Examining the Pandemic’s Disproportionate Impact on Black Americans

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In Michigan, African Americans make up 14% of the population but represent 33% of the state’s COVID-19 cases and 41% of deaths. Michigan is not unique in this respect—experts have seen similar statistics across the country. Michigan Public Health professor Enrique Neblett, a leading expert on racism and health, explains how and why the coronavirus pandemic is causing Black Americans to be infected, hospitalized and die at a higher rate than other populations—and what we as individuals and communities can do to dismantle the systemic racism that is the root cause of these health disparities.

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In This Episode

Enrique NeblettEnrique Neblett, PhD

Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Enrique Neblett is one of the leading US scholars in the area of racism and health, with a particular focus on understanding how racism-related stress influences the mental and physical health of African American young people. He is also the associate director of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research CenterLearn more.


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