Melissa Jones is the Executive Director of the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiatives, a coalition of the region's public health departments. The coalition has been meeting regularly to discuss best practices for policy decisions around COVID19. One of which is whether or not counties should keep their parks open for residents to access during the shelter in place order.
The coalition ultimately issued policy recommendations to keep parks open in order to ensure that people have access to the mental and physical health benefits of being outdoors. In this interview, Jones talks about the factors that were considered in making this policy recommendation, why some counties are still shutting down parks, and why an organization focused on health inequities is even thinking about the question of going outdoors.
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