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Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities

On Thursday, September 17, 2020, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) hosted a virtual symposium to highlight state, tribal, territorial and community-based efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority and American Indian and Alaska Native populations. The Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities virtual symposium featured national, state, tribal and local experts leading efforts developed for public health leaders at all levels and community organizations confronting the pandemic.

The virtual event began with HHS Secretary Alex Azar welcoming 3,600 attendees to the event, along with RADM Felicia Collins, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of HHS Office of Minority Health, who led the symposium charge. The keynote address was delivered by ADM Brett Giroir, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, which then shifted to plenary and breakout sessions with topics covering data, perspectives, responses and solutions for addressing COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority and American Indian and Alaskan Native populations. The closing plenary, moderated by Leandris Liburd, Chief Health Equity Officer, Director of Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was followed by a call to action given by VADM Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States. The introduction of a new learning community and closing remarks was provided by Roslyn Holliday Moore, Deputy Director for Programs, Office of Minority Health.

If you were unable to attend the virtual symposium, below you will find the recordings, objectives and presentation slides for all sessions. Additionally, under Resource Hall, you will find tools and resources on data, testing, vaccine, clinical trials, and more to support efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority and American Indian and Alaskan Native populations.

Opening Plenary

Alex Azar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services welcomes participants to the virtual event followed by RADM Felicia Collins, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services who provides a charge to participants. ADM Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides the keynote address highlighting key themes and the Department’s commitment to addressing COVID-19 disparities.

Welcome Video

Welcome and Symposium Charge

Keynote Address

Secretary Alex Azar, JD, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
RADM Felicia Collins, MD, MPH, FAAP, Deputy Assistant  Secretary for Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S.  Department of Health and Human Services
ADM Brett Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Secretary Alex Azar, JD, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

RADM Felicia Collins, MD, MPH, FAAP, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

ADM Brett Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

YouTube [20 min]

 

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This session provides background and context about the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minority populations using the latest data. Additionally, the session discusses the importance of and recommendations for collecting and using race/ethnicity data to ensure an equitable response.

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Sela Panapasa, PhD, Associate Research Scientist, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
Johnnie (Chip) Allen, MPH, Director, Office of Health Equity, Ohio Department of Health
Stephen Thomas, PhD, Professor Health Policy & Management, School of Public Health; Director,
Maryland Center for Health Equity, University of Maryland

Sela Panapasa, PhD, Associate Research Scientist, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

Johnnie (Chip) Allen, MPH, Director, Office of Health Equity, Ohio Department of Health

Stephen Thomas, PhD, Professor Health Policy & Management, School of Public Health; Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity, University of Maryland

YouTube [35 min] Slideset [PDF – 5 MB]

This session highlights state and local efforts to collect, analyze, and utilize data to inform COVID-19 crisis response and recovery efforts for racial and ethnic minority populations.

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Veronica Vital, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN
Vivian Lasley-Bibbs, MPH
Matías Valenzuela, PhD

Veronica Vital, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Arizona

Vivian Lasley-Bibbs, MPH, Branch Manager and Epidemiologist, Office of Health Equity, Kentucky Department for Public Health; President, National Association of State Offices of Minority Health

Matías Valenzuela, PhD, Equity Director, Public Health - Seattle & King County, and Director of Community Mitigation and Recovery, COVID-19

 
YouTube [42 min] Slideset [PDF – 8 MB]

This session highlights state, territorial, and tribal perspectives and recommendations for applying a health equity lens to COVID-19 response efforts.

 

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Winston Wong, MD, MS, FAAFP
Sandra Brown, DNS, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAANP, FAAN
Darielys Cordero, MPH, DrPhc
Stacy A. Bohlen

Winston Wong, MD, MS, FAAFP, Chair and Acting CEO, National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians

Sandra Brown, DNS, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAANP, FAAN, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing and Allied Health, Southern University and A&M Baton Rouge; Co-Chair, Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force

Darielys Cordero, MPH, DrPhc, Special Programs Director, Puerto Rico Primary Healthcare Association

Stacy A. Bohlen, Chief Executive Officer, National Indian Health Board (invited)

YouTube [41 min] Slideset [PDF – 3 MB]

This session highlights promising/effective community-centered approaches for COVID-19 response to racial and ethnic minority populations with a focus on cultural and linguistic appropriateness.

