Environmental Health: Air Pollution, COVID-19 & Health Disparities
Clear skies over many of the world’s largest cities became a visible mark of the COVID-19 pandemic as stay at home orders initially went into place, an indicator of the high levels of pollution in our air. Research shows our polluted environment is a major driver of health disparities and disproportionately high mortality rates from COVID19 in communities of color. Systemic racism in policies that shape the built environments in many Black, Latino, Native American, and other communities, is at the root of the problem. Globally, outdoor air pollution kills nearly 4.2 million people each year. This webinar explored how the environmental justice movement can address these issues and offer solutions to improve health outcomes.
- What contributes to air pollution and how environmental injustice has been highlighted during COVID-19
- How neighborhoods experiencing environmental injustice face poorer air quality and extreme heat while also bearing the brunt of this pandemic
- What one health plan foundation is doing to improve air quality and combat asthma in the communities they serve