How a new way of parsing COVID-19 data began to show the breadth of health gaps between Blacks and whites

Getting the real answers on health gaps requires a deep dive into the demographics.

David R. Buys, State Health Specialist and Associate Professor, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  big-data  pandemic  mississippi  health-disparities  demographics  population-data

How California’s COVID-19 surge widens health inequalities for Black, Latino and low-income residents

California’s COVID-19 disparities are sobering. Everyone is at risk, but low-income, Black and Latino residents are dying at higher rates.

Andrea N. Polonijo, Medical Sociologist, University of California, Riverside • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic health-disparities california ethnicity state

COVID-19 makes clear that bioethics must confront health disparities

A bioethicist argues that the problem of health disparities existed long before COVID-19 struck with a vengeance in marginalized communities.

Joseph J. Fins, The E. William Davis Jr, M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  health-disparities  hospitals  new-york-city  icu  bioethics  brooklyn

How racism in US health system hinders care and costs lives of African Americans

COVID-19 has again demonstrated the health inequities that exist between African-Americans and whites.

Ukamaka M. Oruche, Associate Professor & Director of Global Programs, Indiana University • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  health-disparities  implicit-bias  racism  doctors  african-americans  nurses  african-american-health

Coronavirus deaths and those of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery have something in common: Racism

Racism – and the chronic stress it causes – leads to poor health among African Americans. It may change the way genes are expressed, leading to increased levels of dangerous stress hormones.

April Thames, Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
June 9, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  inflammation  immune-system  pandemic  health-disparities  racism  african-americans

Doctors can't treat COVID-19 effectively without recognizing the social justice aspects of health

While African Americans account for about 14% of the US population, they have accounted for about 60% of deaths from the virus. Several physicians offer an idea they think could help.

Ryan Huerto, Family Medicine Physician, Health Services Researcher and Clinical Lecturer, University of Michigan • conversation
June 3, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  health-disparities  medical-education  coronavirus-2020  social-justice  health-gaps  health-equity

Native American tribes' pandemic response is hamstrung by many inequities

Many Native American tribes are reporting high COVID-19 infection rates. State and federal agencies are impeding tribes' efforts to handle the pandemic themselves.

Stephanie Malin, Associate Professor of Sociology; Co-Founder and Steering Committee Member, Center for Environmental Justice at CSU, Colorado State University • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 pandemic health-disparities native-americans coronavirus-2020 environmental-justice environmental-health oil-and-gas salmon north-dakota-access-pipeline alaska-natives border-wall

George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery deaths: Racism causes life-threatening conditions for black men every day

Police killings of black men gain widespread attention, but black men's life-and-death issues are ignored on a daily basis, a physician who studies health gaps explains.

Shervin Assari, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Michigan • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: health-disparities police-shootings health-gaps structural-racism black-mens-health police-shootings-of-black-men ahmaud-arbery george-floyd

Masks and distancing make it tough for the hard-of-hearing, but here's how to help

Audiologists recommend enhanced communication strategies in the time of coronavirus to help the nearly 60 million Americans living with hearing loss in one or both ears.

Nicole Marrone, Associate Professor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 hearing speech elderly health-disparities hearing-loss nursing-homes hospitals communication face-masks hearing-aids cochlear-implant assistive-technology deaf interpreter

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