The American health care system is beset with inequalities that have a disproportionate impact on people of color and other marginalized groups. These inequalities contribute to gaps in health insurance coverage, uneven access to services, and poorer health outcomes among certain populations. African Americans bear the brunt of these health care challenges. These become more urgent during the pandemic. 

This forum is a resource to help advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers in order to guide response, improve care, and save lives in our community. 

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Blacks and COVID-19 Fatalities

Why are Blacks more likely to become infected and die from COVID-19? What’s driving the disparities and death rates from COVID-19? Explore ongoing and new ideas for addressing COVID-19 in the Black community at the new NASEM Health and Medicine virtual workshop on 6/23: 

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"African Americans comprise 13.4 percent of the U.S. population.1 Over the span of several decades, namely since the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968, they have been able to make notable strides in American society. According to the Economic Policy Institute, educational attainment has greatly increased, with more than 90 percent of African Americans aged 25–29 having graduated from high school.2 College graduation rates have also improved among African Americans. When it comes to income, gains have been made as well, but African Americans are still paid less than white Americans for the same jobs and lag significantly behind when it comes to accumulating wealth. And as for home ownership, just over 40 percent of African Americans own a home—a rate virtually unchanged since 1968.3

African Americans are also living longer, and the majority of them have some form of health insurance coverage. However, African Americans still experience illness and infirmity at extremely high rates and have lower life expectancy than other racial and ethnic groups." Source  

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