Pandemics are by definition global, yet the U.S. and much of the world's response thus far has been overtly nationalistic. In our Right to Health Web-In: “Country- & Community-Led Responses: Creating Sustainable Solutions to a Global Pandemic,” we explored an alternative vision: one in which countries stand in solidarity with one another, particularly those who have borne the burden of colonialism and structural racism for generations.
Our panelists unpacked what it means for a public health response to be country-owned and community-led. They will discuss how such programs have been successfully developed and implemented in the past, then explore how that history can inform our efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
The panel discussion was followed by small groups discussions, where participantslearn from facilitators sharing international perspectives surrounding pandemic response, and strategies to end this pandemic and curb the pandemics of the future.
“Take a step back and listen. Do not come to the table with
your preconceived solutions.”
- Dr. Tinashe Goronga
(Panelist, COVID-19, Climate, and Community)
COVID, CLIMATE & COMMUNITY
MAKING CONNECTIONS TO ACHIEVE JUSTICE FOR ALL
Our climate justice web-in used a participatory, community-centered lens to explore how COVID-19 and climate are connected. After learning from a panel of speakers with extensive experience in community mobilization, climate justice, and One Health, we organized into interactive small groups that envision and co-create sustainable solutions to optimize planetary health, prevent future pandemics, and achieve justice for all. By cultivating models for effective collaboration within our diverse global community, together we will build momentum for a transformative movement that directly links environmental sustainability with human health.