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Category: Black

  • How Equitable is Access to COVID-19 Treatments?

    This issue brief assesses the availability of oral antiviral treatments by county and certain county characteristics, including metro vs. non-metro status, poverty rate, and majority Black, Hispanic, or American Indian or Alaska Native (AIAN).

  • 4 Key Q&As About the Impact of Climate Change on Health Equity

    While climate change effects ripple across the world and all populations, it is poised to disproportionately affect people of color, low-income communities, immigrants, and other high-need groups. Many of these groups have historically been exposed to climate hazards due to government policies and discriminatory practices that leave them more vulnerable to adverse climate events like…More

  • Climate Change and Health Equity: Key Questions and Answers

    While climate change poses health threats for everyone, people of color, low-income people, and other marginalized or high-need groups face disproportionate risks due to underlying inequities and structural racism and discrimination. The same factors that contribute to health inequities influence climate vulnerability— the degree to which people or communities are at risk of experiencing the […]

  • Medicaid and Racial Health Equity

    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated longstanding racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care. In the past year, the federal government and many states have identified advancing health equity as a key priority for the Medicaid program, which is a major source of health coverage for people of color. This issue brief […]

  • Disparities in Health and Health Care Among Black People

    This infographic looks at the persistent disparities in health and health care for Black people, which reflect structural and systematic inequities rooted in racism and discrimination. Although disparities in health coverage for Black people narrowed after passage of the Affordable Care Act, they continue to face higher rates of illness and death compared to White […]

  • Racial Disparities in Cancer Outcomes, Screening, and Treatment

    This brief provides an overview of recent data on cancer incidence and mortality, risk factors, screening, treatment, and outcomes by race and ethnicity. Racial disparities in cancer incidence and outcomes are well-documented, with research showing that they are driven by a combination of structural, economic, and socioenvironmental inequities that are rooted in racism and discrimination, […]

  • Key Facts on Health and Health Care by Race and Ethnicity

    With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting communities of color disproportionately in their health and economic well-being, long-term racial and ethnic disparities have received growing attention. But these inequities in our health system are not new and are a part of larger issues of systemic racism. An updated KFF chart pack analyzes a wide array of measures…More

  • Key Facts on Health and Health Care by Race and Ethnicity

    This chart pack examines how people of color fare compared to White people across a broad array of measures of health coverage, access, and use; health status, outcomes, and behaviors; social determinants of health; and COVID-19 impacts to provide insight into the status of racial disparities in health and health care.

  • Advancing Health Equity Requires More and Better Data

    Increasing availability of high-quality comprehensive data disaggregated by race/ethnicity is a prerequisite for efforts to advance health equity, not only related to COVID-19 but in health and health care more broadly.

  • COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Race/Ethnicity: Current Data and Changes Over Time

    Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, analyses of federal, state, and local data have shown that people of color have experienced a disproportionate burden of cases and deaths. They have shown particularly large disparities in cases and deaths for Black and American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) people and in cases among Hispanic people…More

  • COVID-19 Vaccinations by Race/Ethnicity: Differences and Limitations Across Measures

    While the federal, state, and survey data all show narrowing racial disparities in COVID-19 vaccination rates over time, they vary in the magnitude of this narrowing, with some surveys showing that gaps have closed, while the administrative data pointing to some remaining differences. This variation in findings reflects both differences and limitations across the datasets.

  • Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Impacts and Vaccinations for Children

    COVID-19 has disproportionately negatively affected the physical and mental health, academic growth, and economic security of children of color. At the same time, the limited data available to date suggest some children of color may be less likely to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, leaving them at elevated risk as the virus continues to spread and […]

  • Extreme Heat and Racial Health Equity

    During the summer, the United States reported record extreme heat events across the country. While extreme heat and other hazardous weather events have implications for everyone, growing research shows that they disproportionately affect low-income people and people of color due to underlying social inequities and structural discrimination.

  • Study: Black, Hispanic beneficiaries driving MA enrollment growth

    Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans grew rapidly between 2009 and 2018, with the largest increases seen among Black, Hispanic and dual enrollee — that is enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid — populations. This indicates that payers will need to play a key role in addressing health inequities.

  • NYC Health + Hospitals drops use of two race-based clinical assessments

    The nation’s largest public health system will stop using clinical assessments for kidney function and vaginal delivery after C-sections that use race-based calculations for determining illness severity and risk. These assessments can result in people of color not receiving the diagnoses and treatments they need.

  • How Employer Actions Could Facilitate Equity in COVID-19 Vaccinations

    Providing paid time off to employees to get and recover from any side effects could help boost vaccination rates. Overall, nearly three in ten (28%) employed adults who not yet ready to get the vaccine say that they would be more likely to get the COVID-19 vaccine if their employer gave them paid time off […]

  • Disparities in Health and Health Care: 5 Key Questions and Answers

    Disparities in health and health care for people of color and underserved groups are longstanding challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these disparities and heightened the importance of addressing them. Health disparities are driven by underlying social and economic inequities that are rooted in racism. Addressing disparities is important not only from a social justice […]

  • How are States Addressing Racial Equity in COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts?

    This brief reviews information available through state websites and publicly available vaccine distribution plans to provide greater insight into how states are addressing equity through vaccine allocation and distribution strategies, outreach and communications efforts, and data collection and reporting. It provides a snapshot and examples of state efforts in these areas.

  • Report: 40% of chronically ill Americans delayed care during pandemic

    As of September 2020, about a third of Americans said they delayed or avoided medical care due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report. That figure shoots up to 40% among Americans with chronic conditions, which means providers need to work harder to assuage patient fears, the authors wrote.