Overview


Disadvantage indices, such as the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index, can help policymakers assess the health of a community and target programs and services in response to community needs. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a growing number of states have used these tools to inform their policy response, including decisions regarding the allocation and distribution of vaccines. This webinar will discuss states’ use of disadvantage indices to inform their COVID-19 vaccination efforts and surface lessons learned and questions for evaluation. The goal is to highlight early learnings to inform states’ ongoing vaccination efforts as well as potential future uses of indices to advance health equity. 

Supported by the Blue Shield of California Foundation, this webinar builds on a June 2021 AcademyHealth workshop that convened state and federal policymakers, researchers, and others to discuss emerging lessons and ongoing challenges related to the use of indices to inform COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

Individuals who register for the webinar will receive the Zoom link by email one week prior to the webinar and on the day of the event.

Learning Objectives


Drawing on the experiences and perspectives of policymakers and researchers, this webinar will:

  • Provide an overview of disadvantage indices and states’ diverse uses of these tools to inform COVID-19 vaccine distribution and related efforts. 
  • Surface best practices, challenges, and lessons learned that have emerged from states’ use of indices to date.
  • Consider evaluation and other questions related to states’ use of indices that, if answered, could help inform whether and how states apply these tools in the future to address social determinants of health and advance health equity.

Speaker List


Moderator:

Hemi Tewarson
Presenter

Hemi Tewarson, J.D., M.P.H.

Executive Director - National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)

Hemi Tewarson, J.D., M.P.H. is the Executive Director of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP). Read Bio

Presenters:

Schmidt, Harald
Researcher

Harald Schmidt, Ph.D., M.A.

Assistant Professor - University of Pennsylvania

Harald Schmidt PhD, MA, is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and a... Read Bio

Rohan Radhakrishna headshot
Presenter

Rohan Radhakrishna, M.D., M.P.H.

Deputy Director - California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

Dr. Rohan Radhakrishna was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to lead the Office of Health Equity (OHE) and se... Read Bio

Respondent:

John Auerbach
Committee Member

John Auerbach, M.B.A.

Director of Intergovernmental and Strategic Affairs - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

John Auerbach is the Director of Intergovernmental and Strategic Affairs at CDC. Read Bio