Facebook Live Webinar | The Color of COVID-19 in Maryland: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities During a Global Pandemic
On April 30, Dr. Stephen Thomas hosted a community conversation on Facebook Live to discuss racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in the COVID-19 pandemic, and what action is needed to save the lives of Marylanders.
"The Color of COVID-19 Maryland: Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in a Global Pandemic" webinar included a panel of Maryland elected officials, public health experts and people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Tonight is going to be about solutions," Thomas said. "But we also have to acknowledge the problem."
Thomas showed viewers data that highlights our nation's racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities regarding COVID-19.
"Health disparities are not simply a difference," Family Science Professor Sandra Quinn, one of the speakers on the webinar, told viewers. "They are caused by underlying social determinants of health: racism, poverty, marginilization, immigration status. They are caused by a number of factors that put people at a distinct disadvantage."
Maryland State Senator Clarence K. Lam says that oftentimes, policy makers and members of the public look at things in silos.
"We need to reinvest in education, transportation, the environment-- because they all effect our health," Lam said. We as a community need to address all these issues together. All of these are a complex interplay in the social determinants."
Watch a recording of the Facebook Live event below.
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