We know that everyone is working hard in these uncertain times and look to be responsive to the needs of staff whose normal duties are working on 1815/1817 Category B strategies. Tara Trujillo from Colorado has some thoughts she would like to share.
I've been thinking a lot about how to channel the stress and anxiety that many of us are feeling, as we learn more about how COVID-19 is affecting our friends, families and communities, into action. And I'd be grateful to hear from other chronic disease professions on how they're doing this.
We know that chronic disease prevention and management are key to public health and resilience, but that social inequities are the root of how those chronic diseases are distributed in the United States and across the world. And that distribution isn't equal. By and large, workers in lower-wage jobs don't have paid leave and can't work at home. Where do you isolate if you don't have a home in the first place? How do you manage your high blood pressure or cholesterol or keep attending your cardiac rehab when you're now unemployed?
We have to move upstream and address those inequities. How can we add our strengths to rebuilding a system where everyone has health insurance, where people have affordable housing and enough to eat, where everyone can earn a livable wage? What's our role, as practitioners of cardiovascular health services, as big-picture public health professionals in advancing a system truly rooted in prevention?
The time is now, isn't it? As faith in long-standing systems gets shaken, as the cracks in the foundations of the health care and the economy start showing. What, specifically, will we all do differently on the other side of COVID-19?
Please feel free to share your thoughts with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.