Many lives have been deeply affected by the current pandemic, but this virus has hit some groups harder than others. In Missouri and across the country, African Americans have been both diagnosed with and have died from coronavirus at disproportionately high rates.
Even though about 12 percent of the state’s population is black, more than 37 percent of COVID-19 deaths have been black Missourians, according to data reported by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. This outsized impact of COVID-19 on black communities and other communities of color is part of the larger reality of racial health inequalities in our country, our state and right here in mid-Missouri.
In this episode, we will be speaking with guests who have studied, reported on and worked out in the community addressing racial health disparities.
Enid Schatz, professor and chair of MU's Department of Public Health.
Michele Teti, associate professor and director of MU's Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health Program.
Verna Laboy, health educator with the Columbia-Boone County health department.
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