April 2020 Diversity and Disparities Update

COVID-19 and Health Equity Resources

JUST ANNOUNCED! CHA Diversity & Health Disparities Networking Call
Friday, May 15, 2020 | 1-2 p.m. ET
The coronavirus pandemic has had a disproportionally hard impact on minority communities, especially African Americans, calling attention to the reality of racial and ethic health disparities in our nation. Please join us for a networking call to share what Catholic health care facilities and systems are doing to address health disparities in the context of COVID-19, including outreach to communities, data collection, access to testing and treatment and building trust in communities suspicious of the health care system. You can access the call at (844) 263-6303, and share your name and organization to participate.

Webinar: Root Cause Coalition: How to Use Data to Deploy Resources to Vulnerable Populations for COVID-19
April 30, 2020 | 1-2 p.m. ET
The Root Cause Coalition's webinar, How To Use Data to Deploy Resources to Vulnerable Populations for COVID-19, will explore how the Maryland Department of Health's Task Force on Vulnerable Populations for COVID-19 is implementing a data-driven approach to identifying communities and individuals at highest risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19 and using that information to guide the deployment of outreach and resources through public-private partnerships. Register here.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Virtual COVID-19 Briefing Series
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) has a three-part webinar series related to the coronavirus pandemic. An archived recording of the first webinar, COVID-19: Addressing Health Disparities, is available on the CHCI website. Session two will take place the week of May 11 and will be on The Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19. The third webinar, Education & Equity: A post-COVID Digitally Equipped Classroom, will be presented the week of June 1. Visit the Briefing Series webpage.

ABA COVID-19 Webinar Series
The American Bar Association Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice has developed a multi-part webinar series exploring the COVID-19 pandemic and critical legal issues including issues affecting African Americans, communities of color, Native Americans, immigrants and the disability community. Recordings of past webinars and information on upcoming sessions can be found here.

Webinar: Salud America! "How to Use Place-Based Data to Promote Health Equity During COVID-19 Pandemic"
Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 2-3 p.m. ET
The Salud America! Health Equity Report Card generates county-level housing, transit, healthcare, and data on other social factors that affect the health of Latino children and families. Join this webinar to learn how the report card can help to identify and address health inequities in your community, which are being exposed an exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Register here.

Archived Webinar: COVID-19 Conversations: COVID-19 Testing: Possibilities, Challenges, and Ensuring Equity
The American Public Health Association and the National Academy of Medicine are hosting a series of webinars on topics surrounding the current outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States and globally, with a focus on the emerging evidence on how to best mitigate its impact. The April 22 webinar provided an update on the state of testing for COVID-19, what data the different tests being developed will provide, how we can use that data to inform plans to ease physical distancing, and the equity issues we must all consider regarding what populations can access testing and how we can ensure equal access for all. Access the recording of this and previous webinars.

Archived Webinar: COVID-19 Impact on Immigrants
CHA co-hosted a webinar on April 24 discussing COVID-19 and the immigrant community, including assistance and financial relief available to immigrant families in recently passed COVID-19 legislation. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA and Network were also co-hosts. Access the recording.

Archived Webinars: CDC Center for Preparedness and Response: Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) provides timely, accurate, and credible information to clinicians related to emergency preparedness, response, and emerging public health threats. The COCA has recently hosted several calls and webinars regarding emergency preparedness and response topics related to COVID-19. Listen here.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) News and Resources
The National Academies has established a collection of coronavirus resources, consensus studies, and workshop proceedings on the subject of pandemic infectious disease. Access them.

American Medical Association: COVID-19 Health Equity Resources
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the AMA is carefully compiling critical health equity resources from across the web to shine a light on the structural issues that contribute to and could exacerbate already existing inequities. View the listing.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019
This webpage contains daily updated information regarding the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S by state or territory, cases in the U.S. by date reported and demographic characteristics of cases in the U.S. Explore the site.

Kaiser Family Foundation: Communities of Color at Higher Risk for Health and Economic Challenges due to COVID-19
The COVID-19 outbreak presents potential health and financial challenges for families, which may disproportionately affect communities of color and compound underlying health and economic disparities. This brief analyzes data on underlying health conditions, health coverage and health care access and social and economic factors by race and ethnicity to provide insight into how the health and financial impacts of COVID-19 may vary across racial/ethnic groups. Read the brief.

Johns Hopkins University: Racial Data Transparency: State COVID-19 Data by Race
Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center has an interactive map showing the U.S. states that have released Covid-19 data by race, broken down into three critical categories: confirmed cases, deaths, and testing. The data should assist policy-makers and other decision-makers in their response to the pandemic and shed light on the intersecting forces of racial disparities, underlying conditions and poverty that affect how the virus spreads throughout the U.S. Access the data site.


