#FirstRespondersFirst: The Path Forward

Featured image, First Responders First logo, The Path Forward, Wednesday July 29th, 1 to 2 pm eastern time

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
1:00–2:00 pm ET

Presented jointly by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Thrive Global, and the CAA Foundation
Hosted by The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Four months ago, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Thrive Global, and the CAA Foundation launched #FirstRespondersFirst with a simple mission: get help to those who need it most. Since then, the organization has raised nearly $8 million to provide PPE, food, housing, child care, and mental health services to the frontline health workers–social workers, home health aides, nurses, physicians, and more–who continue to risk their lives every day in the fight against this enduring pandemic.

But Covid-19 cases continue to surge in many parts of the US. Unemployment filings are still rising. The pandemic’s profound mental health effects are just starting to reveal themselves. And after the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, our country is now reckoning with the systemic racism that permeates our infrastructures and has manifested itself in the disproportionate COVID-19 impacts on racial and ethnic minority groups. If the last few months have taught us anything, it’s that we cannot take our foot off the gas.

We invite you to watch a panel discussion on July 29 to take stock of what #FirstRespondersFirst has accomplished and where we need to go next. We are committed to making #FirstRespondersFirst an enduring effort so as to elevate and improve the long-term physical and mental health of our frontline workers, particularly the most vulnerable and underserved.


Michelle A. Williams, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School

Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO of Thrive Global

Deborah Marcus, CAA Foundation

Ann Lee, CEO and Co-Founder of CORE, Community Organized Relief Effort; #FirstRespondersFirst Leadership Council Member

Shekhar Saxena, Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Former Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization

Jeffrey Sanchez, Former Massachusetts State Representative and Lecturer at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Carmelo Anthony, NBA All-Star, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist; First Responders First Leadership Council Member


Abby Phillip, Political Correspondent, CNN