Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color in Michigan. African Americans represent nearly 14 percent of the state’s population, yet they represent 40 percent of the deaths from coronavirus. The task force was created per Executive Order 2020-55, and will act in an advisory capacity to the Governor. It will study the causes of racial disparities and recommend actions to address the historical and systemic inequities.

Michigan Coronavirus Racial Disparities Task Force Interim Progress Report

 

The task force will suggest ways to:

  • Increase transparency in reporting data regarding the racial and ethnic impact of COVID-19. 
  • Remove barriers to accessing physical and mental health care. 
  • Reduce the impact of medical bias in testing and treatment. 
  • Mitigate environmental and infrastructure factors contributing to increased exposure during pandemics resulting in mortality. 
  • Develop and improve systems for supporting long-term economic recovery and physical and mental health care following a pandemic. 

The task force will collaborate with community action stakeholders as well as identify avenues of funding for combatting racial disparities. The task force will continue its work until 90 days after the termination of the declared states of emergency and disaster, or such other time as identified by the Governor.

Rapid Response Initiative

The Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities is soliciting applications to fund initiatives that will respond to community needs associated with the disparate impacts the virus has had on communities of color.

Rapid Response Initiative - Final List of Funded Initiatives
 
Meeting Times & Call-in Information:

Task Force on Racial Disparities Community Action Stakeholder Team meeting
The Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities Community Action Stakeholder Team will meet on a bi-weekly basis starting January 22, 2021.
Microsoft Teams Meeting
+1 248-509-0316   United States, Pontiac (Toll)
Conference ID: 962 509 056#

Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities
The Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities will meet on a bi-weekly basis starting January 22, 2021.
Microsoft Teams Meeting
+1 248-509-0316   United States, Pontiac (Toll)
Conference ID: 130 380 551#