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.


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.

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