COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. During this difficult time, Prevention Institute is working closely with our policy and community partners to emphasize responses that address both the urgency of the moment and the necessity of sustained investments in policies and systems that allow communities to achieve lasting health, safety, and wellbeing beyond times of crisis. The way we respond to the coronavirus crisis will show who we are as a society. Therefore, Prevention Institute is emphasizing responses that prioritize equity and underline interconnectedness.
We recommend you turn to local and state public health departments for the most accurate information about COVID-19 in your local area:
We also recommend these general resources:
Prevention Institute resources
Healthy, equitable communities
System of prevention/public health infrastructure
Policy and advocacy
- April 30, 2020: The California-based ENACT Day coalition releases its 2020 policy agenda, which calls for a bold vision of an equitable, community-centered California. PI developed the platform in collaboration with its ENACT Partners: Public Health Advocates, California Food Policy Advocates, CA4Health (at Public Health Institute), and the Center for Healthy Communities at CSU Chico.
- April 21, 2020: PI endorsed the Dear Colleague letter circulated by Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García to sign on as an original co-sponsor of the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) of 2020.
- April 15th, 2020: PI joined over 550 national, state and local organizations led by the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign letter to congress urging an immigrant-inclusive COVID-19 response package.
- April 14, 2020: PI signed on to a letter to congress led by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) requesting urgent attention to the needs of intimate partner and sexual assault survivors, their children, and the programs that support them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- April 13th, 2020: PI joined over 175 organizations on the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA)’s request to Congress to address school meals, SNAP, WIC, and SNAP-Ed in the fourth COVID supplemental.
- April 3, 2020:
- PI joined over 200 organizations representing patients, health care providers, and public health professionals to ask that the Administration take immediate action to alleviate the critical shortage across the nation of ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, face shields and gowns, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- PI joined 160 other organizations in a letter led by TFAH, ASTHO, NACCHO and APHA in support of long-term funding for America's public health infrastructure.
- April 1, 2020: PI joined a request in support of establishing a loan repayment program as part of a Phase 4 COVID-19 response for public health professionals who agree to serve two years in a local, state, or tribal health department, in order to help recruit and retain trained staff.
- For policy statements prior to April 1, see the PI policy portal.