In a crisis, the story we tell has enormous power. We are incredibly proud of the work that you have been doing to ensure those who are most impacted by this crisis are part of the story we tell about COVID-19. You’ve written about how we skewed our understanding of other public health crises by leaving out women. How language becomes a barrier to health when White House/CDC guidelines are only in English. Why you can’t shelter at home if you’re homeless. When social distancing becomes social isolation for the elderly. What to tell your children. The risks being taken by those of you who are doctors and nurses on the front lines. Whose lives are worth saving.
The story we tell becomes the world we live in. We say this all the time at The OpEd Project. This is a crisis moment at the intersection of health and representation and community and belonging. As in any crisis, there is the danger of an incomplete story, one that leaves out the people who are most impacted (or worse: blames them).
Please visit our website where I’ve shared some resources with you to help ensure we are all part of the story, the solution, and the future. We know that tools and support, and also community and inspiration, are critical right now. You can also find quick links below.
We can't predict the future but we know this much: If we are not in the story, then we will not be in the solution - and that is no solution at all.
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Katie Orenstein, CEO
COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR THOUGHT LEADERS