Community Update: 4/14/2020

This week Dan Leroy shares some thoughts about equity issues in light of this global health crisis and also announces a job opportunity we just posted on our website



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“Bridging Culture & Health in the Midst of COVID-19,” a radio town hall.

Alongside an incredible panel of community leaders, United Way staff member Dionne Greenlee Jones shares information about our work on this special radio program. Thanks to Buncombe County Government for posting this audio recording of the program that originally aired on WRES 100.7 on April 9, 2020.  Spanish version. 


Equity and Healthcare and Health Outcomes

April 12, 2020 FORBES | COVID-19 Reveals Racial Inequities In U.S. Healthcare System: Strategies For Solutions

Last week, racial disparities in the U.S. healthcare system were exposed with several reports stating that the coronavirus is “infecting and killing Black people in the United States at disproportionately high rates.” When analyzing the racial breakdown in comparison to the population ratio, states like North Carolina and South Carolina have seen an unusually high amount of Black residents infected with the virus. For many, this news was not shocking, as the U.S. has grappled with structural and systemic inequities since the country’s inception. From the education system to the labor market, to housing and incarceration rates, Black people within the United States face a number of structural barriers. Dr. Uché Blackstock is the founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity. Dr. Blackstock shared, “while COVID-19 sees no race, the fact is that systemic factors, like structural racism, have predisposed Black communities in particular, to contracting coronavirus and suffering disproportionately from serious complications of COVID-19.

The Community School Strategy is An Equity Strategy 

Community schools, which feature integrated student supports, expanded learning time, family and community engagement, and collaborative leadership, can be a successful strategy for improving schools under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

That’s the conclusion of this research review, based on an analysis of over 100 studies. This brief, published jointly by the Learning Policy Institute and the National Education Policy Center, discusses the four key features of community schools and offers guidance to support school, district, and state leaders as they consider or implement a community school intervention strategy in schools targeted for comprehensive support.


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