I-DIEM Receives Walmart Foundation Grant to Combat COVID-19 Health Disparities

I-DIEM Receives Walmart Foundation Grant to Combat COVID-19 Health Disparities

I-DIEM Receives Walmart Foundation Grant to Combat COVID-19 Health Disparities

Funding to Help Develop COVID-19 Education and Awareness for African-American Communities

ATLANTA – September 1, 2020 – The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management was awarded a Walmart Giving Local Initiatives grant to develop a targeted outreach strategy for African-American communities which are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. 

The proposed project is a dual-purposed education and awareness campaign where the Institute will address what is currently needed for the Black community in the way of education and training. African-Americans represent 13.4% of the American population, according to the US Census Bureau, but counties with higher black populations account for more than half of all Covid-19 cases and almost 60% of deaths. 

“Currently, specific data on African-Americans and the pandemic has been limited and difficult to find, even skilled resources. Impacts of COVID-19 by race/ethnicity is often spread across multiple sources” says Chauncia Willis, I-DIEM Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. 

This project aims to address that gap in data availability by providing a status report of COVID-19 on African-American populations and a public messaging toolkit that focuses on targeted outreach to African-American populations. The Institute will lead the development of a “COVID-19 and the African-American Community” publication and public messaging toolkit. Targeted strategies for public messaging will leverage I-DIEM’s partnerships with Historically-Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), and community serving organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and HealthCare Ready. 

Since 2019, I-DIEM has strived to serve as a resource and advocated for diversity and inclusion in Emergency Management. As COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the emergency management community, response and recovery from the implications of the pandemic require equitable approaches. I-DIEM strives to prioritize underserved communities and leverage the value of women, communities of color, and underprivileged groups. 

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Virtual Convening III: The Coronavirus and Equity in Response

Virtual Convening III: The Coronavirus and Equity in Response

On Friday, March 27th, I-DIEM hosted the third Virtual Convening on the Coronavirus and Equity in Response.  During this important virtual convening, experts provided specific input related to ensuring an equitable and inclusive public health and emergency management disaster response to marginalized and front-line individuals and communities.

We appreciate our featured experts:

  • Suja S. Amir, Founding Board Member of Asian Latino Solidarity Alliance of Central Virginia
  • Karen E. Jones, Meals on Wheels Coordinator with Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread
  • Tom Love, Director of Business Development, PolicyMap
  • Facilitated by: Chauncia Willis, Co-Founder and CEO and Curtis Brown, Co-Founder and COO

 

About the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management

Our organization consults with governments, businesses and community service organizations to intentionally integrate and operationalize equity in all elements of the Emergency Management cycle. I-DIEM provides training, conducts assessments and develops equitable programs with true representation from the “whole community.” If you would like support or guidance, please contact a member of our team.

 

Virtual Convening III: The Coronavirus and Equity in Response

Virtual Convening II: The Coronavirus and Impacts to Vulnerable Groups

I-DIEM hosted the second Virtual Convening to discuss Equity and the Coronavirus on Friday, March 20th at 2:00pm-3:00pm EST. The Coronavirus pandemic highlights the need for equity in all aspects of emergency management. The conference call considered and discussed the Coronavirus pandemic and the hidden impacts on marginalized groups and communities of color. During this important virtual convening, experts provided specific input related to ensuring an equitable public health disaster response to all vulnerable groups.

Speakers:

Homeless and Unsheltered during a Pandemic. The government’s most basic advice on self-isolation cannot be applied effectively to homeless populations. Will equitable measures be crafted to benefit the “whole community,” or are some vulnerable groups considered acceptable losses?

  • Nichele J. Carver, Associate Director, Homeless and Special Needs Housing, VA Department of Housing and Community Development

Mental Health and Marginalized Groups. Managing the acute and chronic stress created by a global health pandemic is taxing on many, but especially those who are already disenfranchised and find daily survival difficult. What are the consequences of not understanding and addressing the mental health capacity of all community members during a potentially long-term public health crisis?

  • Anthony Brinkley, U.S. Airforce (ret CMSgt.), CEO of On the Brink Consulting

Women and Minority Owned Businesses. According to FEMA, 40 percent of small businesses never reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent, that do reopen, fail within a year. Women and minority-owned businesses are particularly vulnerable to the negative impacts of disaster on small businesses. What are viable solutions that will benefit these most vulnerable business groups?

  • Joel Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Spin Global
  • Keith Thompson, Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Duns & Bradstreet

 

About the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management

Our organization consults with governments, businesses and community service organizations to intentionally integrate and operationalize equity in all elements of the Emergency Management cycle. I-DIEM provides training, conducts assessments and develops equitable programs with true representation from the “whole community.” If you would like support or guidance, please contact a member of our team.

Direct Link to Recording:

Virtual Convening III: The Coronavirus and Equity in Response

Virtual Convening I: The Coronavirus and Equity in Response

On Friday, March 13th, I-DIEM hosted the first Virtual Convening on the Coronavirus and Equity in Response.  The call was intended to amplify the need for an equitable response and operational framework for not only community serving non-profits, but also for emergency management organizations who may not have considered the broader equity issues that will arise from this Coronavirus outbreak.

We appreciate our featured experts:

  • Nicolette Louissaint, Executive Director, Healthcare Ready
  • Lauren Powell, Executive Director, Time’s Up Healthcare
  • Vincent Davis, Director of Disaster Services, Feeding America
  • Marcie Roth, Executive Director and CEO, World Institute on Disability

Direct Link to Recording:

About the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management

Our organization consults with governments, businesses and community service organizations to intentionally integrate and operationalize equity in all elements of the Emergency Management cycle. I-DIEM provides training, conducts assessments and develops equitable programs with true representation from the “whole community.” If you would like support or guidance, please contact a member of our team.

I-DIEM Co-Founder & CEO, Chauncia Willis, speaks at FEMA Women’s History Event

I-DIEM Co-Founder & CEO, Chauncia Willis, speaks at FEMA Women’s History Event

March 12, 2020

On March 12, 2020, I-DIEM Co-Founder and CEO, Chauncia Willis, provided her perspective during the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Office of Equal Rights (OER), Women’s History Month Observance Event. The theme of the event was “Women in Emergency Management:  Riding the Tides of Change.”  Ms. Willis discussed the contributions and growth of women in emergency management, the opportunities and challenges they face, and their role in shaping the future of emergency management.  She was joined by the Event Organizer, Angela R. Gladwell, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Risk Management Directorate; Moderator, Mary Comans of FEMA; Panelist Jane Cage, Lead for Joplin’s Citizens Advisory Recovery Team; and Panelist Libby Turner, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer. The event was also attended by Kay Goss, I-DIEM Advisory Board Member and former FEMA Associate Director for National Preparedness from 1993-2001.