The Daily Pennsylvanian

Zeke Emanuel details how COVID-19 has exacerbated inequities in healthcare at Penn event

Top Penn administrators discussed how racial inequities in the United States healthcare system have been exacerbated by COVID-19 at a virtual event on Wednesday evening. The event, “Racism and Anti-racism in Contemporary America: The Public Health System” was the fifth of a 13-part interdisciplinary conversation on the causes and consequences of racism in different academic fields. Panelists addressed the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color, as well as racial inequity in COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

The Biden administration must earn the trust of the public before they can make notable progress in health equity, noted Jennifer Prah Ruger, Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice.