Using Data to Report and Act on Racial Bias—A Free Webinar
A free webinar on using data to address racial bias will be held on May 5th at 1 pm PT with speaker Common Ground Health President and CEO Wade Norwood, who will be presenting findings from its recent Color of Health Report: The Devastating Toll of Racism on Black Lives.
The report documents how racism, whether deliberate or unintentional, undermines physical and mental wellbeing, and how biased practices limit access to well-paying jobs, safe neighborhoods, nutritious food and health care. The report found that relative to white residents, African Americans are:
- 57% more likely to report poor or fair mental health;
- three times as likely to have an infant die in their first year of life;
- six times as likely to wind up in the emergency department due to asthma or admitted to the hospital for hypertension;
- 50% more likely to experience life-threatening complications related to childbirth; and
- 9 times as likely to test positive for coronavirus and 2.6 times as likely to die from it.
At a press conference announcing the report, Norwood said “If you are Black, whether you live on the financial edge or enjoy a six-figure salary, the fact that you are more likely to die earlier than your white counterparts tells us that what’s going on with regard to health cuts across class lines, and has everything to do with race and how race plays out in not only our community, but in our nation.”
The Reporting and Acting on Racial Bias webinar, sponsored by Civitas Networks for Health, will not only discuss how the report was created and key findings but how Common Ground Health is using data into facilitate action to address racial bias and improve the health of the communities they serve.