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Health Equity In The Wake Of COVID

Clockwise from top left: Kica Matos, Dr. Setu Vora, Rev. Robyn Anderson, Steven Hernández
Clockwise from top left: Kica Matos, Dr. Setu Vora, Rev. Robyn Anderson, Steven Hernández

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted a fundamental fact: disparities in health outcomes by race and ethnicity exist across the country and the state, and COVID-19 has taken an unequal toll on Black people, Latinos, and Native Americans.

Nationwide, Black Americans are nearly twice as likely to have died during the pandemic than their white counterparts. In Connecticut, Black people make up 10% of the population, and 14% of COVID deaths. While we all may feel like we’re moving away from the danger of the pandemic here in Connecticut — community and healthcare officials are trying to take the lessons from this past year into the future.

This hour on Disrupted, we listen to a conversation featured last month as part of Connecticut Public’s CUTLINE: Health Equity in the Wake of COVID.


Disrupted is produced by James Szkobel-Wolff, Zshekinah Collier, and Catie Talarski. Our interns are Kelly Langevin and Maisy Carvalho.

James Szkobel-Wolff is a producer for the Connecticut Public Radio’s weekly show 'Disrupted,' hosted by Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean.
Zshekinah Collier is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio’s weekly show 'Disrupted.' Previously she was a Radio Production & Storytelling Intern and contributed to 'Audacious,' 'The Colin McEnroe Show,' 'Seasoned,' and 'Where We Live.'
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an award-winning scholar at Quinnipiac University, author, and host of 'Disrupted' on Connecticut Public.