Stopping the Other Pandemic: Systemic Racism and Health
The stark racial disparities in COVID-19 mortality and prevalence rates have placed a spotlight on the long-standing connection between systemic racism and health. The country is in the midst of a racism and public health crisis reflected in disparities in access to COVID-19 testing and treatment, the ability of frontline workers to protect themselves and their families, food and housing insecurity, and many other factors. This three-part series focuses on the impact of systemic racism on the health and well-being of Black and Latino people, as well as others from a diverse range of ethnic and racial backgrounds. The goal of the series is to increase understanding of these important issues, and offer actionable solutions for positive change.
Systemic Racism & Health: Solutions, Making Change
Part 1 - August 11th
In the United States, Black Americans are dying at 2.4 times the rate of white Americans from COVID-19, while facing barriers to testing, treatment, and options for prevention and self-protection. This webinar discussed how systemic racism harms health, and how solutions-based approaches at the state and community level are making a difference.
Addressing Systemic Racism’s Impact on Latino Communities
Part 2 - September 23rd
Long-standing and ongoing social and economic inequities -- including health literacy barriers, disproportionate employment as essential workers, and limited access to employment and insurance benefits leave Latinos at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and having more severe cases of the disease. Latinos account for a disproportionate number of cases and are over 4 times as likely to be hospitalized than White Americans.
Race, COVID-19 & Treatment
Part 3 - Coming in October