Association of American Medical Colleges Maternal Health Equity Webinar Series
Part Two: Rural Maternal Health Equity

Thursday, May 14, 2020
1:30-2:30 p.m. ET
Part Three: Immigrant Maternal Health Equity
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
1:30-2:30 p.m. ET
The AAMC has launched a Maternal Health Equity Webinar Series. The second webinar, on Rural Maternal Health Equity, will be presented on Thursday, May 14. Immigrant maternal health will be the topic for the third and final session. The first webinar featured Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha of Tufts University School of Medicine, who gave a comprehensive and passionate overview of the history and current state of persistent maternal health disparities for women of color in the U.S., and the key structural factors today, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, that exacerbate and perpetuate these inequities. Register for the upcoming webinars and to access a recording of the first.

National Rural Health Association (NRHA)
Health Equity Virtual Event
May 19-22, 2020
NRHA's Health Equity Conference is one of the National Rural Health Association's fastest-growing conferences and one of the only meetings in the nation to focus on health equity issues in rural America. The conference offers attendees the opportunity to meet with peers and experts who share the same unique concerns and interests and is created for anyone with an interest in rural health care, including rural health practitioners, hospital administrators, clinic directors and lay health workers, social workers, state and federal health employees, academics, community members and more. This year the conference events will be offered online. Register here.

Webinar - The Social Determinants Academy: Equitable Preparedness for Vulnerable Population
May 20, 2020 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET
The Social Determinants of Health Academy is a Health Resources & Services Administration funded virtual training series designed to help staff from health centers, health center-controlled networks and primary care associations develop, implement, and sustain SDOH interventions in their clinics and communities. This webinar will explore the ways in which emergencies such as natural disasters and disease outbreaks disproportionately affect vulnerable populations. Register here.

6th Annual State of Disparities in the African American Family Community Empowerment through Policy Change
Aug. 14-15, 2020

The Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition is hosting the 6th Annual State of Disparities in the African American Family Community Empowerment through Policy Change. This year's goal is to examine how political and social policies have impacted health disparities in the African American community. The conference will examine the state of disparities by exploring the impact on the through historical documentation, breakout sessions and personal testimonies. Learn more and register.

Reports and Resources

Rural Health Information Hub
The Rural Health Information Hub is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and is committed to supporting health care and population health in rural communities by providing access to a plethora of current reliable resources and tools to help educate rural stakeholders about rural health needs and work to address them. Explore the site.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Birth Settings in America: Outcomes, Quality, Access, and Choice (2020) 
Negative childbirth outcomes are more frequent for Black and Native American individuals and their newborns. This report explores ways to improve childbirth services in hospital settings, birth centers, and home births where the vast majority of pregnant people in the U.S. experience childbirth. Improving integration across birth settings and investing in the maternity care workforce can also make giving birth safer than it is today. Read highlights. Download report with free registration.

Root Cause Coalition – 2020 Status of Health Equity Report
The Root Cause Coalition recently released its 2020 Status of Health Equity Report. This report studies underlying socioeconomic factors such as affordable housing, access to affordable and nutritious food, transportation, isolation and economic instability and demonstrates how health and well-being can be significantly improved, and healthcare expenditures significantly reduced. Included in the report is a bold Call to Action for all leaders from government and across all sectors to redefine how we improve our nation's health care delivery model through prioritizing the social determinants of health. Access the report. Listen to a presentation on how to utilize the report.

County Health Rankings – 2020 County Health Rankings State Reports
The annual County Health Rankings report provides a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work, and play. The 2020 state reports highlight how health outcomes and health factors differ by place within your state and illustrates how health differs among racial/ethnic groups within places. View the report.

The Century Foundation – Racism, Inequality, and Health Care for African Americans
The Century Foundation released a report that analyzes inequalities that have a disproportionate impact on African Americans and other marginalized groups. These inequalities contribute to gaps in health insurance coverage, uneven access to services, and poorer health outcomes among certain populations. Read.

Kaiser Family Foundation: Changes in Health Coverage by Race and Ethnicity since the ACA, 2010-2018
The Affordable Care Act created new health coverage options that provided an opportunity to narrow longstanding racial and ethnic disparities in health coverage. This brief examines how health coverage by race and ethnicity has changed since enactment of the ACA in 2010 and after the new Administration took office in 2017 and made changes that affect the availability of and enrollment in coverage. Read.

Archived Webinar: Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions: No Two People Are the Same: Respecting Cultural Diversity when Delivering Healthcare
A person's cultural background and personal experiences play a major role in their perception of healthcare and treatment. Understanding these differences is crucial to provide effective care that is comprehensive, and patient centered. View the recorded webinar.

Archived Podcast: American Hospital Association: Advancing Health
On this AHA Advancing Health podcasts, Jay Bhatt, D.O., AHA Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, and Maurice Jones, president and CEO of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, discuss social determinants of health and how collaborations between hospitals and community development organizations can advance health equity. Listen to part one. In part two Jay Bhatt and Maurice Jones continue their discussion.


For recent news articles, please visit our website at www.chausa.org/disparities/overview. News about disparities and COVID-19 can also be found on CHA's Coronavirus Resources page at: www.chausa.org/newsroom/coronavirus-resources/.

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