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Sheri-Ann Daniels, EdD, MSCP, BS, CSAC
Ngozi O. Ezike, MD
Puni Jackson
Megan Kiyomi Inada, DrPH, MPH, BS

Sheri-Ann Daniels, EdD, MSCP, BS, CSAC, Executive Director, Papa Ola Lōkahi

Ngozi O. Ezike, MD, Director, Illinois Department of Public Health

Puni Jackson, Program Director, Ho’oulu ‘Āina, Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services

Megan Kiyomi Inada, DrPH, MPH, BS, Research Coordinator, Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services

 
YouTube [36 min] Slideset [PDF – 3 MB]

This session highlights promising community-centered, place-based approaches for COVID-19 responses for racial and ethnic minority and American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

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Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS
Hannah Sehn
Gabriel Chamie, MD, MPH
Carina Marquez, MD, MPH
Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS, Senior Vice President, Community Health & Equity, Chief Wellness & Diversity Officer, Henry Ford Health System

Hannah Sehn, Executive Director, Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment

Gabriel Chamie, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine, University of California San Francisco, Unidos en Salud/United in Health – San Francisco Project

Carina Marquez, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine, University of California San Francisco, Unidos en Salud/United in Health – San Francisco Project

Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, Executive Director, National Association of Community Health Workers

 
YouTube [52 min] Slideset [PDF – 7 MB]

This session highlights state and local efforts to engage and involve leaders and members in the assessment of community needs and COVID-19 response.

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Linda D. Bane Frizzell, PhD, MS
Ala Stanford, MD
udarshan Pyakurel

Linda D. Bane Frizzell, PhD, MS, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Indian Health Board, Governing Board

Ala Stanford, MD, Pediatric Surgeon and Founder, Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium

Sudarshan Pyakurel, Executive Director, Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio

 
YouTube [43 min] Slideset [PDF – 128 MB]

Closing Plenary

The closing plenary is moderated by Leandris Liburd, Chief Health Equity Officer, Director of Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed by a call to action for participants, delivered by VADM Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States. The introduction of a new learning community and closing remarks is given by Roslyn Holliday Moore, Deputy Director for Programs, Office of Minority Health.

Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA
VADM Jerome Adams, MD, MPH
Roslyn Holliday Moore, MS

Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA, Chief Health Equity Officer, Director of Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

VADM Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, Surgeon General of the United States

Roslyn Holliday Moore, MS, Deputy Director for Programs, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 
YouTube [15 min]

Resource Hall

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Resource Title: Type:

HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) Website

WEB LINK

OMH Knowledge Center: COVID-19 and Minority Health Selective Bibliography PDF LINK

OMH Knowledge Center: Pandemics and Minority Populations Historical Reports

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OMH Knowledge Center Resource Guide To COVID-19 Materials PDF LINK

HHS Fact Sheet: HHS Initiatives to Address the Disparate Impact of COVID-19 on African Americans and Other Racial and Ethnic Minorities

PDF LINK

CDC Resources in Languages Other than English WEB LINK

CDC Health Equity Considerations and Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups

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Think Cultural Health Overview PDF LINK

Think Cultural Health E-Learning Programs Information

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Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) – What, Why, How PDF LINK
 
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Morehouse School of Medicine White Paper: County-Level Proportion of African American COVID-19 Case Rate in Georgia PDF LINK Exit Disclaimer
An Overview of the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) WEB LINK Exit Disclaimer
Dr. Mack’s Video Presentation on the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) VIDEO LINK Exit Disclaimer
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CDC COVID-19 Data from the National Center for Health Statistics WEB LINK
CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker WEB LINK
CDC Social Vulnerability Index Fact Sheet PDF LINK
Healthy People 2030 WEB LINK
HRSA COVID-19 Health Center Survey Maps Website WEB LINK
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CDC Contact Tracing Resources for Health Departments WEB LINK
CDC Print Resources on Testing WEB LINK
CDC COVID-19 Testing Overview WEB LINK
HHS Community-Based Testing Sites for COVID-19 WEB LINK
HRSA Health Center COVID-19 Testing Dashboard WEB LINK
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CDC Influenza (Flu) Webpage WEB LINK
CDC Digital Media Toolkit: 2020-21 Seasonal Flu Vaccination WEB LINK
FDA Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Clinical Trials Webpage WEB LINK
NIH COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) Website WEB LINK Exit Disclaimer
CoVPN Clinical Trial Locations Map WEB LINK Exit Disclaimer
CoVPN Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Clinical Studies WEB LINK Exit Disclaimer

 

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