A task force established by Gov. John Bel Edwards to help address the racial disparities apparent in Louisiana’s COVID-19 death toll will hold a meeting that the public can watch online at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon.
The Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force has submitted a report to Edwards that makes recommendations on how to improve COVID-19 testing for vulnerable communities, how to better monitor the disease’s impact on marginalized groups and how to better protect those who are incarcerated and in nursing homes. The report also recommends policy changes that would reduce inequities and suggests ways to help faith-based and community organizations more reliably provide public health information to the communities they serve.
In an April press release announcing the formation of the task force, Gov. Edwards said a health equity dashboard would be created “to monitor the progress of the task force.” According to the published agenda for Friday’s meeting, the health-equity dashboard subcommittee will be presenting a report. A subcommittee investigating racial disparities in healthcare will also present a report.
Members of the committee will use Zoom to connect with one another. The rest of the public can watch as the meeting is streamed live on YouTube.
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