Speaker Series #08 – Equitable Response and Resilience in Recovery

Aug 2020

About the Session

The Speakers


Cities on the Frontline #08 – April 30, 2020

As Covid-19 hits vulnerable populations harder, it is crucial to ensure an equitable response to vulnerable populations and to have resilience in the recovery strategy. In this session, we learn about equity challenges in Louisville and Kentucky, compassion in governing and embedding resilience in the response and recovery, such as from one of Louisville’s initiatives like “Lift up Lou”.

Applied Resilience or what I learned from being a CRO

Eric Friedlander, Acting Secretary Cabinet for Health and Family Services Frankfort, Kentucky

Eric’s previous role as Louisville’s CRO highlighted the need to include making data driven decisions, trying to change people’s mindset, doing and thinking about things in a new way, and working with people in a supportive and challenging way to get them to move. The experience as CRO has helped him in his current responsibilities and its challenges. In addressing Covid-19, he highlighted the work on the Trauma-Informed Care, coordination of multiple departments in state response, impact on vulnerable populations, and the need to focus on equitable response.

Lift up Lou

Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville, Kentucky

Mayor Greg Fischer is invoking compassion and resilience to ensure that the City of Louisville’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic creates a city that is equitable and stronger than ever. “Build Back Better, Together” is Louisville’s effort to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and build the future that residents want and deserve. In response to COVID-19, Louisville has created community response fund, made efforts to close the digital equity divide, and launched the ‘Life Up Lou’ program to keep the city’ morale high.

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