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Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: The Role of Health Philanthropy

Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for the fifth installment in Urban’s conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, Faith Mitchell, Institute fellow at the Urban Institute, and Julie Morita, executive vice president at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will join Wartell to discuss how health philanthropy can help communities recover from the pandemic.

Health philanthropy has been playing a critical role in responding to the pandemic and is poised to boost recovery efforts as countries and communities start looking forward. Join Mitchell, Morita, and Wartell for a conversation about what health philanthropy is doing right now to respond to the crisis, principles for helping communities effectively recover from the crisis, and what it means to promote equitable recovery.

Urban is bringing evidence-based insights to this crisis, focusing on solutions that advance equity and upward mobility. Each week, Urban experts will speak with changemakers from the government, philanthropic, and private sectors about the knowledge they need to help us respond to the crisis, recover, and become more resilient.


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The Evidence to Action conversation series elevates the voices of leaders and changemakers responding to, recovering from, and building resilience during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The Urban Institute was built for this moment. We answer tough questions with unbiased, rigorous research and evidence-based solutions. For 50 years, we have studied what it takes to strengthen social safety net programs, dismantle structural racism, protect workers and families, and build community resilience. Using advanced analytics, data science, technology, and decades of expertise, we equip changemakers with the facts and insights they need to accelerate solutions.


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Date & Time Friday, May 15, 2020

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