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.

Embedding Equity in a Local Government’s Response to COVID-19

Myint, P., Hawes, E., Ellis, G., Boman-Davis, M., Montgomery, G.

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Case Study

Policy Change/ Development
Healthcare Access and Quality
Tools Included
Outside U.S.

Infrastructure Support

The Oregon county with the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the United States began its response in the earliest days of the pandemic. The county’s Emergency Operations Center wanted to center equity in its response and did so by rapidly creating new positions on the team: an Equity Officer, an Equity Technical Advisor, and a Language Access Coordinator. It also established an Equity Team within the center. This allowed responses to quickly identify and respond to population needs, especially those in communities of color experiencing disproportionate impacts of disease spread and burden.

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Outcomes of Interest

Reduction of Health Disparities

Priority Population(s)

Hispanic, Latino, or Latinx

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Geographic Area of Implementation


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