COVID-19 healthcare gaps: Addressing testing and treatment disparities on Black and Brown populations
The Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference, Council on Communities of Color presents a new installment in an ongoing series of conversations, or micro-summits, called “CSG East on COVID-19” or #CSGCOVID19. This micro-summit will take place via Zoom on Friday, April 17th, 10am – 11am ET.
This one-hour discussion will focus on the disparity in testing and medical treatment for diverse Black and Brown populations. Racial and income bias have always existed in the medical field, from how under-served populations experience lack of access to healthcare to finding themselves constantly under-diagnosed; and how race and income determine their level of care. That bias is showing up in the lack of coronavirus testing in hardest hit Black communities and effecting their odds of survival. Join us to discuss those gaps and ways in which districts, policymakers, and communities can creatively collaborate and address them now.
- Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Maryland, Vice-Chair of the CSG East Council on Communities of Color
- Usama Bilal, PhD, MPH, MD, Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health
- Leon McDougle, MD, MPH, President-Elect National Medical Association
- Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD, Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, University of Pennsylvania