteer Hub, created by Points of Light: www.allforgood.org.