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What: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a disproportionate toll nationally on African Americans, the Black Arizona COVID-19 Task Force and Equality Health are collaborating to provide COVID-19 specific information, education, and community resources to Arizona’s African American community.
This includes a four-part webinar series, “Surviving the Pandemic,” led by healthcare experts who will discuss how COVID-19 is impacting the Black community, and what to do to keep each other and our families safe. Webinar Attendees will also learn:
- How to Access Virtual Care
- Managing Our Mental Health and Anxiety
- Coping with Social Isolation
- Accessing Community-Based Resources
Who can attend: Anyone interested in the public health issue of COVID-19’s impact on African Americans and measures to protect the Black Community during the current pandemic and future viral outbreaks.
When: Series happening every other Friday, reserve your seat today for one or more spots on:
- April 24, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm
- May 8, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm
- May 22, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm
- June 5, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm
Register at: www.equalityhealth.com/bac19/
“COVID-19 has aimed a spotlight on long known health and economic disparities across Black America. We are unemployed, underemployed, and employed at poverty level wages, yet perform many of the essential jobs during this pandemic,” said Charlene Tarver, member of the Black Arizona COVID-19 Task Force, and President of the Women’s Economic Institute, Inc.
Tarver went on to note that this economic gap, along with persistent racism and discrimination, has continued to widen health inequalities across the Black community, which in turn drive alarming rates of infant and maternal mortality, breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.
She added, “Our community also faces unparalleled food insecurity which further exacerbates pre-existing chronic health conditions. We look forward to a proactive conversation about COVID-19 and to begin the process of healing our communities.”
Edmond Baker, MD and Medical Director with Equality also weighed in.
“We in the Black Community are rightfully concerned about our higher risk of experiencing the most severe effects of COVID-19. But with knowledge, action and commitment to keep each other safe, we can solve this inequity together. I invite everyone far and wide to attend this enlightening webinar series to begin our work,” Baker stated.
About Equality Health
Equality Health, LLC is a Phoenix-based whole-health delivery system focused on improving access, quality, and member trust. Through a value-based care technology and community resources platform, culturally competent provider network and population-specific care model, Equality Health helps managed care plans and health systems improve care for diverse populations while simultaneously making the transition to risk-based accountability. For more information about Equality Health, visit www.equalityhealth.com or follow @EqualityHealth on Facebook, @EqualityHealth on Twitter, and @EqualityHealth on LinkedIn.
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