Strengthening Public Health and Ending the Pandemic

CAP works to strengthen public health systems, respond to COVID-19 in equitable and sustainable ways, and improve health care coverage, access and affordability.

A pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic is seen in California. (Getty/Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

What We're Doing

Increasing vaccination rates to end the pandemic

Vaccination is key to ending the COVID-19 pandemic and avoiding preventable illness, death, and economic loss. We promote equitable vaccine policy and leveraging governmental and employers’ power to promote vaccination and pandemic recovery.

 

Strengthening public health infrastructure

The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed inequities and existing weaknesses in the United States’ public health infrastructure. We’re focused on improving health equity by investing in public health, addressing social and economic factors that affect health, and preparing for future health threats.

 

Improving access to affordable health coverage

We’re dedicated to bolstering affordable, high-quality health coverage options. By building on the Affordable Care Act, closing the Medicaid coverage gap, and innovating progressive solutions, we envision a world in which everyone can access care.

 

Lowering health care prices and consumer costs

Health care affordability is a top consumer concern, and prices for health care and prescription drugs are inaccessibly high for many. One of our key priorities is improving America’s health by lowering costs to ensure all people can afford to manage their health.

 

By the Numbers

1.9

Life expectancy fell by 1.9 years in the pandemic—8.5 times more than peer countries.

Woolf, “Effect of the covid-19 pandemic in 2020 on life expectancy across populations” (2021).

2x

The U.S. spends 2 times more as peer countries on health, with 8% lower life expectancy.

CAP, “The Declining Health of Americans” (2021).

7,000

Closing the Medicaid coverage gap would save 7,000 lives per year.

CAP, “Closing the Medicaid Coverage Gap Would Save 7,000 Lives Each Year” (2021).

2.8x

COVID hospitalized Black and Hispanic people at a rate 2.8 times higher than white people.

CDC, “Risk for COVID-19 Infection, Hospitalization, and Death by Race/Ethnicity” (2021).

Recent Work

Latest

‘Here We Are Again’: On Gun Violence, White Nationalism, and the Scapegoating of Mental Illness Podcast
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‘Here We Are Again’: On Gun Violence, White Nationalism, and the Scapegoating of Mental Illness

In the wake of two mass shootings in a single weekend, Daniella sits down with CAP colleagues Chelsea Parsons, vice president for Gun Violence Prevention, and Rebecca Cokley, director of the Disability Justice Initiative, to try to make sense of it all.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Kyle Epstein, Chris Ford, 2 More Chelsea Parsons, Rebecca Cokley

Darrick Hamilton: The Blueprint for a Better Society Podcast
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Darrick Hamilton: The Blueprint for a Better Society

This week, Daniella and Ed speak with Darrick Hamilton, executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, to discuss the U.S. economy, inequality, and reparations.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Kyle Epstein, 1 More Chris Ford

Sandy Still Speaks: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland Podcast
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Sandy Still Speaks: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

This week, Daniella moderates a panel with Cannon Lambert, the Bland family attorney, and David Heilbroner, co-director of the documentary, “Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland,” during a live screening of the film at the Center for American Progress.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Rachel Rosen, 1 More Kyle Epstein

Finding The Courage To Lead Podcast
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Finding The Courage To Lead

At CAP's 2018 Ideas Conference, Michele and Igor speak with Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood. Then, CAP Senior Fellow Jocelyn Frye discusses women's rights with Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama.

Sally Tucker, Rachel Rosen, Michele L. Jawando, 2 More Igor Volsky, Jocelyn Frye

Love, Loss, and the Fight for Acceptance Podcast
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Love, Loss, and the Fight for Acceptance

Igor chats with Sarah McBride, an author and transgender activist, about her experiences as a transgender woman, her relationship with her late husband, and the harmful policies of the Trump administration.

Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, Rachel Rosen

Why Harvey Weinstein and Powerful Men Sexually Abuse Podcast
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Why Harvey Weinstein and Powerful Men Sexually Abuse

This week, Michele and Igor chat with two guests about the social psychology and systemic structures that have allowed men in positions of power to commit sexual abuse.

Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 1 More Rachel Rosen

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