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Coronavirus Roundup: More Republican Opposition to Vaccine Rules; HHS Touts High Employee Vaccination Rates

Government Executive, December 7, 2021, Coronavirus Roundup: More Republican Opposition to Vaccine Rules; HHS Touts High Employee Vaccination Rates

Last week, a pop-up shop, featuring goods from local women-owned small businesses, funded through a CARES Act grant from the Small Business Administration, opened in Union Station in Washington, D.C. This is a collaboration between the D.C. Women’s Business Center, Maryland Women’s Business Center, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, SBA, Union Station and Ashkenazy Realty.

 “All the data has shown that women have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Women have been leaving the labor force at the highest rates since 1988,” Natalie Madeira Cofield, assistant administrator for SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, told Government Executive at the event. 

But that also means it “creates an opportunity for women with the proper support to walk into the doors of entrepreneurship. And that’s why we’ve been aggressively expanding the women’s business center network.” She is the first Black woman to lead the office and is also the co-chair of SBA’s Equity Task Force.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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