Minority Health Equality

For Black and Hispanic communities across the U.S. COVID-19 has struck an especially painful blow

July 21, 2020
Minority Health Equality

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By Steven John

For Black and Hispanic communities across the U.S., many of whom already face disproportionately higher rates of chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, COVID-19 has struck an especially painful blow.

These groups face greater financial impacts, higher rates of infection or higher rates of death. In fact, the death rate for Black Americans is 3.6 times that of whites, and Hispanics' is 2.5 times higher, according to recent research.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are delaying or entirely cancelling appointments to get help for important healthcare needs. The situation is getting so dire that it’s creating another healthcare crisis on top of the current challenges.

Dr. Garth Graham, Vice President of Community Health and Chief Community Health officer for CVS Health, came on the program to discuss these issues.

Listen to the interview in this segment of Eye on the Community.