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COVID-19 heroes and leaders: Stories told through our podcast

Several federal employees who led our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic were featured on two recent episodes of the Partnership’s new podcast, “Profiles in Public Service.” Learn about two doctors at the National Institutes of Health who improved participation in COVID-19 treatment and vaccine testing in underserved communities and a State Department employee who repatriated Americans stranded abroad when the pandemic hit.

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Diversity in federal leadership matters: Perspectives from a public servant

Robert Tse, senior policy advisor at the Agriculture Department’s Rural Utility Service, spoke with us about how diverse leadership can help government build a more inclusive workforce and offer more equitable services. He shared how his own racial and ethnic identity impacts his work and how we can leverage the diversity of the federal workforce to make services more accessible.

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How can Congress help prevent future pandemics?

As the U.S continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, legislators have introduced bills that would establish a bipartisan commission to investigate the pandemic and the national response. Should a commission be established, it must acknowledge how federal management issues affected the nation’s response.

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How a lack of data led to vaccine inequity

During the past year, failures in the public health data infrastructure prevented state and local authorities from getting accurate information about COVID-19 prevalence and spread, leaving them unable to recommend equitable interventions. State and federal governments must work together and share data that would enable officials to track disease spread, vaccination rates and other health information in different communities to provide more equitable interventions.

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