The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy is proud to be part of The COVID Collaborative which brings many of the nation’s leading experts in public health, education, and the economy together with associations representing state and local leaders to take unified action to stop the spread, crush the curve, and safely and sustainably reopen schools, businesses, and other places where Americans gather.
The National Governors Association have issued a historic Call to Action to Defeat COVID-19 and Promote National Recovery and Renewal, developed in partnership with the COVID Collaborative. This Call to Action represents a consistent, coherent, cross-state approach to combatting the pandemic, with recommendations addressing the five key pillars of an effective response to COVID-19: testing; contact tracing; public health and social measures; vaccines and treatments; and common indicators of success. Across these pillars it emphasizes the need for state and local leaders to engage with vulnerable communities, ensuring that efforts to defeat the virus are both equitable and effective. The COVID Collaborative will work in partnership with the NGA to support state and local leaders in implementing these recommendations and other efforts to defeat COVID-19.
Just recently, the COVID Collaborative announced a $50 Million partnership the Ad Council on a major vaccination education campaign. The COVID Collaborative also released a toolkit developed in partnership with the Ad Council to support Governors with effective messaging to promote mask wearing, and issued a report on how to improve online learning endorsed by former U.S. Secretaries of Education. The COVID Collaborative has also provided Governors with recommendations regarding monoclonal antibody therapies.
The COVID Collaborative includes expertise from across Republican and Democratic Administrations at the federal, state and local levels, including former FDA Commissioners, CDC Directors, U.S. Surgeon Generals; former U.S. Secretaries of Education, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services; leading public health experts and institutions that span the country; business leaders from CEOs to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; leaders of the NAACP, UnidosUS, and American Indian Higher Education Consortium; major philanthropies like the Skoll Foundation, the Allstate Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente; and associations representing those on the front lines, from the American Public Health Association to the Council of the Great City Schools.