October 31, 2022

The City of Albuquerque’s Office of Equity & Inclusion (OEI) in collaboration with UNM Health Science Center’s Office for Community Health, presented results from the Albuquerque Health Literacy Program(ABQ HLP) at The Pandemic Divide Conference: How COVID Increased Inequality in America. This conference was held this week at Duke University’s Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity in Durham, NC and explored COVID-19’s impact on wealth, entrepreneurship, health, housing, employment and education.

OEI’s Race and Equity Data Insights Analyst, Dr. Billystrom Jivetti, prepared a poster presentation along with ABQ HLP Program Manager Terry Schleder, based on the research and data gathered from the first 18 months of the ABQ HLP. The poster, COVID-19 Pandemic: Impacts on Albuquerque and Major Lessons for Policy-Makers, Social Equity Practitioners and Emergency Management, highlights major lessons learned, how to improve health literacy in vulnerable populations and discusses policy solutions that allow cities to more effectively address future crises.