COVID-19 Is Crushing Black Communities. Some States Are Paying Attention

As states begin to ease quarantine restrictions, epidemiologists caution that success in conquering the next wave of the pandemic largely will depend on taking extra precautions to protect the most vulnerable — the elderly and people of color. African Americans are at much higher risk of contracting COVID-19 than the rest of the population, and they are much more likely than white people to die from the virus. That means that unless state and local governments redouble COVID-19 prevention campaigns in predominantly black counties and neighborhoods, the disease will continue to spread, straining the health care system and increasing the risk of contagion for all Americans, warned Dr. Lisa Cooper, a professor of medicine and public health at Johns Hopkins University and international expert on health disparities.

Leading Ed Partnerships Covid-19 School Resources

The Leading Ed Partnerships resources were developed, adapted, and collected to provide supports to our partner district and school leaders in applying an inquiry approach while navigating through and beyond the crisis period.  While these tools and resources were developed for the LEAD Project, they are providing them to other district and school leaders that may find them useful in their own response to this unprecedented time.

Illinois State University Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Illinois State University is complying with Gov. JB Pritzker’s extended statewide stay at home directive for COVID-19. The state directive will remain in effect through May 30. During this time, Illinois State will continue to support the alternative delivery of classes, house and feed students who cannot return to their permanent residences, and continue essential university operations.

AIR’s COVID-19 Response and Resources

AIR’s experts take an evidence-based approach to their research, evaluation, training, and technical assistance work on a daily basis. For their latest podcast series, AIR InformsAIR experts explore the different ways the coronavirus pandemic is affecting our lives and how we can address the challenges it presents.

Educator Preparation Community Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

AACTE is committed to supporting its members, professional community, and partners in responding to the global crisis caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). On this site, you’ll find information about AACTE’s response to the outbreak, as well as links to helpful tools, resources, research, and learning opportunities to assist your operations during this critical time. AACTE will work to share newly available information and invites you to contact us with your concerns, feedback, and ideas.

State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of Illinoisans is Governor Pritzker’s top priority. The administration continues to work closely with local health departments, county officials and federal partners to put systems in place to respond to COVID-19. This website will provide the latest news releases related to coronavirus, video archives of press conferences, and tips from leading experts to keep you and your family safe.

Illinois Covid-19 Response Fund

This fund will swiftly deploy additional financial resources to local community foundations and nonprofits to support residents in need of emergency food and basic supplies, interim housing and shelter, primary health care services, utility assistance, direct financial assistance for household expenses, supports for children and other vulnerable populations, and nonprofit safety and operations assistance. This fund will work in tandem with other funds set up around the State ensuring that resources go where they are needed most.