A Second Safety Net
April 9, 2020
University of Michigan
As policymakers on Capitol Hill work to expand America’s safety net in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn, it’s becoming increasingly clear that it might not be enough. So where can we look for guidance on what more needs to be done? Perhaps another deadly virus, HIV, where a separate and robust safety net has been established to support those who have been diagnosed. Professor Celeste Watkins-Hayes explains what the HIV/AIDS safety net looks like, what we can learn from this previous effort to combat a deadly virus, and how the inequalities of the HIV/AIDS epidemic are playing out with coronavirus.
For more on this topic
- Check out Watkins-Hayes’ book, Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality
- Read her SSN brief, How Neighborhoods Can Help Poor Black Women Fight AIDS