Journal Article Address COVID-19 Impact on African Americans

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‘What are we going to do about it?’ author wonders

The Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved has published an article which

addresses the disproportionate rate of Covid-19 infection among African Americans and other

people of color.

The African American Petri Dish, written by Dr. Ronald Braithwaite, professor of

Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine, and Psychiatry at Morehouse School of Medicine, and Dr. Rueben Warren, director of the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, traces racial and ethnic inequalities in morbidity and mortality from COVID-19, as well as what a recent press release described as an “inadequate response” by the federal government to address mediation of the spread of the


The essay has been made available online via Project MUSE prior to the journal issue’s official


“The number of Black and Brown deaths and infections has exponentially increased since the

online release of this publication,” Dr. Braithwaite notes. 

As of May 18, just over 90,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. Growing data indicates the rate of infection and death is disproportionately high among African Americans and people of color. 

“What the data say about the disparate, adverse impact of the coronavirus pandemic on African Americans, is not surprising. The ethical question is, what are we going to do about it?” Dr. Warren added.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU) is a peer-reviewed journal

focusing on contemporary health care issues of medically underserved communities, and is owned by and edited at Meharry Medical College. Morehouse School of Medicine, Tuskegee University, and Meharry Medical College are three of the leading historically Black colleges/universities (HBCUs) in the U.S.

JHCPU is the official journal of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU). It is published quarterly by Johns Hopkins University Press.

SOURCE: Johns Hopkins University Press

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