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Spotlight will continue to provide regular updates regarding COVID-19 and its impact on low-income communities. Check back to this page regularly to see Spotlights’ latest original content around the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a curation of the latest news and resources from around the web. And to adequately cover the current crises, we are augmenting our regular Wednesday newsletter with additional COVID-19 briefing e-mails on Monday and Friday. Be sure to sign up in the box below if you haven’t already.

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COVID-19 Events, Webinars & Podcasts


September 22 – Housing and Homelessness in California, Cato Institute

September 22 – The 2020 American Family Survey, Brookings

September 24 – A Research-Based Approach to Narrowing our Racial Wealth Gap, Aspen Institute

Previous Events

Beyond Reopening: A Leapfrog Moment to Transform Education?, Brookings

Confronting Utility Bill Affordability During the COVID-19 Recession, Brookings

Advancing Workplace Health and Safety, Aspen Institute

Centering Equity and Job Quality, Aspen Institute

Virtual Town Hall on the Role School Meals Play Amid Rising Food Insecurity During COVID-19, FoodCorps 

Can we alleviate racism and systemic inequality by expanding broadband during COVID-19?, Brookings

The Prescription: Fiscal Policy for the COVID-19 Economy, Urban Institute

Our Essential Work: Immigrants and Rural Economies Weathering the Pandemic Together, Aspen Institute

COVID-19 and the Economy: Recession, Repairing, and Rebuilding, Center for American Progress

Back to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic: Balancing students’ right to education against public health, Brookings

Latino-Driven Solutions and Community Resilience in a Time of Crisis, Aspen Institute

Black Households & COVID-19: Impediments to Economic Security, Brookings

Ensuring an Economy That Works for Black Women, Center for American Progress

Community Colleges Leading the Way, Center for American Progress

Emerging from the COVID-19 Crisis as a More Resilient Society, Aspen Institute

Public Health, the Economy, and Schools, AEI

Delivering Credit to Entrepreneurs of Color Impacted by COVID-19: Why Community Financial Institutions Are Essential, Aspen Institute

Cities Addressing Food Insecurity During COVID-10 and Beyond, Food Research & Action Center

Providing Direct Cash Assistance to DC Residents, Urban Institute

Latinx Economic Resilience During and After COVID, New America

Tackling Child Poverty in the Wake of COVID-19, Century Foundation

Boosting Upward Mobility: Metrics to Inform Local Action, Urban Institute

Race in America: A Conversation with Rep. Karen Bass,Washington Post Live

Reopening America: Equitable Solutions for Workers and Their Families, Brookings

Mitigating the Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Rural Areas, Brookings

Improve Equity and Job Quality in Restaurant Work, Aspen Institute

California COVID and the Black Community, New America

Policies that Could Avert the Next Crisis, Aspen Institute

Ratcheting Up Rural Response, Recovery and Resilience, Aspen Institute

A Roadmap for Re-Opening America, Brookings

Critical Value Podcast – Urban Institute

Paid Family Leave, New America

Home Health Workers and COVID-10, New America

US Food Security in Challenging Times, Aspen Institute

COVID and Black Workers, New America

Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities, Brookings

How Worker Ownership Can Boost Job Quality and Build Resilience, Aspen Institute

Fighting an economic calamity and lessons for the future, AEI

Unlocking the potential of America’s cities, AEI

The Role of Health Philanthropy, Urban Institute

The Impact of COVID-19 on Prisons, Brookings

Don’t Forget People Living in Pain, CATO Institute

The Change Within: New Ways of Living?, Aspen Institute

Subsidizing Jobs for Economic Recovery – Urban Institute

Who Gets Access to Public Space in a Pandemic? – Brookings

COVID-19: A food supply crisis or a hunger crisis? – American Enterprise Institute

U.S. Poverty Campaigns with Sen. Sherrod Brown – RESULTS

COVID-19’s Disproportionate Impact on Black Communities: Coronavirus and the Deep South – Oxfam

Race, Economy, and COVID-19: A Book Talk with Eduardo Porter – Aspen Institute

COVID-19 & Health Equity – American Public Health Association

Learning from History About Disaster and Economic Inequality – Grand Challenges for Social Work

Engaging Immigrant Communities Now – New America

“Who Is Caring For Us?” Town Hall – Caring Across Generations

#Disconnected: COVID-19 & The Digital Divide – Aspen Institute

Helping America’s Kids – Washington Post Live

COVID-19 News

Maryland Food Banks Aims To Raise $28M For COVID-19 Food Access Response

“The Maryland Food Bank has developed a $28 million goal to keep up with growing demands for food amid the coronavirus pandemic. It’s part of Phase Two of its COVID-19 food access response.”

The racist history that explains why some communities don’t have enough ICU beds

“Our struggles with COVID-19 stem from decades of policy choices.”

COVID-19 Spotlight Exclusives

Additional Resources from Spotlight

Coronavirus Relief Bill: What Congress Left Out