- US Department of Health and Human Services, Presidential COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force
- Delivery Date:
- November 30, 2021
The Presidential COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force was asked to provide recommendations addressing the social and health disparities that have resulted in disproportionately higher rates of complications related to COVID-19.
In January 2021, President Biden and Vice President Harris established the Presidential COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force via Executive Order 13995 to “provide recommendations for addressing health inequities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and for preventing such inequities in the future.”
The pandemic amplified the systemic, widespread social and health inequities in the US. While all Americans were affected, communities of color and underserved populations were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The Task Force was given the opportunity to form a response to effectively address and disrupt these long-established inequities and to prevent them for generations to come.
Coforma supported the Task Force staff’s efforts with human-centered design (HCD) and research. Our approach enabled Task Force members to evaluate and synthesize numerous levels of information and layers of data within the rapidly changing government and health ecosystems, with a goal of delivering cohesive, enduring recommendations founded on a health-justice-in-all-policies approach.