Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, communities of color faced inequitable opportunities for health and well-being from health and economic disparities, largely rooted in systemic inequities that have persisted across generations.
Now, the COVID-19 pandemic is exposing these inequities. Furthermore, people of color are overrepresented in the front-line jobs designated as essential workers in this pandemic, increasing their level of risk of exposure. While everyone is at risk for COVID-19, data that have gained national attention are shining a spotlight on the devastatingly higher rates of severe illness and death from COVID-19 among people of color.
On May 20th the following speakers will join TFAH's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, for a webinar to discuss the unique challenges for people of color in the wake of COVID-19.
- David R. Williams, PhD, MPH, Florence & Laura Norman Professor of Public Health; Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology, Harvard University
- Kathy Ko Chin, MS, President and CEO, Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum
- Danyelle Solomon, JD, Vice President, Race and Ethnicity Policy, Center for American Progress
The webinar will highlight the disproportionate health and economic impacts the pandemic is having on communities of color and the short- and long-term efforts needed to advance equity in the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and future public health emergencies. There will also be a focus on recent federal legislation and state actions in response to COVID-19.
Please join this webinar hosted by Trust for America’s Health with an expert panel discussion and time for audience Q&A.
This event is recommended for anyone working in public health, health care, policy and advocacy, health equity, civil rights, community-based organizations, social determinants of health, and local and state health officials.
Registration is free and closed captioning is available to all attendees.