Robert Wooden Johnson Basis Says CDC Ought to Heart on Fairness

On Dec. 7, the Robert Wooden Johnson Basis (RWJF) revealed a quick that focuses on how the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC)—and state and native companions—can leverage the present second to ensure that each particular person and neighborhood within the nation can thrive.

The temporary, entitled, “Centering Equity in the Nation’s Public Health System” particulars 5 concerns that complement fairness methods that CDC raised in its “Moving Forward” evaluation, launched earlier this yr.

A press release on the temporary says that “After the COVID pandemic revealed vital weaknesses within the U.S. and world public well being methods, CDC thoughtfully examined its pandemic response. The evaluation and proposals included in CDC “Shifting Ahead” centered on enhancing the  timeliness, readability, and effectiveness in company actions along with governance, construction, and workforce issues. Whereas fairness was emphasised as a core worth driving the reforms, CDC and state and native public well being businesses would profit from a bolder imaginative and prescient and detailed methods to make our public well being system actually simply.”

That stated, “RWJF’s 5 concerns embrace:

  1. Imaginative and prescient, management, and governance. CDC ought to take a holistic method to fairness and place and useful resource fairness efforts for achievement. Efforts should span workforce, technique, and packages in addition to tradition, insurance policies, and organizational construction.
  2. Partnerships and belief. CDC ought to pair robust nationwide management with a decentralized mannequin of motion that sources and empowers state and native companions, together with community-based organizations. With this infrastructure, CDC could be higher positioned not solely to reply to public well being emergencies but in addition to foster extra simply methods of public well being which are accessible and visual to all.
  3. Information and accountability. CDC should measure progress and hone its technique based mostly on the experiences and outcomes of individuals most affected by structural discrimination. As advisable by the National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems, CDC and different federal well being businesses ought to develop and implement requirements for information assortment aiming to incorporate marginalized teams and their distinctive views.
  4. Communications and narrative. Whereas monitoring messages, mindsets, and misinformation, the company should talk accessibly and strategically. The aim needs to be an equity-focused narrative, tailor-made for numerous audiences, that fosters a broader understanding of racism—not race—as the reason for poorer well being outcomes for folks of colour.
  5. Folks and tradition. CDC should worth fairness when recruiting, coaching, and evaluating workers and when conceptualizing public well being experience. CDC ought to develop a set of well being fairness competencies, spanning all elements of the company. Externally, it ought to fund state and native well being departments to construct equity knowledge, skills, and commitments throughout the general public well being system.”

The discharge provides that no matter politics, leaders agree {that a} robust and efficient CDC is necessary to the well being and wellbeing of people within the U.S. Congress and the administration ought to present CDC with political independence in an effort to comply with the very best public well being methods, present sufficient and secure funding to the CDC in addition to state, native, tribal, and territorial well being departments they work with. The COVID-19 pandemic uncovered weaknesses in our nation’s public well being system and, in accordance with the temporary, the reply is a holistic, bipartisan response.