Jul, 06, 2021

Differential Impacts of COVID-19: Understanding and Eliminating Minority Health Disparities in New York

The University at Albany published a new report that researches why communities of color in New York have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The research, carried out in partnership with the New York State Department of Health and other partners, adds to the existing well of knowledge about health disparities in New York by identifying the environmental, socioeconomic and occupational factors that explain why COVID-19 has disproportionately harmed Black and Hispanic New Yorkers and proposes practical intervention strategies to eliminate these disparities and save lives. Additionally, the work suggests important differences exist in the way different minority groups experience the progression of the disease. This project is an important initial step toward filling some of these gaps and identifying interventions that, by necessity, must be informed by and rooted in community experiences and insight.