The COVID-19 Pandemic Project
Addressing the challenges of COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has cost more than 4 million lives globally, left millions of people with chronic disability (ie, long COVID), and has devastated individuals, communities and societies, and exposed the many symptoms of the body politic.
As early as January 2021, there have been 82,579,768 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 1,818,849 deaths, reported to WHO. Of those more than 19,578,217 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 339,550 deaths, occurred in the United States. In addition, US 35,000,000 people lost their employment, many businesses shut down and will likely fail, and the overall economy has seen the largest contraction in years, and as a result of government efforts to address this situation, trillions of dollars have been added to our already unprecedented federal debt. Fear and social distancing have created hardships and economic realities that are threatening our financial system. Americans throughout the 50 states have been subjected to public health directives to stay at home, social distance, and wear masks to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus which is the cause of the COVID-19 disease. Political polarization associated with efforts to mitigate the pandemic have reached unprecedented levels.
GET INVOLVED WITH THE COVID 19 PROJECT
Citizens and civil society organizations interested in supporting and joining the COVID 19 Project are welcome.
Join us for our events on July 1st at the occasion of the beginning of the Citizen Commission
The COVID-19 Pandemic Project is an ambitious undertaking motivated by the belief that citizens engaged with various levels of government (Federal, State, local), the medical system, the educational system, law enforcement, as well as private industry, academic institutions, and social agencies, supported by meaningful information and tools, can have a great impact on difficult, complex challenges facing our nation. The COVID 19 Project tests the hypotheses that citizens, provided with information and tools can be trusted to address the complex problems in their community and nationally. In particular, we explore and address the COVID-19 Pandemic Ecosystem in the United States and globally to provide a citizen-centric, bio-psycho-social-spiritual-political treatment plan for the related challenges the COVID-19 Pandemic.
More specifically, the COVID-19 Pandemic Project is an experiment that engages with fellow citizens and relevant stakeholders to achieve the following.
By July 2022 every individual who experiences symptoms of COVID-19 infection has access to and is able to receive evidence-based, best practice informed treatment that improves their well-being in outcomes that matter for them.
By August 2022 there are no reported deaths of COVID-19 infection reported in the US.
By March 2022, public health-driven considerations are driving the response to the COVID-19 Pandemic-related then political consideration.
By July 2022 a treatment, as well as prevention for the virus (Vaccines), is available to all individuals who have access to affordable, evidence-based treatment.
The psychological, economic, social, political challenges associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic are recognized and their impact is addressed on all levels of culture, institutions, government.
There are many reasons for focusing on the COVID-19 Pandemic to test our belief about the potential of citizen participation to address major social challenges, here are a few,
The COVID-19 Pandemic is estimated to contribute to an increasing number of citizens getting infected with a deadly virus.
Nearly all Americans are impacted by policies and practices associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic and related issues.
The COVID-19 Pandemic is the focus of global, federal, state, and local efforts to target various aspects of this multifactorial problem expanding billions of taxpayers' dollars.
The COVID-19 Pandemic involves a complex ecosystem of stakeholders, laws, relationships, and activities that must be understood and targeted with appropriate interventions and strategies.
There are emerging medical, social, public policy best practice approaches to the various challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prevention of The COVID-19 infection and containing the pandemic involves greater social (and spiritual) challenges confronting our nation and the world.
To frame the COVID-19 Pandemic challenges in a manner that promotes collaboration among varying interest groups and provides and monitors agreed-upon measurable outcomes
To provide actionable information and citizen engagement tools to target the complexity of The COVID-19 Pandemic.
To provide information and tools to assure appropriate medical management of the COVID-19 Pandemic in patients who require it, and everyone who is exposed to the consequences.
To provide resources and assure access to individuals who require treatment for the COVID-19 Pandemic.
To identify the local, state and national ecosystem associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic and provide tools for increased transparency and accountability
To enhance the citizen-government interaction and collaboration.
In order to achieve our vision, the COVID-19 Pandemic Project incorporates a number of elements that address the complexity of the challenge of the multiple aspects of the COVID 19 pandemic and the response to it. We use behavioral economic principles, digital technology, political insights, crowdsourcing, and principles of solution journalism in our effort. Our multiphase plan includes meaningful information and tools for crowdsourcing citizen participation in the policy discussion, implementation, and accountability of stakeholders.
The COVID 19 Project is a framework for a citizen-oriented approach to the challenges facing us in the body politic of the United States. Using the Medical Case Presentation as an organizing structure. The COVID 19 Pandemic Project offers a dynamic, interactive, collaborative process that engages our fellow citizens to address the challenges confronting us as individuals, members of our community, and citizens of the nation. It provides a vehicle for citizens to collaborate, identify, analyze, develop, implement, and monitor a solution-based “treatment plan” for medical problems.
A citizen commission to explore the COVID-19 pandemic and the response of the various global, national, state, local, non-governmental, and private sector stakeholders. Particular attention is focused on understanding and preparing for the likely impact of the pandemic on individuals, communities, nations, and globally. The citizen’s commission utilizes the framework of the morbidity and mortality (M & M) conference used in the medical setting, to provide an objective, nonpartisan opportunity to examine and improve complex challenges.
We provide an easy-to-use platform that can be used by local entities to assist in their efforts to provide solutions to the COVID 19 problems. The platform includes best practice information, process, and related resources to provide services and links to providers at the local level. The COVID 19 Pandemic Project websites are focused on cities, neighborhoods, counties, and other local entities. Entities interested in "duplicating" and customizing the websites for their local environment can contact Citizens4health.
Developing and updating the evidence-based inventory of clinical, social, legal, and public policy materials and processes related to our vision.
Providing individual-facing tools for personal engagement for individuals suffering from COVID 19 related challenges. Social and political-based information and tools to engage with stakeholders locally and nationally.
Ongoing collection and analysis of population and individual data associated with The COVID 19 Pandemic. The data will feature the COVID 19 Pandemic Project progress notes and the occasional clinical case conference focusing on individual situations.
The COVID-19 Pandemic Project Web site is the central public-facing aspect of the Project. The website is divided into sections that coincide with the overall mission of the project and include the following:
Our team includes individuals and organizations from the many areas that impact the opiate epidemic. We look forward to expanding our team and are interested in citizens motivated by our vision to join our efforts.
Our advisors will include individuals, groups, and organizations from academia, government, social, media, private sector, and others. A list of individuals and of groups available shortly.
Citzens4Health is a small group of citizens intent on re-framing the public debate about the challenges facing our nation. At present we are a self-funded " labor of love". (The eventual organizational form will be defined by future needs and resources as well as legal obligations.) We have created a number of initiatives that invite citizens to imagine and engage in a process that brings about meaningful change in areas that matter to Americans. Citizenism: United States 4.0, is a multiyear initiative to focus on exploring the citizen in the political ecosystem. Our initial effort is to develop The Citizen’s Toolbox for the 21st Century and to test it by addressing the opioid abuse and related overdose challenges.