The Racial Disparities of COVID-19

The Racial Disparities of COVID-19

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  • While the COVID-19 pandemic has altered all of our lives, some people have been more acutely affected than others. To understand the racial disparities in the time of COVID-19 and beyond, Third Way hosted a virtual briefing on Thursday, April 23 with Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), who has been working on legislation that would address racial inequities, Dr. Garth Graham, M.D., MPH, who is the President of the Aetna Foundation and Vice President of Community Health for CVS Health and a leading authority on social determinants of health, and Little Rock, Arkansas Mayor Frank Scott, Jr.

    People of color are getting sick and dying from COVID-19 at a disproportionately high rate compared to their white counterparts. A Washington Post analysis found that majority-black counties had infection rates three times the rate of majority-white counties.

    Third Way's Akunna Cook moderated this timely and important conversation about how policymakers and leaders should respond to these inequities.

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