Inoculating Cities: Volume 2: Case Studies of the Urban Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The city of New Orleans has a unique geography and centuries of history guiding its modern disaster response. Building on experiences in responding to infectious outbreaks accrued over nearly 200 years, as well as more recent, battle-tested relationships with federal, state, and private partners during previous crises, New Orleans was able to not only respond but also quickly adapt to the enormous and rapidly evolving needs that characterized the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. Using collaboration and intimate knowledge of local contexts to guide efforts, New Orleans officials were able to direct resources to better promote an equitable response and meet the needs of some of the city’s most vulnerable residents who otherwise may have been overlooked and systemically disenfranchised by the outbreak due to historical legacies.

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Chapter 9 - Prioritizing local context and expertise in a global pandemic: the New Orleans response to COVID-19


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