Beyond Defunding the Police: Reimagining Safety for Communities of Color in the Time of COVID

Thursday, June 25, 2020 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm EDT
Webinar - Register by 6/24
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COVID-19 is the greatest public health crisis since the 1918 Influenza pandemic, resulting in national stay at-home orders and mass closures meant to prevent the virus’s spread. However, incarcerated people are unable to follow social distancing rules, have no access to protective gear, and often do not receive adequate medical care.

Justice-involved populations contain thousands of people who may be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 due to untreated underlying medical conditions and lack of adequate healthcare. Further, people of color are over-represented in prison populations due to years of aggressive policing, the school to prison pipeline, lack of community support, and harsher sentencing policies. When this lifts, what can be done by and through community engagement to heal the trauma that leads to re-offense, interrupt violence in communities, and stem incarceration? How can we create strong linkages between at-risk individuals and health access and provide pathways to pro-social connections so that we don’t face another crisis like this in our justice system?
The current health crisis has not only exposed the cracks in our health system but upends the notion of single issue grantmaking. Join us for this timely and important conversation examining the devastating consequences of this pandemic due to systemic racism and decades of mass incarceration, and the community-led solutions we can apply in our neighborhoods to prevent it from happening again in the future. 


  • The intersection between public health, public safety and racial equity
  • How to center equity in decision and grantmaking processes
  • How to apply a broader definition of public health
  • Community-led prevention measures 


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All interested funders


Registration is required by June 24th. Registrants will receive the webinar link a day prior to the program. 

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. (no fee)

Non-Member Funders: Please email ($150 fee)

Please note: To ensure fairness among our members, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization for select professional development programs.

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