This article explores the interpersonal and structural violence that may take place in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic; it explains the various social forces that drive neighborhood-level vulnerability to violence, the parallels in history with social inequality, racism, and militarism, and what can be done to address the COVID-19 pandemic and influx of violence in vulnerable communities.
Supporting Public Health and Frontline Workers
The COVID-19 pandemic has put immense pressure on frontline and public health workers, exacerbating myriad mental health concerns, including stress, depression, and burnout. As with COVID-19 itself, impacts have disproportionately affected certain populations more likely to hold frontline positions, including women, LatinX people, and people of color. These challenges, compounded with broader issues affecting the workforce, undermine the capacities of frontline and public health workers to provide essential services. Key strategies for supporting frontline and public health workers include building a culture of caring across leadership and organizations, improving employment practices and working conditions, and fostering social support among workers.