COVID-19 | Health Equity

Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Communities During the COVID Pandemic

Conversation with Dennis Culhane, PhD, Shreya Kangovi, MD, MSHP, and Eugenia South, MD, MSHP

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. ET April 10, 2020 Virtual Event

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While COVID-19 affects all communities, the pandemic may have a disparate impact on socioeconomically distressed populations. The health and economic effects on poor and under-resourced areas is likely to be severe and long-lasting. What can we do to meet the needs of vulnerable communities during this crisis? What existing resources can we repurpose, and what new ones are needed to contain the spread of the coronavirus in these areas? During a national movement calling on people to “stay home” and distance socially, what can we do to protect and serve people who are homeless? How can we tap into the sources of strength and resilience in these communities during the coming economic recession? This virtual seminar featured three LDI Senior Fellows who have devoted their careers to serving vulnerable communities through research, policy, and practice. They discussed the magnitude of the problems and explore the contours of the solutions.


Dennis Culhane, PhD

Dana and Andrew Stone Professor of Social Policy, School of Social Policy & Practice

Shreya Kangovi

Shreya Kangovi, MD, MSHP

Associate Professor, Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Eugenia C. South, MD, MSHP

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, and Faculty Director, Urban Health Lab, Perelman School of Medicine

Rachel M. Werner

Rachel M. Werner, MD, PhD (moderator)

Executive Director, Penn LDI; Robert D. Eilers Professor, Medicine and Health Care Management, Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School

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