A New Deal During COVID-19: A Million-Person Health Corps?


Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


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The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a large toll on public health and the economy. Several leading thinkers have proposed a massive public jobs program, reminiscent of the New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration, that would hire hundreds of thousands who need employment to both fight COVID-19 and enhance health care in the United States.

Alan Khazei, founder of City Year, Be the Change, and current candidate for Congress, co-authored a proposal for an enormous “Emergency Service to Nation Jobs” effort that would engage hundreds of thousands of young people in the effort to contain COVID-19. Gregg Gonsalves and Amy Kapczynski of Yale University have proposed an even larger Community Health Corps that would “put millions of Americans to work caring for one another,” reduce our record levels of unemployment, and build social solidarity on a foundation of health. Join Alan, Amy, and Gregg for this conversation about why they think we need a million-person health corps.

Participants include:

  • Gregg Gonsalves, Yale School of Public Health
  • Amy Kapczynski, Yale Law School
  • Alan Khazei, Be the Change
  • Archon Fung (Moderator), Harvard Kennedy School

This event is part of the Democracy and Justice During Pandemic virtual series.

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