Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Minority Populations

Date: 01/27/21
Time: 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Difficulty: Intermediate

Overview: According to CDC data, non-Hispanic Black persons account for 23% of the U.S. population, but are 5 times as likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 than non-Hispanic white persons. Non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native persons are also 5 times as likely, and Hispanic or Latino persons are 4 times more likely than their non-Hispanic neighbors to be hospitalized due to COVID-19. This webinar will discuss some of the potential reasons for the disproportionate impact—access to testing, treatment, and information; longstanding mistrust of health care institutions; lack of health care fluency or advocacy; and adoption (or lack thereof) of telemedicine modalities—and potential ramifications for failing to address these differences if and when a vaccine is made available, or when the next pandemic emerges and we realize that we did not learn from these very difficult lessons.

Speaker Information:

  • Tamala Choma, Vice President and General Counsel, Valley Presbyterian Hospital
  • LaDale George, Partner, Perkins Coie
  • Lisa Mazur, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Clevonne Jacobs, Principal and Founder, Pharos Healthcare Consulting
  • Greg Fosheim, Associate, McDermott Will & Emery LLP