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The Work of Philanthropy in Responding to COVID-19 and Addressing InequalityA New Foundation

Educational Objective
To understand how COVID-19 is worsening existing health inequities and the steps being taken to address those issues
1 Credit CME

World history in the early 21st century will be divided into 2 distinct eras—before coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and after.1

The COVID-19 crisis is unlike anything the US and many countries have encountered. Previous crises have mostly occurred in one location or region, and others from elsewhere have been called upon to provide rescue assistance. This pandemic, however, is global, and has affected every country. This public health emergency has upended every aspect of life, and in the process, peeled back the layers of inequality and laid bare countless faulty systems that govern the world.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Darren Walker, Ford Foundation, 320 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017 (d.walker@fordfoundation.org).

Published Online: July 23, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.12904

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Mr Walker is president of the Ford Foundation. No other disclosures were reported.

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