The COVID-19 equity leadership task force directs the work of the Health Equity Work Group (HEWG) as part of the unified command for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Given the Commonwealth's commitment to inclusive excellence, this innovative and historic equity mechanism will be institutionalized and therefore embedded in all future disaster planning events, wherein the Governor's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will partner with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and all other relevant agencies or stakeholders as part of the leadership of any future unified command structure.