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Black and Hispanic/Latino Workers Hit Disproportionately by the COVID-19 Shutdown of the Economy

Black and Hispanic/Latino Workers Hit Disproportionately by the COVID-19 Shutdown of the Economy

Labor Day has come and gone, an occasion marked by some of us by enjoying a day off work, while for many others (mostly the same “essential workers” who have continued to step up during the entire “Pandemic Pause”), it was another day of work facing increased risk of infection, often at wages inadequate to…

Community Resilience in the Pioneer Valley

Community Resilience in the Pioneer Valley

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released a new set of community resilience indicators, which measure “the capacity of individuals and households to absorb, endure, and recover from the health, social, and economic impacts of a disaster such as a hurricane or pandemic.” Just as COVID-19 has hit some of our communities harder than others, the…

Paycheck-Protection-Program

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Lifeline in the Pioneer Valley

With the economy heading for a cliff the second week of March, none of us knew what to expect. At least initially concerns over the health impacts of COVID-19 took center-stage, as Massachusetts employers responded to this unprecedented shock to our economy. Policy makers quickly recognized that public health considerations needed to take precedent—at least…