Lunch & Learn: Health Equity in Our Communities: COVID-19, Maternal Mortality, and Access to Healthcare
Health disparities are difference in health conditions and health status between groups. Most health disparities affect marginalized groups because of socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, disability status, geographic location, or some combination of these. People in such groups not only experience worse health but also tend to have less access to the social determinants or conditions (e.g., healthy food, good housing, good education, safe neighborhoods, freedom from racism and other forms of discrimination) that support health. Health disparities are referred to as health inequities when they are the result of the systematic and unjust distribution of these vital conditions.
COVID-19 highlighted health inequities that communities of color have experienced for years, putting BIPOC families at greater risk for contracting the virus.
During this session, learn about:
- · Health disparities affecting maternal mortality rates in the African American community
- · Health inequities in communities of color that were highlighted by COVID-19, putting families at greater risk for contracting the virus
- · Access to healthcare in Colorado