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Racial Health Disparities and COVID-19: Two Pandemics?

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 4:00 PM until 5:30 PM
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Longstanding inequity in healthcare access and the influence of social determinants of health have become increasingly visible during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Particular racial and ethnic groups are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and the emerging racial disparity in rates of diagnosis and dying is startling.  Obtaining accurate, publicly available data on the prevalence of COVID-19 diagnosis, hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and deaths by race and ethnicity has been challenging.   Concern about availability of intensive care resources raises questions about fair allocation processes against the backdrop of health disparities and systemic racism. In this continually evolving pandemic, what steps can we take now to deeply recognize and address disparity and to sustain action in the future?

We are grateful to our speakers:
  • James “Eddie” Black, MD, Medical Director of Emergency Services, Phoebe Putney Health System, Albany, Georgia
  • Nicole Franks, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emory and Chief Quality Officer, Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • Shivani Patel, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory 
  • Nneka O. Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, MA, FCCP, FCCM, Director, Clinical Ethics Department, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
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