Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, communities of color already faced inequitable opportunities for health and well-being. Racial and ethnic health disparities have long existed, largely rooted in structural inequities that have persisted across generations. From the lasting effects of residential segregation to poverty, discrimination, less access to good jobs and economic opportunity, higher rates of uninsurance, less access to health care, and much more, people of color have experienced the undue burden of these inequities. 

While everyone is at risk for COVID-19, individuals who have underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. And people of color disproportionately have higher rates of many chronic conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and asthma which are associated with the social determinants of health. Furthermore, people of color are overrepresented in low-wage jobs and in many of the front-line jobs designated as essential workers in this pandemic. Now as more cases of and deaths from COVID-19 are identified across the country, this pandemic is revealing the consequences of these longstanding inequities, through the early data reported on the higher rates of cases and deaths among people of color. There is an urgent need to advance equity in the pandemic response and to prevent it from further exacerbating disparities.

The Web Forum will highlight the disproportionate impact the outbreak is having on communities of color and the short- and long-term efforts needed to address this impact. There will also be a focus on the recent federal legislation and state actions in response to COVID-19.

Please join this Web Forum hosted by Trust for America’s Health with an expert panel discussion and time for audience Q&A

Presenters

Kathy Ko Chin, MS

President and CEO

Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Oakland, CA

Kathy Ko Chin is president and chief executive officer of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), a national health justice organization which influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

With strong values handed…

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Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd

Director

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Barbara Ferrer is a nationally-known public health leader with over 30 years of professional experience as a philanthropic strategist, educational leader, researcher, community advocate, and public health director.

Currently, Dr. Ferrer is the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which protects health, prevents disease, and…

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Danyelle Solomon, JD

Vice President, Race and Ethnicity Policy

Center for American Progress

Danyelle Solomon is the Vice President of Race and Ethnicity Policy at the Center for American Progress. Her work focuses on structural reforms to improve outcomes for people of color in our economic, social and civic systems. Her work has been focused on policies that close the racial wealth gap,…

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David R. Williams, PhD, MPH

Florence & Laura Norman Professor of Public Health

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Cambridge, MA

Professor Williams, is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health and Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also a Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

An internationally recognized authority on social influences…

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Moderator

J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Trust for America’s Health

Washington, DC

J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE Dr. J. Nadine Gracia is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at TFAH, where she works in partnership with the president and CEO to develop and implement strategic policy priorities, and manages TFAH’s core business functions and internal operations. She has extensive leadership and…

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