COVID-19 Webinar Series Overview
The COVID-19 Webinar Series synthesizes the information in the headlines to provide cohesive insight into the status of the response and remaining gaps in the system that must be addressed to limit the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.
Session 20 – Tensions, Tradeoffs, and Takeaways: What’s at Stake for America 100 Days into the Pandemic and Where We Go From Here
Just over 100 days have passed since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020. Since then, over 2 million people in the U.S. have been infected by the virus, 640,000 have recovered partially or completely, and more than 120,000 people have died (Johns Hopkins University). The pandemic has led to sweeping ramifications throughout the American economy and society as a whole. Staggering job losses have disrupted insurance coverage and added to the ranks of the uninsured and underinsured, exacerbating existing concerns about access to needed care (The Commonwealth Fund). The pandemic has exposed major societal weaknesses, among them, gaps in our public health infrastructure, vulnerabilities in our health care financing system, and pervasive racial inequities.
As the pandemic progresses, policymakers will continue to be faced with important, wide-ranging, and interconnected decisions, among them, ensuring the health and safety of the population, bolstering health system capacity, addressing disparities among communities of color, and protecting our economy and society from future public health emergencies. During this interactive discussion, three preeminent health policy leaders examined the lessons learned three months into the crisis and laid out considerations for decision-makers as they work to stem the tide of the pandemic and build a more resilient health care system.
- David Blumenthal, M.D., President, The Commonwealth Fund
- Nancy Chockley, MBA, Founding President and CEO, and Foundation Board Member, NIHCM LLC and NIHCM Foundation
- Reed Tuckson, M.D., Managing Director, Tuckson Health Connections; Board Chair, Alliance for Health Policy
- Sarah Dash, MPH, President and CEO, Alliance for Health Policy (moderator)
- Rachel Nuzum, MPH, Vice President, Federal and State Health Policy, The Commonwealth Fund (moderator)
The Alliance for Health Policy gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Institute of Health Care Management (NIHCM) and The Commonwealth Fund for this event.