Letter from the GARE Director
Dear GARE Community:
As we prepare to depart for an end of year break, our GARE Team is reflecting on the challenges local government is facing now:
The emergency actions and economic relief efforts that local government is deploying to respond to the resurgence of COVID-19 infections are deemed necessary to ensure that all of us survive this crisis. And yet, emergency orders and relief efforts are often implemented without the participation or insights of the Black, LatinX, and Indigenous community members who are dying at rates twice the level of White community members, and who experience COVID-related unemployment at twice the rate.
The local planning and messaging currently underway to ensure that vaccinations are available for everyone is an opportunity for us to review our data (disaggregated by race) so that we can determine:
- Who is currently benefitting from a health care infrastructure that is connected to our vaccination plan?
- Who is currently underserved / not connected to a health care infrastructure that implements our vaccination plan?
- What are we willing to do to ensure that communities of color who are most significantly underserved are involved in creating a vaccination delivery structure that is accountable to everyone's health?
The deep structural and institutional gaps and barriers that contribute to reduced health and safety for Black and Brown communities is happening right now as we involve ourselves in these next steps. Let us not let this moment pass without practicing racial equity.