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. 

About Philanthropy at Walmart

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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.

I-DIEM provides Public Comment on FEMA’s Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101

I-DIEM provides Public Comment on FEMA’s Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101

I-DIEM provides Public Comment on FEMA’s Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101

January 14, 2020

The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) appreciates the opportunity to provide Public Comment on revisions and updates to the Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operation Plans (CPG 101).

Read CPG 101 Comments by clicking here

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BAF PARTNERS WITH I-DIEM

BAF PARTNERS WITH I-DIEM

BAF PARTNERS WITH I-DIEM

January 10, 2020

It’s official! The BAF Flagship at UD has completed its partnership agreement with the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management. I-DIEM has a similar mission to the BAF Flagship in that it advocates for greater inclusion of women and people of color in emergency management. CEO and Co-Founder Chauncia Willis also serves as a member of the Flagship Advisory Board and mentor to BAF Fellow Antoine Richards.

https://www.baf.udel.edu/news/Pages/BAF-Partners-with-I-DIEM.aspx

 

I-DIEM provides Public Comment on FEMA’s Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101

I-DIEM provides Recommendations to the FEMA National Advisory Council, Equity Subcommittee

I-DIEM provides Recommendations to the FEMA National Advisory Council, Equity Subcommittee

January 7, 2020

I-DIEM was pleased to discuss the challenges of marginalization and inequity in emergency management and provide recommendations for any necessary changes to FEMA policies, programs, or statutory authorities that address the challenges. As was discussed during the session, the challenges of marginalization and inequity in emergency management are significant, widespread and complex.

The National Advisory Council (NAC) advises the Administrator on all aspects of emergency management, including preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other manmade disasters. Legislation required that FEMA establish the NAC to ensure input from and coordination with state, local, tribal and territorial governments, nonprofit, and private-sector emergency management communities on the development and revision of plans and strategies; the administration of and assessment of FEMA’s grant programs; and the development and evaluation of risk assessment methodologies.

I-DIEM attends the 11th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management

I-DIEM attends the 11th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management

December 4-6, 2019

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) was delighted to attend the 11th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management in Sint Maarten.  I-DIEM is committed to supporting communities of color and building resilience in vulnerable areas, worldwide.

Thank you to the I-DIEM Director of Special Initiatives, Oliver Greene, for representing I-DIEM in St. Maarten.  “It was very beneficial and eye opening.  The conference demonstrated how I-DIEM can serve as a strategic partner to the 18 Caribbean member governments in their efforts to build resilience,” said Oliver Greene.