The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted people of color, harming the health and livelihoods of Black and Brown communities. It has encouraged xenophobic discrimination and hate crimes against Asian-American communities, and exacerbated inequities that have affected, Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities where access to resources and utilities like water, internet, and food have long been problematic.
One project that addresses systemic racism in healthcare is COVID Black: A Taskforce on Black Health and Data, which is fighting health disparities in the diaspora.
Below you will find additional resources to help learn about the connections between COVID-19, racism, medicine, and healthcare.
You can find more information in the Taubman Health Science Library's COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Research Guide.
Find the latest news about coronavirus locally through the Health Department of Washtenaw County.
The Pursuit is a blog-style segment of the University of Michigan School of Public Health's website that shares trending public health topics from the school's faculty, students, staff, researchers and alumni. We'll share some recent articles from The Pursuit related to COVID-19 and race.
Racism as a Public Health Crisis: Increasing Awareness through Access to Research by Matthew L. Boulton, Jillian Morgan, and Sara McAdory-Kim
Racism: The Root Cause of COVID-19 Disparities in Washtenaw County by Jeremiah Simon
It is a well-documented fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted people of color. The reasons for this are complex and multiple; however, one way to better understand this is in the context of the enduring legacy of medical inequity and medical racism in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic makes emphatically visible the legacy and effects of this history: from inequities in healthcare resources and access, to the cultural fallout of exploitative and abusive histories of racist experimentation, to the pervasive enduring of implicit biases and racist notions. The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color is not an outlier or a coincidence and any solution to it must address its root causes.