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How COVID-19 Preys On The Marginalized

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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Black and Latino Americans disproportionately hard, but the roots of the problem go much deeper than just access to healthcare. Ruqaiijah Yearby is executive director for the Center for Health Law Studies and executive director of the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity at St. Louis University. She joins guest host Courtney Collins to discuss how unemployment, lack of affordable housing and other factors lead to health inequities. Her paper “Health Justice Strategies to Combat the Pandemic: Eliminating Discrimination, Poverty, and Health Inequity During and After COVID-19” will be published in the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics. This conversation is part of KERA’s One Crisis Away series, “Coronavirus & Life On The Financial Edge?” series.