Addressing Racial Inequities in Health Outcomes During COVID and Beyond
Structural inequalities between Black and White Americans have always had devastating impacts, and these disparate health outcomes have become even more apparent in the COVID-19 era. Panelists discuss the impact of structural racism on overall health outcomes of Black Americans, the framing of police brutality against Black Americans as a public health crisis, how the record of systemic racial injustice in the United States relates to the country's human rights law obligations, racial and economic disparities that exist outside of the U.S., and strategies for addressing gaps on a national and international level to guarantee the right to health in a post-COVID world.
Advancing Health Equity During a Pandemic
Examining the social determinants of health—the environments in which people live, work, and age—is crucial to understanding the disparities COVID-19 has laid bare. People are losing their jobs and health insurance, and delaying needed health care. During this session of the University of Minnesota’s Mini Medical School: COVID-19: The Way Forward, a group of University experts focused on how we must address these realities in the months and years ahead of us. By viewing this webinar, you’ll learn about the intersection of COVID-19, economic downturn, racial disparities, and what you can do, and we can do collectively, to promote health, eliminate inequities, and envision a new kind of health care as a community.
Ethics Grand Rounds: Ethical Implications of Disparities Observed in COVID-19 for Scarce Resource Allocation
COVID-19 continues to shine a light on the deep disparities present throughout the United States, in terms of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. This talk shows mortality data, as well as occupational case data, from Minnesota and examines what this means for the ethical allocation of scarce resources, including vaccines.
Community Engaged Research for Innovation and for Equity? Implications of Taking Community Voice Seriously
Community Engaged Research (CER) contributes to health innovations by bringing the perspectives of end-users - those most impacted by health inequities – into the research process. However, CER does not necessarily lead to improved health equity or trust in the research process. In this talk, Dr. Michelle Allen describes tension points between research and community perspectives when we take community voice seriously regarding our routine ways of conceptualizing, conducting, and disseminating research. She uses examples from her own work and that of community partners to consider how we can move from CER for innovation to CER for equity.
The Ethics of Underfunding: Changing the Narrative about Native American Health Care There is a general misconception that Native Americans receive free health care. This talk dispels that notion and gives a short history and current status of the Indian Health Care system. Dr. Mary Owen discusses the results of chronic underfunding of the Indian Health Service with a focus on the state and national impacts of COVID-19 on Native American populations.