Power & Pandemic: A Conversation on Health Equity and Utility Shutoffs in the Age of COVID-19
June 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am| Free
The Utility Reform Network (TURN) and the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) invite you to join us for a statewide virtual conversation on Tuesday, June 2nd to examine power shutoffs in the era of COVID-19.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
- Dr. Muntu Davis, Public Health Officer, Los Angeles County
- Dr. Karen Relucio, Public Health Officer, Napa County
- Marybel Batjer, President, California Public Utilities Commission
- Mark Toney, PhD, Executive Director, TURN
Together, we will:
- Examine new approaches under consideration for addressing power shutoffs this wildfire season.
- Explore the roles health professionals can play in fostering healthy, equitable outcomes.
- Identify essential questions, needs, and strategies to prepare for co-occurring public health crises.
Last year, large-scale power shutoffs during wildfire season left over two million Californians without electricity. Utility companies have announced that similar shutoffs will likely continue for at least the next decade. Power shutoffs can have significant impacts on our health, with unequal effects depending on race, income, language, immigration status, medical condition, and other factors. The COVID-19 pandemic brings new health equity concerns, including increased health vulnerabilities, strained health care systems, and emergency protocols that must be updated to support physical distancing.
We encourage participants to bring their best ideas to share as we prepare for the challenging times ahead.
TURN’s Power at Home Campaign is generously funded by The California Endowment, Dignity Health, The San Francisco Foundation, Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation, and the Y&H Soda Foundation.
BARHII’s Climate Change & Health efforts are generously supported by Blue Shield of California Foundation, The California Endowment, and The Kresge Foundation.