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Black / African American Health Resources

Recent data show that communities of color are at much higher risk of being infected and dying from COVID-19. Social impacts to these communities may also differ. Here are recent articles and data on these important emerging topics.

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Title Source
What the Racial Data Show: The pandemic seems to be hitting people of color the hardest.
The Atlantic
Ibram X. Kendi
​April 6, 2020
News; magazine article
What the COVID-19 Pandemic Means for Black Americans: The bias built into the health system means they will have worse outcomes on average if they get sick
Scientific American
Uché Blackstock
April 7, 2020
Epidemics and Health Disparities in African American Communities: A Conversation with David R. Williams
The Project on Race & Gender in Science & Medicine, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research
Hosted by Evelynn M. Hammonds
April 9, 2020

View the original event page here
Event, webcast, video
With coronavirus, racism is the underlying condition
Boston Globe
Jeneé Osterheldt
April 10, 2010
event, webinar, video
An unequal crisis: Addressing the intersectional dimensions of COVID-19
YW Boston
Beth Chandler, Dr. Julie Levison, and Dr. Jonathan Jackson
April 14, 2020

View the webinar here
event, webinar, video
COVID-19 targets communities of color
The Harvard Gazette
Colleen Walsh
April 14, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic highlights longstanding health inequities in U.S.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
April 14, 2020

Read the New Yorker article here
The Myth of Innate Racial Differences Between White and Black People’s Bodies: Lessons From the 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A Conversation with Rana Hogarth
The Project on Race & Gender in Science & Medicine, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research
Hosted by Evelynn M. Hammonds
April 16, 2020

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Event, webinar, video
Who's Hit Hardest By COVID-19? Why Obesity, Stress And Race All Matter
Allison Aubrey
April 18, 2020
Growing Data Underscore that Communities of Color are Being Harder Hit by COVID-19
Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)
Samantha Artiga, Kendal Orgera, Olivia Pham, and Bradley Corallo
April 21, 2020
Lessons Not Learned: Smallpox and African Americans in the 1860s: A Conversation with Jim Downs
The Project on Race & Gender in Science & Medicine, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research
Hosted by Evelynn M. Hammonds
April 23, 2020

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event, webinar, video
To Protect Black Americans from the Worst Impacts of COVID-19, Release Comprehensive Racial Data: Properly reported information is crucial for black communities to recover from this crisis and transcend a history of exclusion
Scientific American
Joia Crear-Perry and Michael McAfee
April 24, 2020
Questions of Bias in Covid-19 Treatment Add to the Mourning for Black Families: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have advised health professionals to be on the lookout for medical bias.
The New York Times
John Eligon and Audra D. S. Burch
May 10, 2020
Pulmonary and cardiac pathology in African American patients with COVID-19: an autopsy series from New Orleans
The Lancet​
Sharon E Fox, MD; Aibek Akmatbekov, MD; Jack L Harbert, MD; Guang Li, MS; J Quincy Brown, PhD; and Prof Richard S Vander Heide, MD
May 27, 2020

View the article here
Journal article
Poll Shows Only A Quarter Of African Americans Plan To Get Coronavirus Vaccine
Brakkton Booker
May 27, 2020
Black Americans face higher COVID-19 risks, are more hesitant to trust medical scientists, get vaccinated
Pew Research Center
John Gramlich and Cary Funk
June 4, 2020
A black ER doctor reflects on everyday encounters with racism
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
June 11, 2020

Read The Washington Post article here
Experts: Health care system’s racial bias contributes to COVID-19 disparities
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
June 14, 2020

Read the USA Today article here
Watch the video here
News, video
We Need to Recruit More Black Americans in Vaccine Trials
New York Times
Wayne A. I. Frederick et al.
September 11, 2020
Six Months of the Coronavirus in Black America
Julia Craven
September 13, 2020
A COVID-19 Vaccine May Be Only 50% Effective. Is That Good Enough?

Allison Aubrey
COVID-19 Expert Database
Open-access database

Thanks to the Harvard Library for providing these links.