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Roosevelt House COVID-19 Forum

The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to be felt throughout the world. To date, more than 180 countries are reporting cases within their borders, and the total number of cases has surpassed 2.7 million worldwide with a global death toll of more than 189,000. Medical professionals, at the frontline of the pandemic, are overwhelmed with COVID-19-infected patients in hospitals while lacking adequate supplies of PPE that are critical for their own safety. Beyond threatening the health and well-being of billions of people worldwide, the health crisis has brought the global economy to a standstill as countries have implemented stay-at-home orders, closed schools and offices, and required only essential employees to report to work. The fallout from a deadly pandemic and a contracted global economy of this magnitude has revealed the deep fissures of existing and chronic inequalities in the world related to job security, frayed safety nets, overburdened public health systems, the limited ability for local economies to withstand shocks and risks, digital divides, and the lack of emergency preparedness.

As the world struggles to respond to the devastation of the public health outbreak, experts and thought leaders from a wide variety of fields have sought to gain a holistic understanding of the current crisis and its impact. The Roosevelt House COVID-19 Forum brings together voices from our faculty, students and experts to share their analyses and opinions on the far-reaching economic, social, political, and community-level impacts of the pandemic; the policy responses that are needed to build and strengthen safety nets for affected communities; and the nature of emergency response protocols for preparedness that must be established to withstand shocks of this scale in the future. The Forum features opinion pieces, interviews, online webinars, and course offerings for students, and is a resource for those seeking an interdisciplinary lens of critical inquiry and analytic frameworks that will feature perspectives from the social sciences, humanities, and STEM fields.

The writing and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute or Hunter College.
April 13, 2020

The Other Danger of COVID-19: Why the Federal and State Governments Must Take Action on the Increased Threat of Domestic Violence During Social Distancing

As of April 6, 2020, just under 90% of Americans are under orders to stay at home to avoid the spread of COVID-19. For most people, home is safest place…  

April 10, 2020

The Reality of the Coronavirus Pandemic for the American Medical System – Online Event

April 7, 2020

How are we going to define our new “normal”? After recovering from COVID-19 our return to normalcy should not translate to complacency.

Within the past two weeks I have switched to remote learning, evacuated my dorm room, adjusted to working at home, and quarantined myself to a tiny studio apartment. My future…  

April 3, 2020

Awakening in Tomorrow’s Post-Pandemic World: Economic Policy in the Aftermath of COVID-19

RH Public Policy Program Faculty Member, Stephanie Woolhandler, quoted in Time — “Hospitals Got $100 Billion in the Stimulus Package. But A Lot of That Could Go Toward Administrative Costs”

TITLE: Roosevelt House Public Policy Program Faculty Member, Stephanie Woolhandler, quoted in Time — “Hospitals Got $100 Billion in the Stimulus Package. But A Lot of That Could Go Toward…  

March 27, 2020

Virtual Brownbag: Responding to COVID-19

March 24, 2020

RH Public Policy instructors Ruth Finkelstein and Christian González-Rivera co-author op-ed in City Limits — “What ‘Social Distancing Means for Older Adults’”

Roosevelt House Public Policy instructors Ruth Finkelstein and Christian González-Rivera co-author an op-ed about the dangers of isolation for senior citizens who might not receive vital medical information and are…  

March 23, 2020

Social and Economic Implications of ‘Social Distancing’ during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Interviews with Nobel Laureates in Economics

Abraham Gutman (Hunter College, Class of 2016), editorial writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer, interviews three renowned economists, including two Nobel Laureates, on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gutman talked…  

March 19, 2020

Roosevelt House Advisory Board Member Stan Litow Weighs in on the Coronavirus and Public Education

Roosevelt House Advisory Board Member Stan Litow weighs in on the coronavirus and public education in his article for the Albert Shanker Institute titled “Education Must Be Part Of Our Coronavirus…