Today, Advancement Project California, as part of our RACE COUNTS initiative, released our COVID-19: Statewide Vulnerability & Recovery Index. The Index is a new tool that provides policymakers and advocates with actionable data to chart a path to a more equitable post-pandemic future. State and local leaders should lean into and use the Index to eradicate systemic racism entrenched in our public systems so that all Californians can thrive.
Over 3 million Californians have contracted COVID-19; over 40,000 have died from it. Amongst those, Latinx and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) have the highest case rates. Black, NHPI, and Latinx communities have the highest death rates. At stake is not only the health and safety of these communities but also our collective well-being.
We need policies rooted in equity to repair the harm done by the pandemic. RACE COUNTS’ new Index is critical to helping policymakers identify and target resources to our highest-need communities to build future resilience and create a more equitable tomorrow.
We must do more to prioritize the health and safety of low-income people of color and put them on a path to not only recover but thrive in the future. Policymakers can start by using our tool to identify and direct funding and policy solutions to those most impacted by the pandemic and decades of systemic racism.
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