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Informing Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Health Equity Response

Statement of Problem

The COVID-19 pandemic has not impacted all Americans equally. Many vulnerable and marginalized populations are at higher risk of exposure, severe illness, and death from the disease, as well as from indirect harms such as food insecurity and loss of health insurance coverage. PolicyLab experts have raised concerns related to the pandemic’s disparate effects on racial and ethnic minorities, immigrant families, children living in rural areas, the economically challenged, and those with mental health and substance use disorders, among others. Policy and systems changes are urgently needed to address immediate disparities related to COVID-19, as well as the underlying issues that have created them.


Informing Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Health Equity Response


Our Health Equity Portfolio is working with Pennsylvania’s Department of Health to develop recommendations for addressing health disparities related to COVID-19.

Next Steps

PolicyLab experts have continued their involvement with the Pennsylvania Department of Health in helping to implement the initial recommendations as well as informing its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans.

This project page was last updated in May 2021.

Suggested Citation

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PolicyLab. Informing Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Health Equity Response [Online]. Available at: [Accessed: plug in date accessed here].