Cities are the engines of innovation, and we believe urban leaders, working alongside their communities, can help build a better post-pandemic future—one where access to health care and a healthy environment is not dependent on how much money you have, where you live or the color of your skin.
At our recent VitalTalks event, Cities Hold the Key; Prioritizing Equity in the COVID-19 Recovery, Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago and Intendant Carolina Cosse of Montevideo, both leaders of cities that are part of the Partnership for Healthy Cities, shared lessons from the response, including mobilizing the most ambitious vaccine rollout in history. Mayor Lightfoot and Intendant Cosse also and discussed the need to develop public health solutions that are grounded in prevention, collaboration, communication and equity.
What COVID-19 has made starkly clear is that if one person is vulnerable, we are all vulnerable. We must seize this opportunity—this moment when there is the public attention and the political will needed to strengthen health systems around the world, to protect us from the next epidemic and from the preventable and treatable conditions that have been with us for a long time, such as tuberculosis, diabetes, drug overdose and heart diseases.
Guided by science and a commitment to fairness, we can follow the example of those cities that showed clear-eyed, courageous leadership during this pandemic. At Vital Strategies, we envision a world where everyone, everywhere is protected by a strong public health system.
—José Luis Castro, President and CEO Vital Strategies
What to Watch
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