WASHINGTON — MDHHS Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun has been appointed to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, according to a news release Wednesday.
The task force will address race, ethnicity, geography, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other factors contributing to disparities in testing, cases, hospitalizations and mortality rates.
Others appointed to the 12-member task force include:
Mayra Alvarez of San Diego, CA
James Hildreth of Nashville, TN
Andrew Imparato of Sacramento, CA
Victor Joseph of Tanana, AK
Joneigh Khaldun of Lansing, MI
Octavio Martinez of New Braunfels, TX
Tim Putnam of Batesville, IN
Vincent Toranzo of Pembroke Pines, FL
Mary Turner of Plymouth, MN
Homer Venters of Port Washington, NY
Bobby Watts of Goodlettsville, TN
Haeyoung Yoon of New York, NY
They’ll be expected to issue recommendations on equitable allocation of COVID-19 resources and relief funds, effective outreach and communication to underserved and minority populations, and improving cultural proficiency within the Federal Government.
Additional recommendations include efforts to improve data collection and use, as well as a long-term plan to address data shortfalls regarding communities of color and other underserved populations.