COVID-19 & Our Communities
I’m in my feelings right now. I worked in health care for twenty years, specifically in the community health center movement to serve under-served populations, namely African Americans living in food deserts, poor housing, and segregated communities. The health indices of the population demonstrated high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, diabetes, high infant mortality, and high maternal mortality. These community health centers came into being as a supposed “war on poverty” initiative to make health care more accessible, especially preventative health care. Here we are in 2020, there is a pandemic virus, COVID 19, and it’s killing African Americans at an alarming rate. Has anything changed? Our communities are still suffering from adverse conditions due to lifestyle and systematic exclusion from adequate health care interventions.
(exert from Rev. Stewart’s blog)
Rev. Paula Stewart
Clough UMC, Cincinnati, OH
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