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1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET | May 27, 2021

Families have experienced unique vulnerabilities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the most significant pressures on families have involved food security and education. It is estimated that more than 50 million Americans experienced food insecurity in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the U.S. economy. This is a devastating 42 percent spike from 2019. For families with school age children, the move to remote learning has caused unprecedented disruption, the impact of which is likely to result in significant long-term health effects and the widening of already existing health disparities faced by minority, low-income, and otherwise disadvantaged communities. These disparities are further exasperated by unequal access to critical broadband infrastructure, which is essential if families are to access many of the services and conditions that support health and health equity.

By attending this webinar you will:

  • Learn about recent government actions pertaining to the use of SNAP benefits to address food insecurity and recommendations for enhancing SNAP’s ability to fight food insecurity during a public health crisis.
  • Hear about specific actions that federal, state and local governments can take to devise and implement trauma-informed, equity-centered education strategies to address the increased and aggravated disparities caused by the pandemic.
  • Obtain new information and data on how the digital divide has affected households and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic; along with key legal and policy recommendations to bridge the digital divide for the long term.


  • Donna Levin, JD, National Director, Network for Public Health Law


  • Mathew Swinburne, JD, Associate Director, Network for Public Health Law−Eastern Region Office
  • Brooke N. Silverthorn, JD, Assistant Clinical Professor and Co-Director of the Health Law Partnership Legal Services Clinic, Health Law Partnership Legal Services Clinic, Georgia State University College of Law
  • Betsy Lawton, JD, Senior Staff Attorney, Network for Public Health Law−Northern Region Office

CLEs will not be offered for this webinar.