ICYMI - Lori Lightfoot on Tackling the Coronavirus in Chicago and Spreading Hope with Humor


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I think seventy percent of the people who have died in your area or black whereas only twenty nine percent of the population is black. What have you been looking at? And why do you think it's important to look at look at this? Through the prism of race when we have to understand the full magnitude of the impact on this virus in our city so as we started to see these numbers we took a couple of steps number one we mandated that all providers who are doing testing provide demographic information we were seeing about a quarter of the providers telling us that they were testing telling us the test results but not including the race and ethnicity of information which we knew as a critically important. The other thing that we've done is made sure that we are reaching out to these. Communities were looking at the areas where there's a highest concentration of deaths highest concentration infections on. We formed a racial equity rapid response team right away. That is taking a model of kind of community based medicine that has been affected in a particular area of the city and then expanding that model to include a public health folks people on the ground in neighborhoods everything from the pastors. The block clubs out. We've got street intervention workers who normally are working on stopping violence. We've now enlisted them in this effort and really trying to be as hyper local as we can. We know that L. While we're a city of neighborhoods each as unique in its own ways and they have their strengths in their have their challenges. So we've been learning even more about the nuances of neighborhoods particularly when you're talking about black and Brown neighborhoods. What support they need to be able to bring people into the healthcare system educated about the virus and bringing people help as what we really been about. You've been about that in in more ways than most Nita's have because you will. You started actually driving around telling people literally telling people to get back into their houses to go back home when people weren't taking it seriously this on the ground Meryl Work and Some of the. Psa's that you started releasing some of the funniest that I didn't. I didn't think we're real until I realized they actually came from you. One of my favorites was telling all the kids who are still going out to play basketball. You're jump shot is not going to improve stay home. Why did you feel it was so important to get involved personally? And why did you use humor to try and get your message across as well? I mean humor is kind of the unifying thing right in this really dark time out. We found that and really just came up organically from other people. There's a bunch of memes that that started once I closed lakefront down on interest building. Apply on people's desire for content. You know this is a time when we would be heavily involved in sports and music and all of that has been taken from us by. I'm really trying to curb the spread of this virus. So you mean people's And using humor on. It's a great way to kind of break through the noise and reach people think it's important for the mayor not just be seen behind TV screen but to be community safely of course but to be present one of the policies you've implemented in Chicago Truly stood out for me and I. It was highlighted by an issue that I think a lot of people overlook during the time and that is people who are trapped indoors or in houses or in any type of abode with family members who may be abusive specific women. We've seen domestic abuse rates skyrockets all over the world and you. You've launched an interesting initiative you know. Lift AN UBER. Or helping in this What are you doing? And why did you feel that you had to do it in the way that you did? Well look we know that. Domestic violence is a problem in the best of times and we were concern about seeing it uptick so what we did in in combination with Uber. Lift was train the on hotline workers where people were calling because they wanna get out of a a dangerous or troubling family circumstance to give them a special code that they can use to order a lift or to Uber to take them anywhere to safety It's it's a very simple and straightforward thing. But we thought that that was really important. We didn't want the absence of a ride to be reason why. Somebody felt compelled to stay in a dangerous on domestic situation. I commend you for that. Thank you so much for joining us on the show and I genuinely hope that you get your help all of the people that you've been trying to thank you so much. I appreciate you taking the time like very much my life of the daily show with Trevor. Noah. Here's a dish. 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