We are living in extraordinary times as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the globe. If there is a silver lining in all of this, it is the heightened and passionate attention that is being given to how this disease disproportionately impacts communities of color. Our Community Grand Rounds’ mission is to eliminate racialized health inequities through strategies that are jointly developed and executed by health systems and the communities they serve. And, our goal to pursue that mission is to bring attention to and address the structural racism that creates those health inequities. We do this work with the Berrien County Health Department, other community organizations, and residents who share our commitment to improving the lives of people in our community, with a focus on those whose health is most compromised.
For the next few months, I plan to share with you links to some of the important media coverage that is shedding light on how conditions like poor housing, substandard education, unemployment, poverty, mistrust of the healthcare systems, and challenges many face in adhering to COVID-19 safety precautions. People who work in essential services or live in crowded housing are more vulnerable to COVID-19. The effects of our country’s long and deep history of institutional racism and multi-systemic disadvantage is showing up in the form of high COVID-19 illness and death in our nation’s black, brown, and indigenous communities.
Thank you for joining us on this journey.
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