Unpack the Facts: COVID-19 Disparities
September 16, 2020 via Catalyst 606_ _ Facebook Live
With increasing public awareness of racial injustice, its systemic and structural impacts are more obvious than ever, particularly in the midst of this pandemic. While this virus has impacted all of our lives, those impacts have been more severe for people of color, particularly Black Americans. American Medical Association President Patrice A. Harris, MD affirms, “What is already clear is this pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on African Americans.” Now, several months into this pandemic, it is clear that COVID-19 has exacerbated existing inequities in our healthcare industry. A CDC report published on April 17, 2020, claims “33% of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 were black, although they made up just 18% of the community being evaluated.” Looking specifically at our own community, a WBEZ story from August 17, 2020 “50 Lives in 4 ZIP Codes,” reported that the first person to die in Chicago from COVID-19 was a Black woman, and that the ZIP codes most affected by COVID-19 continue to be majority Black and Latinx areas of the city. Connect with us this Wednesday, September 16th to learn more about the impact of racism on healthcare and to see how COVID-19 has shown a light on the racial disparities in our communities.
Sonya Ballentine, a project manager with the Chicago Health Disparities Center at the Illinois Institute of Technology, will join us to help us understand the racial equity implications of the pandemic.
Virtual Meeting Info:
The session will be broadcast on Zoom and our Facebook Page Catalyst 606, and anyone is welcome to view and ask questions. If you are a student participating for class credit, please use the Zoom link sent to your email so we can track attendance.
This event is sponsored by Catalyst. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. You may contact AmeriCorps VISTA Sneha Mathew (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions. Please join us for this important conversation.
Wednesday, September 16th, 2020