Dallas, Texas- UOSSM USA is alarmed by the rate of death in black communities from the COVID-19 pandemic. During COVID-19 the world witnessed firsthand the effect of disparities in the US, with deaths of people of color at almost three times the rate of white people. According to an article on CNN.com, “Black Americans represent 13.4% of the American population according to the US Census Bureau, but counties with higher black populations account for more than half of all Covid-19 deaths, the study found. Disparities, including access to health care, are likely to blame.“
Racial health disparities exist in the US and must be addressed. In an article by The Guardian , “Black Americans Dying of COVID-19 at Three Times the Rate of White People,” more than 20,000 African Americans- about one in 2,000 of the entire black population in the US- have died from the disease. Racial disparities are affecting the lives of African Americans in all aspects of society; ultimately affecting the public health of underserved communities. With the knowledge that COVID-19 disproportionately affects black and Hispanic communities, UOSSM USA asks health care agencies to help resolve the health inequities in these communities.
Dr. Khaula Sawah, Vice President of UOSSM USA said, “We are deeply concerned about the existing racial inequality in our community that is claiming the lives of many affected people. It is disappointing to see the incredible health disparity and suffering of minorities in what is the richest country in the world. The US medical system must do better and take immediate steps to resolve the inequities. UOSSM USA’s board of directors and support members will do their part and continue addressing racial health disparity by providing medical care to marginalized and underserved communities.”