Latest Health disparities News

Community leaders: Maine must fix COVID racial disparity

Jun. 25, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Black community accounts for more than a fifth of the state's coronavirus cases despite making up less than 2% of the population, and community leaders said Thursday the state must do more to address that racial disparity. Maine, which has the highest percentage of white...

FILE - In this March 30, 2020, file photo, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The government says Blacks are nearly four times more likely than whites to be hospitalized with COVID-19 among people with Medicare. The analysis from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also found that Hispanics were about twice as likely as whites to be hospitalized. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Medicare data: Blacks likelier to be hospitalized for COVID

Jun. 22, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blacks were nearly four times more likely than whites to be hospitalized with COVID-19 among people with Medicare, the government said Monday. The analysis from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also found that having advanced kidney disease was an even more severe...

Maine has widest virus racial disparity gap in the country

Jun. 21, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The widest racial disparity in the U.S. stemming from the coronavirus pandemic is in Maine, where Black residents are contracting the virus at 20 times the rate of their white neighbors, according to a report in the Portland Press Herald. Maine has the highest percentage of white...

Protesters gather in Leeds, England, Sunday June 14, 2020, during a protest by Black Voices Matter. Global protests are taking place in the wake of George Floyd’s death who was killed on May 25 while in police custody in the US city of Minneapolis. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

UK's leader creates anti-racism panel; critics want more

Jun. 15, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that he will establish a commission to look at what more can be done to fight racial inequality in the U.K., a move that came after two weeks of protests spurred by the death of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. Opponents accused the...

FILE - In this May 18, 2020, file photo, Belvin Jefferson White poses with a portrait of her father Saymon Jefferson at Saymon's home in Baton Rouge, La. Belvin recently lost both her father and her uncle, Willie Lee Jefferson, to COVID-19.  African Americans are disproportionately likely to say a family member or close friend has died of COVID-19 or respiratory illness since March, according to a series of surveys conducted since April that lays bare how black Americans have borne the brunt of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Poll: Black Americans most likely to know a COVID-19 victim

Jun. 15, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — African Americans are disproportionately likely to say a family member or close friend has died of COVID-19 or respiratory illness since March, according to a series of surveys conducted since April that lays bare how black Americans have borne the brunt of the pandemic. Eleven percent of...

Editorial Roundup:

Jun. 15, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The Dallas Morning News. June 13, 2020. Trump should have invited Dallas police chief to roundtable on race and policing The president of the United States visited Dallas this week and missed an opportunity to make a difference. At a rally at a predominantly white North Dallas megachurch, President Trump...

Where black Pittsburghers turn for pandemic answers, action

Jun. 13, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Take Action Mon Valley is dedicated to ending violence in whatever form it takes. So when COVID-19 began to steal lives, health and jobs, the organization stepped up. Fawn Walker-Montgomery, the leader of Take Action Mon Valley, said the new coronavirus pandemic has one upside: It has...

Mayor: Racism public health crisis, proposes police reforms

Jun. 12, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's mayor declared racism a public health crisis on Friday, outlining a series of reforms in response to the nationwide reckoning sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh, who protesters have called on to “defund” police and...

FILE - In this October 13, 2014 file photo, Republican Sen. Steve Huffman speaks during a rally at Darke County GOP headquarters in Greenville, Ohio. The American Civil Liberties Union called for Huffman to step down from office Thursday, June 11, 2020 after the senator questioned on the Ohio Senate floor if

Ohio senator fired over remarks about black people, hygiene

Jun. 12, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker has been fired from his job as a physician after questioning at a hearing whether “the colored population” was contracting coronavirus at disproportionate rates because they don’t wash their hands as well as others. State Sen. Stephen Huffman, a...

Black lawmakers say virus requests unanswered in Texas

Jun. 7, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Three months into the coronavirus outbreak in Texas, black lawmakers say Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and state health officials have fallen short in addressing their pleas for better racial data and efforts to decrease COVD-19's decidedly deadly toll on black Americans. The Dallas Morning...