In April 2020, the City launched the Taskforce on Racial Inclusion & Equity (TRIE) in response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. The Taskforce brings together City Agency leaders, primarily of color, who work in interdisciplinary teams to monitor the COVID-19 response in affected neighborhoods and identify key disparities through analysis and dialogue with affected communities. An Executive Director leads the Taskforce. It is co-chaired by the First Lady of New York City, the Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, and the Deputy Mayor for Health & Human Services.
While the disparate, intractable impacts of COVID-19 have been felt all across New York City, some neighborhoods have been particularly hard-hit. The Taskforce initially established 27 priority neighborhoods based on COVID cases and deaths and other health and socioeconomic indicators to address this. In January 2021, the Taskforce expanded to 33 neighborhoods, including all neighborhoods within the top 20% of those with equity burdens citywide. Based on DOHMH analysis, the following factors we considered when selecting neighborhoods: health status, living conditions, social inequities, occupation, and COVID-19 Wave 1 impact.