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COVID-19 and the Experiences of Populations at Greater Risk

Description and Top-Line Summary Data — Wave 4, Fall 2021

Published Dec 9, 2021

by Katherine Grace Carman, Anita Chandra, Delia Bugliari, Christopher Nelson, Carolyn Miller

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As a continuation of RAND Corporation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation efforts to capture how people in the United States think about, value, and prioritize issues of health, well-being, and health equity, a longitudinal survey was deployed to aid in understanding how health views and values have been affected by the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this report, the authors summarize descriptive findings from the last of four waves of the COVID-19 and the Experiences of Populations at Greater Risk Survey, with particular focus on populations deemed at risk or underserved, including people of color and those from low- to moderate-income backgrounds.

The questions in this COVID-19 survey focused specifically on experiences related to the pandemic (e.g., financial, physical, emotional), how respondents viewed the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic, whether and how respondents' views and priorities regarding health actions and investments are changing (including the role of government and the private sector), and how general values about such issues as freedom and racism may be related to pandemic views and response expectations. In this wave, we included questions about vaccine uptake and U.S. interest in sharing vaccines globally.

The authors summarize detailed top-line results for each of the questions included in the survey and sociodemographic characteristics of the sample.

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This research was sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and conducted by the Community Health and Environmental Policy Program within RAND Social and Economic Well-Being.

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