Dr. Rhonda Medows shares her opinion about health disparities in America with Catholic Health World.
The tragic mortality rates the United States is experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic have amplified health disparities, and the heavier burden is borne by the people of color in this country. At Providence, we have analyzed our own initial patient population data across multiple western states who were served by our health system. Our total patient sample size for minority populations is small compared to other states but still relevant. We asked ourselves as a society and health professionals, how could we have done more prevention outreach and more testing? Did we assess and treat everyone to the best of our ability and is there more we can do now — not just during COVID-19 but to improve health outcomes overall?
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