Race, Health, and COVID-19: The Views and Experiences of Black Americans   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "Racial disparities in health and health care have been longstanding and persistent in the United States. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, African Americans were experiencing lower rates of health insurance coverage, increased barriers to accessing health care, and worse health outcomes compared to their White counterparts. Black adults in the U.S. also face social and economic inequities, including higher rates of unemployment, that play a major role in shaping health. Beyond these factors, research shows that historic abuse and mistreatment of communities of color by the medical system and ongoing racism and discrimination drive disparities in health, contributing to lower quality of care, distrust of the health care system, and stress and trauma. Reflecting these experiences, KFF [Kaiser Family Foundation] surveys dating back to 1999 have documented a gap in trust of health care providers between Black and White Americans. The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has drawn new attention to and compounded these existing disparities in health and health care. [...] This work builds on KFF's long history of documenting racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care, as well as our history of using surveys to document the views and experiences of African Americans on broader issues of race, culture, and discrimination in partnership with media organizations like CNN [Cable News Network] and The Washington Post."

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
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Kaiser Family Foundation: https://www.kff.org/
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