Online CE Class Registration

Healing the Social and Economic Impacts of COVID-19

COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives. Beyond the dangers of the virus itself, our health and well-being are threatened by the social, political, and economic consequences of the pandemic. This five-part course will examine how preexisting inequities have magnified the effects of COVID-19, how the crisis is impacting the social and structural determinants of patient health, and what this means for nurses’ advocacy at the bedside and in their communities.

The course will consist of five classes that can be taken individually or as a series. Classes will cover various topics related to the coronavirus crisis, including:

  1. Racial Health Disparities and COVID-19
  2. COVID-19 and the Future of Our Health Care System
  3. Essential Work, Gender Health Equity, and COVID-19
  4. COVID-19 and the Economy
  5. COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis


Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the preexisting social and economic conditions that have exacerbated the effects of the pandemic.
  • Assess the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on communities of color and articulate how nurses, patients, and their communities can work together to undo structural violence and racism, and to advance social justice and sustainable public health.
  • Describe how our profit-driven health care system left us vulnerable to the pandemic, how countries with more universal health care systems were able to respond more effectively, and how we systemic reform will make us better prepared for future public health emergencies.
  • Assess the gendered impacts of COVID-19, discuss how the pandemic has highlighted the importance of essential work, and explain how we can advance gender health equity in our responses to the crisis.
  • Analyze the health impacts of the economic crisis and identify steps we can take to meet workers’ immediate needs, facilitate economic recovery, and prevent future crises.
  • Recognize the connections between the public health crises posed by the pandemic and the climate crisis and offer strategies for addressing both the acute effects of these crises and their underlying causes.


  • Isaac Ontiveros - Racial Health Disparities and COVID-19
  • Omid Mohamadi - COVID-19 and the Future of Our Health Care System
  • Heidi Hoechst - Essential Work, Gender Health Equity, and COVID-19
  • Chris Nielsen - COVID-19 and the Economy
  • Kel Montalvo-Quinones - COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis

Course Details

This online course will consist of five 2-hour classes via Zoom for 2 hours of continuing education credits each. You can register for all five classes, a few, or just one, depending on your needs and interests. Classes may be taken in any order. You will receive a certificate for 2 CE credits upon completion of each class, but please note that you cannot receive credit for repeating a class on the same topic.

After registering at the link below, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom class via email. It is important that you respond to the invitation and register for the Zoom class before the day of the class. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie Gonzalez at

See schedule below

During the COVID-19 pandemic all CE course are being offered free of charge to all Registered Nurses. Participants will be notified by U.S. mail and by email if a course is cancelled.

FOR DIRECT-CARE AND STAFF RNs – Provided by California Nurses Association. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP754 for 2 CEH.