The Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) invite public health leaders, policymakers, advocates, and program administrators to attend our joint webinar: Keeping People Safe in Congregate Living Facilities during COVID-19.

Data suggest that the disproportionate death rates from COVID-19 for African Americans may be driven in part by infections within congregate living facilities—including prisons, nursing homes, and homeless shelters. Infections in these settings also disproportionately affect Latinx, Pacific Islander, and Indigenous Peoples.

In this interactive webinar, we’ll explore the ramifications facing individuals who reside and work in congregate living settings during COVID-19, and the ripple effects this has in surrounding communities. We’ll look at public health department strategies to improve health outcomes in urban and rural areas. And we’ll explore ways to prevent future public health emergencies in congregate living facilities.

Meeting Objectives:

  • Discuss the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on congregate living facilities and their surrounding communities
  • Describe the disparate health outcomes of urban and rural communities that hold connections with congregate living facilities
  • Recognize strategies being used by public health and its partners to tackle equity issues that have been exposed by COVID-19 response


  • Nick Bouckas, NE Regional Director, New Mexico Department of Health on New Mexico’s response to congregate living facilities in rural and tribal communities during the pandemic.
  • Matt WillisMarin Health and Human Services, Public Health Officer on the COVID-19 outbreak at San Quentin State Prison and how to prevent future health catastrophes in California’s prisons and jails.
  • Debra Bogen, Director, Allegheny County Health Department on joint efforts to provide services for staff and homeless persons in their care.
  • Wendy StillChief Probation Officer, Alameda County Probation Department on collaborations between public health and corrections departments.
December 11th
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Online Event