Increasing Economic Support for Low-Income Californian Families during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

December 17, 2020

The California Initiative for Health Equity & Action, with co-sponsorship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policies for Action Research Hub at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and the University of California, Berkeley, the office of Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, and the Blue Shield of California Foundation, hosted a web-based evidence briefing on Thursday, December 10th from 12-1pm PT focused on economic support for low-income Californian families during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Panelists presented and discussed policies and analyses focused on the Earned Income Tax Credit, paid family leave, and the gig economy. Addressing socioeconomic factors holds potential for improving population health and reducing racial and ethnic disparities in the state.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need for strengthening economic support for working Californians. Accordingly, Cal-IHEA has assembled a team of experts to provide data and analyses to inform key policies that can move the needle and potentially improve economic opportunity and health for low-income workers and families.
Watch the recording here.