We hope that you can join the Academy and the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee for this joint event examining the impact of pandemic response programs and spending on underserved communities. From the outset of the pandemic, it became clear that health and economic burdens were not shouldered equally among the American population. For example, minority and women-owned businesses reported difficulties accessing emergency business loans, and those living in rural areas experienced challenges accessing testing and vaccination clinics.
The expert panelists will discuss the impact of pandemic spending on underserved communities and the extent to which the pandemic response was equitable. It will be an open conversation about lessons learned and recommendations to improve administration of the American Rescue Plan and future disaster relief efforts.
This event is an on-the-record event open to the press.
Shena Ashley, Vice President of Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute
John Friedman, Co-Director of Opportunity Insights, Harvard University; Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Brown University
Andre Perry, Senior Fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings
Clarence Wardell III, Chief Data and Equitable Delivery Officer with the American Rescue Plan Implementation Team at the White House
Joseph P. Mitchell, Director of Strategic Initiatives & International Programs at the National Academy of Public Administration