Practices that show potential to achieve desirable public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting and produce early results that are consistent with the objectives of the activities and thus indicate effectiveness.

Addressing inequities in COVID-19 morbidity and mortality: research and policy recommendations

Wang, M. L., Behrman, P., Dulin, A., Baskin, M. L., Buscemi, J., Alcaraz, K. I., Goldstein, C. M., Carson, T. L., Shen, M., Fitzgibbon, M.

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This study provides short, intermediate, and long term research and policy recommendations by behavioral scientists on how to mitigate COVID-19 through behavior change to slow its spread by enhancing the understanding of impact of health inequities on underserved minority populations. Both the research and policy recommendations included in this commentary emphasize equity-driven (1) research practices, including applying a social determinants of health and health equity lens to monitoring, evaluation, and clinical trials activities on COVID-19; and (2) policy actions, such as dedicating resources to prioritize high-risk communities for testing, treatment, and prevention approaches and implementing organizational, institutional, and legislative policies that address the social and economic barriers to overall well-being that these populations face during a pandemic.

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Reduction of Health Disparities

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