Health Equity Week 2020

Join the UConn Health Disparities Institute and Health Equity Solutions for the 2nd annual #HealthEquityWeek!
April 5 – 11, 2020

Health Equity Week is a week-long annual campaign created to bring awareness and start conversations on advancing health equity throughout the state of Connecticut.

In 2019, the UConn Health Disparities Institute (HDI) participated in the initial launch of Health Equity Week held at the State of Connecticut Legislative Building and introduced the release of their inaugural CT Report Card on Health Equity among Boys and Men of Color.

This year, HDI and Health Equity Solutions issue a call to action to center health equity in Connecticut’s COVID-19 pandemic response. We call for the consistent collection and public reporting of race, ethnicity, and language data for COVID-19 testing, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. We also recommend that standardized data collection is required across health, basic needs, and economic supports, such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and unemployment. We hope you join these actions so that emergency responses across systems of care can be utilized to address the most medically underserved populations.


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For additional information and resources, see below.

In the News

Frustration growing in minority communities over government’s response to pandemic

Pandemic Exposes Start Health Disparities Generations in the Making, Connecticut Health-I-Team, April 16, 2020.

Data to Promote Health Equity Amid Multiple Threats of COVID-19 CTNewsJunkie, April 15, 2020, OpEd by Dr. Tekisha Dwan Everette, Health Equity Solutions and Dr. Wizdom Powell, UConn Health Disparities Institute.

Why We Need to be Talking about Health Equity During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Hartford Courant, April 11, 2020, Special Issue OpEd by Dr. Wizdom Powell, UConn Health Disparities Institute, and Tekisha Dwan Everette, Health Equity Solutions.

UConn Researchers Find Blacks Are Disproportionately Impacted by COVID-19 CTNewsJunkie, April 8, 2020, coverage of Dr. Cato Laurencin, Chief Executive Officer UConn Convergence Institute and Dr. Wizdom Powell, UConn Health Disparities Institute Director

Black and Latino Residents Hit Particularly hard by COVID-19 in Connecticut, as Experts Fear Disparities will Widen, Hartford Courant, April 8, 2020, interview with Dr. Wizdom Powell, UConn Health Disparities Institute Director and Dr. Tekisha Dwan Everette, Health Equity Solutions, Executive Director

Preliminary Data Raise Questions About Coronavirus Risks for Connecticut Residents of Color
WNPR, April 5, 2020, article featuring Dr. Wizdom Powell of UConn Health Disparities Institute and Dr. Tekisha Dwan Everette of Health Equity Solutions.


Social Media Toolkit
Social Media Toolkit for you and your organizations to take part and lead with health equity in mind and in practice. Follow and use the hashtag #HealthEquityWeek

Para participar y promover el objetivo de tener más equidad en el sistem de salud, por favor ingresar a nuestra página web en español.

Presentation Slides for Legislative Town Hall April 15, 2020; hosted by Ministerial Health Fellowship

Health Equity Syllabus
Coming soon!

Mapping Health Disparities in Response to COVID-19

Data available in CT on PolicyMap allows the ability to interactively visualize multiple data sets and zoom to areas by county, and zipcode to view underlying data, such as census level data and layer with COVID-19. Recent reports have illuminated disparities of COVID-19. We can illustrate the power of the utility of visualizing data by the measure of county percent change in deaths by race/ethnicity populations. For more information on PolicyMap for your organization, please connect with us.