Health Disparities and COVID-19
CNBC: (5/15) – Racial health disparities already existed in America, but COVID-19 exacerbated them. CNBC spoke with Blackstock and other black doctors, nurses, and experts to get their thoughts on how housing location, health care access and distrust in the medical system have all contributed to the racial health disparities we see today.
JAMA Network: (5/11) – This viewpoint article in JAMA highlights the racial and ethnic disparities that have been exacerbated by COVID-19 and the need for the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to study the short and long-term effects of COVID-19.
Patient Engagement HIT: (5/11) – New data from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that people of color and low-income patients with comorbidities are at a higher risk of serious illness if infected with coronavirus due to underlying health and economic challenges.
ACOG: (5/11) – The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a position statement on addressing health equity during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the need for data collection, improving health care systems for better testing sites, and how obstetrician-gynecologists and other health professionals can screen for social determinants.
Fierce Healthcare: (5/11) – COVID-19 is widening gaps in health equity. This article highlights health systems and apps in New York, New Jersey, and Chicago that are addressing social determinants of health.
Washington Post: (5/10) – As more people face food insecurity in the U.S, the Editorial Board of the Washington Post argues that Congress needs to take bolder action than it has an boost maximum SNAP benefits by 15 percent, increase the minimum benefit, and extend Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) into the summer.
Forbes: (5/7) – The number of mothers reporting food insecurity has jumped more than 200 percent since the start of the pandemic, with more than 40 percent of mothers with children under the age of 12 reporting that they have experienced food insecurity since the crisis began.
Gallup: (5/5) – A new globally applicable measure developed by the World Food Programme and Gallup found that women are more likely to be affected by food insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis, making it clear that relevant responses to COVID-19 require collecting sex-and age-disaggregated data.
U.S. News: (4/30) – New analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that while rural communities have fewer COVID-19 case per 100,000 people than urban areas, rates of both coronavirus cases and deaths have surged at a faster pace in more rural counties in the last two weeks.