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The guidance focuses on compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued guidance aimed at ensuring that recipients of federal financial assistance comply with federal civil rights laws during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
According to a news release, recipients of federal financial assistance for HHS-funded COVID-19 programs must comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin. The guidance is focused on compliance with this law.
The guidance instructs the recipients to:
"Minorities have long experienced disparities related to the medical and social determinants of health – all of the things that contribute to your health and wellbeing. The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified those disparities, but it has also given us the opportunity to acknowledge their existence and impact, and deepen our resolve to address them,"Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, Surgeon General, MD, MPH, says in the release. "This timely guidance reinforces that goal and I look forward to working across HHS and with our states and communities to ensure it is implemented."