MHAC’s COVID-19 Updates and Resources: 8/27/20

Aug 27, 2020

In addition to an evolving COVID-19 resource page, MHAC is continuing to collect and share updates on COVID-19 from state government, federal agencies like the Centers for Disease Control, and other key stakeholders.

These updates are to help and inform a wide range of individuals and partners, including communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly.

Please see the latest updates below:

  • Health Disparities Facing Older Adults of Color amid COVID-19 (NHLP/Justice in Aging)

The National Health Law Program collaborated with Justice in Aging on a blog post that discusses how older people of color face even greater burdens under COVID-19 with mounting disparities that must be identified and resolved.

The blog post is available here with an abundance of informational links and supporting data.

  • Case Study: New National Review of Public Transit COVID-19 Delivery Programs

This case study from the Shared Use Mobility Center explores some of the examples of public transit delivery programs that arose in response to COVID-19, as it highlights how they operate, who they serve, and how the differing needs of customers and geographic areas influence program design.  In addition to the delivery service overview, the researchers took a closer look at the design and operations for the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) and the rural Charlevoix County Transit (CCT) programs.

Thanks to MHAC’s partners at MassMobility for sharing this and other great resources.

  • Data from National Poll on Healthy Aging show reliance on delivery of medications, often because of insurance requirements

While deliveries of all kinds have been delayed during the months of the COVID-19 pandemic, USPS delays have been in the spotlight in recent weeks.

The timeliness of mail delivery may affect access to medication for many middle-aged and older adults, according to a new analysis of data from a national poll of people aged 50 to 80. More information and findings from the data are available here.