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Policy Brief

Health Have, Health Have Nots in a Time of COVID-19

Sandro Galea

C.P.R. Policy Brief No. 56

October 2020


In this brief, the author's goal is to talk about something which has animated a lot of his thinking and writing in the past decade. It is how our health is fundamentally socially patterned and reflects the world around us. This has been true for decades in this country, and one could also argue, globally, however this brief will focus on this topic at the national level. As you will see, the author will talk mostly of health haves and health have nots in general, but as we progress, show how COVID-19 has made this evermore apparent.

Sponsored by the The Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture series, which is jointly sponsored by Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Central New York Community Foundation, Inc., and is administered by the Center for Policy Research and The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion.

The Center for Policy Research Policy Brief series is a collection of essays on current public policy issues in aging; urban and regional studies; education finance and accountability; public finance; social welfare, poverty, and income security; and related research done by or on behalf of the Center for Policy Research at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

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