Filling the Gaps

By Alexi Chacon, The Philadelphia Inquirer | June 1, 2022

Former Stoneleigh Fellow Nan Feyler spoke to The Philadelphia Inquirer about the lessons legislators can learn for COVID from community leaders who have worked on HIV/AIDS.

In the early days of AIDS, activists and community members in Philadelphia helped achieve a revolution. Frustrated with the slow pace of help, they banded together and transformed many aspects of our society — from medical research to drug approvals and social welfare.

So much of what they accomplished holds relevance for us today, as Philadelphia recovers from another devastating virus: COVID-19. As legislators continue to grapple with the pandemic’s effects, they have a lot to learn from what happened in the early days of AIDS.

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