Prioritizing pandemic recovery and readiness will help support and promote long-term resilience

CPR3 defines pandemic recovery and readiness as follows:

  • Recovery | As a public health crisis, COVID-19 has had severe direct and indirect effects on health, in addition to vast social and economic consequences. Understanding the far-reaching impacts of the pandemic is the first step in equitable recovery – the ability for all individuals and communities to experience renewed and/or improved physical, mental, economic, educational, and social well-being in a post-COVID-19 society.  
  • Readiness | By building on lessons learned over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, California can strengthen its collective readiness to respond to future surges, new variants, and emerging viruses with more resilience. This collective readiness includes not only strengthening mechanisms for surveillance and the ability to manage direct health impacts of an unfolding public health emergency in real-time, but also swift implementation of measures to mitigate potential health, economic, and societal impacts. 

Our guiding principles of equity, public health-community-academic collaboration, and transdisciplinary innovation are foundational to any kind of public health research, even in non-pandemic settings. CPR3 is founded on the acknowledgement that in order to achieve equity and the greatest level of health and wellbeing for all Californians, we must intentionally learn from the past in order to ensure a more resilient future.

As we look to the future, the infrastructure created through CPR3 will be essential to pandemic and non-pandemic research, policymaking, community involvement, and collaboration.