[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]

Policy Solutions for Reversing the Color-blind Public Health Response to COVID-19 in the US

Educational Objective
To understand the policy changes needed to reverse color-blind public health responses to COVID-19 in the US
1 Credit CME

Two months into the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, more than 1.7 million individuals in the US have been infected and more than 100 000 have died. This tragedy has affected people of all walks of life, but the burdens of morbidity and mortality have not been borne equally. As data have accumulated from across the nation, a disturbing, and not surprising, pattern has emerged: cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have disproportionally affected communities of color.1,2

Sign in to take quiz and track your certificates

Buy This Activity

JN Learning™ is the home for CME and MOC from the JAMA Network. Search by specialty or US state and earn AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit™ from articles, audio, Clinical Challenges and more. Learn more about CME/MOC

Article Information

Corresponding Author: Marisa K. Dowling, MD, MPP, Health Policy Fellow, Department of Emergency Medicine, The George Washington University, 2120 L St, NW, Ste 450, Washington, DC 20037 (mdowling@mfa.gwu.edu).

Published Online: June 4, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.10531

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Additional Information: Statistics are updated as of May 29, 2020. The acts passed by the 116th Congress and proposed legislation are available at Congress.gov.

References
1.
Wadhera  RK , Wadhera  P , Gaba  P ,  et al.  Variation in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths across New York City boroughs.   JAMA. Published online April 29, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.7197PubMedGoogle Scholar
2.
Yancy  CW .  COVID-19 and African Americans.   JAMA. 2020;323(19):1891-1892. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.6548PubMedGoogle ScholarCrossref
3.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Cases in the U.S. Published May 19, 2020. Accessed May 20, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html
4.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Data visualization. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated May 14, 2020. Accessed May 20, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/data-visualization.htm
5.
National Center for Health Statistics. Weekly updates by select demographic and geographic characteristics: provisional death counts for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Accessed May 20, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm
6.
APM Research Lab Staff. The color of coronavirus: COVID-19 deaths by race and ethnicity in the U.S. Published May 20, 2020. Accessed May 20, 2020. https://www.apmresearchlab.org/covid/deaths-by-race
7.
Elliott  J , Kiel  P. Millions of Americans might not get stimulus checks. some might be tricked into paying TurboTax to get theirs. ProPublica. Published April 15, 2020. Accessed May 20, 2020. https://www.propublica.org/article/millions-of-americans-might-not-get-stimulus-checks-some-might-be-tricked-into-paying-turbotax-to-get-theirs
8.
Flitter  E. Black-owned businesses could face hurdles in federal aid program. New York Times. Published April 10, 2020. Accessed May 20, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/10/business/minority-business-coronavirus-loans.html
9.
Kelly  RL.  Kelly Report: Health Disparities in America. Webb B, ed. Published online 2015. Accessed May 20, 2020. https://robinkelly.house.gov/sites/robinkelly.house.gov/files/ 2015%20Kelly%20Report_0.pdf
If you are not a JN Learning subscriber, you can either:
Subscribe to JN Learning for one year
Buy this activity
jn-learning_Modal_LoginSubscribe_Purchase
Close
If you are not a JN Learning subscriber, you can either:
Subscribe to JN Learning for one year
Buy this activity
jn-learning_Modal_LoginSubscribe_Purchase
Close
With a personal account, you can:
  • Access free activities and track your credits
  • Personalize content alerts
  • Customize your interests
  • Fully personalize your learning experience
Education Center Collection Sign In Modal Right
Close

Name Your Search

Save Search
Close
With a personal account, you can:
  • Track your credits
  • Personalize content alerts
  • Customize your interests
  • Fully personalize your learning experience
jn-learning_Modal_SaveSearch_NoAccess_Purchase
Close

Lookup An Activity

or

Close

My Saved Searches

You currently have no searches saved.

Close
With a personal account, you can:
  • Access free activities and track your credits
  • Personalize content alerts
  • Customize your interests
  • Fully personalize your learning experience
Education Center Collection Sign In Modal Right
Close