The COVID-19 public health emergency is affecting every part of our communities’ health, including the workforce. Last week, more than 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment support—the highest level of new claims in history after seasonal adjustments. Health care systems are fighting to protect the physical and mental health of their team members while meeting the ever-increasing staffing need for clinical workers. Federal, state and local governments—as well as community supporters—are working alongside employers to meet workers’ needs during a turbulent time.

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