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ReOpen DC Committee | Human Services, Social Services, and Health

Community Co-Chairperson          Community Co-Chairperson
Maria Gomez                                 David Catania
 
Government Co-Chairperson
 
Legal Advisor
Dorothy Brown
 
Public Health Advisor
Dr. Preetha Iyengar
 
Associate Committee Director
Amelia Whitman
 
Committee Coordinator
Donovan Boyd
 

Committee Resource Staff
Tiffany Wilson
Thomas Yabroff

Committee Recommendations

Committee Members

  • Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi, Community Member
  • Don Blanchon, Community Member
  • Jacqueline Bowens, Community Member
  • Elaine Crider, Community Member
  • Jim D'Orta, Community Member
  • Melat Debela, Community Member
  • Linda Elam, Community Member
  • Vikisha Fripp, Community Member
  • Chris Gardiner, Community Member
  • Dr. Lynn Goldman, Community Member
  • Linda Greene, Community Member
  • Kim Horn, Community Member
  • Judith Meltzer, Community Member
  • Laura Meyers, Community Member
  • Ken Samet, Community Member
  • Tom Scully, Community Member
  • Deborah Shore, Community Member
  • Steve Strazzella, Community Member
  • Jenna Cevasco, Government Member
  • Angela Franco, Government Member
  • Cassandra Kingsberry, Government Member

Mission

More than 3,000 DC residents have been infected by COVID-19, and more than 150 have died. Eighty percent of people of who have succumb to COVID-19 are African American, and about a quarter of them are in a vulnerable population. The District heavily invests in residents, with our health and human services investments making up over $4B of our $15B annual budget. The District has also boasted one of the highest level of insured individuals in the nation, but our health outcomes do not mirror our investments.

Focus

The committee will focus on ensuring that our recovery invests in ensuring our health care delivery system is more accessible, and that vulnerable communities have access to testing, primary, special, and hospital care and the social supports (shelter, food, income replacement services) available to them. The committee will evaluate how crisis standards of care can be safely stepped down, the impact of non-COVID-19 acute procedures at area hospitals, and how to make our systems better prepared in terms of a local supply distribution systems for medical providers.

Including, but not limited to:

  • Shelter
  • Child & Family Services
  • Hospitals & Clinics
  • SNAP
  • TANF
  • Homelessness
  • Mental & Behavioral Health Services
  • Expecting Mothers
  • Medical Marijuana