Billions in federal COVID-19 relief and recovery funds—including the American Rescue Plan Act, CARES Act, and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021—including the fiscal year 2021 budget—present unprecedented opportunities for cities, counties, and states. This is a historic fiscal investment in public health poised to redress gaps and inequities highlighted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. There is great need to help states, local communities, and fiscal intermediaries prepare to leverage this influx of funds, in order to sustainably capitalize on this opportunity to address upstream drivers of inequities and make meaningful progress toward improving population health.
Researchers from the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC), Georgia State University, and George Washington University will analyze the flow of funding and best practices for coordinated strategy approaches. Then, GHPC will prototype tools for master planning and partner with states, local collaboratives, government agencies, and fiscal intermediaries to provide tailored content, thought partnership, and policy guidance to maximize impact, plan for long-term sustainability, and build equitable, resilient communities.