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Across Texas and the nation, the novel coronavirus is deadlier for people of color

Texas’ southernmost county, Cameron, is home to just 1.5% of the state’s population, but it accounts for nearly 5% of its known COVID-19 fatalities.

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HBCU President: 'I Slept Better' After Deciding On All Online Classes In The Fall

Colette Pierce Burnette is the president of Huston-Tillotson University, a small, private HBCU in Austin, Texas. She recently announced that the school's 1,100 students will not be returning in the fall, but that all classes will be online. 

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Speakers call for changes to Texas sex ed curriculum

The vast majority of speakers addressing the Texas State Board of Education on Monday lobbied for comprehensive sex education and urged members to include information about contraception, consent, sexual orientation and gender identity in the state’s curriculum.

More than 260 signed up to address the board in a marathon virtual public hearing as the board reviews the state’s curriculum standards, which includes changes to its sex education teaching program.

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‘Long overdue’: lawmakers declare racism a public health emergency

Long before a white police officer killed George Floyd and sparked nationwide outrage, long before Covid-19 began killing Black people at twice the rate of their white counterparts, doctors and health experts were raising alarms that systematic racism is itself a pervasive, deadly pandemic – one that kills both instantaneously and insidiously, burdens Black and Brown Americans with generational trauma, contributes to higher rates of infant mortality and heart disease, and even speeds up the ageing process.

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Bastrop County coronavirus cases climb 31% in a week

Bastrop County’s local health authority said it’s not yet known if the coronavirus has peaked in the rural county of about 85,000 residents as the number of positive cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus, continues climbing.

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The Health 202: Black patients are less likely to face discrimination from black doctors

Black Americans are more likely to get better medical care from black doctors and nurses, research shows.

But hospitals and physician offices trying to intentionally pair the two can face tricky legal questions.

As the nation focuses on disparities in the treatment of black Americans, some activists and politicians are calling for actions to specifically designed to help African Americans get health coverage and receive better-quality medical care — two areas in which they’ve traditionally lagged behind white patients.

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To amplify Black voices in medicine, non-Black doctors hand over their Twitter accounts

 Voices of Black women in the field of medicine are reaching a broader audience Monday, as non-Black doctors handed over their Twitter accounts to Black female colleagues.

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‘I Am Tired’: What Black Doctors Need You To Know Right Now

The experience of frontline healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic has been and remains headline news. We know what the experience is like without personal protective equipment, to be infected with Covid-19, and the potential risk for serious mental health outcomes. What we don’t know is how this is disproportionately affecting black doctors. Black doctors who have seen more patients who look like them be infected and die from coronavirus. Black doctors who go to work and can feel isolated and alone in their lived experiences, as they make up only 5% of the physician workforce. And, black doctors who once again witnessed the brutal murder of a black man, George Floyd, on camera by a police officer.

 

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Health experts warn racism causes emotional and mental harm and urge medical institutions to address it

Racism is a health problem "that takes a toll on people of color and contributes to the development of other chronic diseases," according to doctors studying health inequities.

Structural racism causes emotional and mental harm, said Dr. Aletha Maybank during a panel discussion Thursday sponsored by the American Medical Association. Maybank is the association's chief health equity officer and vice president.
"Sustained exposure to racism in all of its forms increases our stress hormones, such as cortisol which causes havoc on our physical bodies and, while we know no race is a construct, a social construct, and has no biological and genetic basis, racism can actually literally change the patterns of how genes are expressed," Maybank said.
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Van Jones: Black businesses can still get government help. But they need to act fast

As the pandemic undermines the health and wealth of people of color, the United States is running out of time to save minority-owned businesses. But there is still hope — if black and brown entrepreneurs act quickly this week.

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Opinion: Why we need race and ethnicity data in the COVID-19 fight

It might be the case that the coronavirus does not discriminate, but people and health systems still do.

The lack of public data available about the racial and ethnic dimensions of the coronavirus pandemic means we cannot know the true impact this disease is having on our communities. This gap in our understanding blunts the effectiveness of our mitigation efforts and undermines our resilience in the face of this crisis over the long run. The collection and reporting of this data should be a top priority at all levels of government, including Texas.

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Nicholas Johnson Becomes First Black Valedictorian in Princeton's 274-Year History

Nicholas Johnson, who is an operations research and financial engineering concentrator from Montreal has been named valedictorian of Princeton’s Class of 2020. Princeton University plans to hold a virtual commencement for the Class of 2020 on Sunday, May 31, 2020. An in-person ceremony will be held in May 2021.

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With people of color at risk for COVID-19 complications, Austinites call for data, action

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As numbers from around the country continue to demonstrate the ways communities of color are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, health experts, public officials and organizers in Austin are calling for more data on the ways the novel coronavirus is affecting people of different races and social conditions.

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National Urban League president on coronavirus disparities: Leaders need to fix systemic inequities

“Leaders have to rise and these systemic, economic and health inequities need to be dealt with. What we don't want to do is just do a paper-over fix with repect to responses by the federal government,” National Urban League President Marc Morial says about addressing the disparity of coronavirus cases.

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 Impacts of coronavirus on Texans of color clouded by incomplete data

The emerging national picture shows black Americans disproportionately getting sick and dying from COVID-19. The same trend may be playing out in Texas' black and Hispanic communities, but sparse data has been collected.

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National Urban League president on coronavirus disparities: Leaders need to fix systemic inequities

“Leaders have to rise and these systemic, economic and health inequities need to be dealt with. What we don't want to do is just do a paper-over fix with respect to responses by the federal government,” National Urban League President Marc Morial says about addressing the disparity of coronavirus cases.

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With people of color at risk for COVID-19 complications, Austinites call for data, action

As numbers from around the country continue to demonstrate the ways communities of color are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, health experts, public officials and organizers in Austin are calling for more data on the ways the novel coronavirus is affecting people of different races and social conditions.

As of Tuesday evening, Travis County had 900 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those, 10% identified their race as Black, 76% identified their race as White, 29% identified their ethnicity as Non-Hispanic, 39% identified their ethnicity as Hispanic. Those numbers track fairly closely to the 2018 Census estimates for Travis County, 8.9% Black, 79.9% White, 48.8% Non-Hispanic, and 33.9% Hispanic.

 

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Powerful Photo Shows Black Medical Students Standing on Former Slave Plantation in White Coats 

"A group of students from Tulane University’s School of Medicine is gaining attention after they gathered together at a former slave plantation in Louisiana to pose for a photo they say powerfully illustrates their “ancestral resiliency.”

The emotional impact of the photo is undeniable as the students, who are all part of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at Tulane, stand stoically in front of the former slave quarters at Whitney Plantation in Edgard while wearing their white coats — an idea that came to fruition thanks to the suggestion of Dr. Russell Ledet."

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Stanford Surgical Resident Auriel August Discusses The Critical Need For More Diversity in Medicine

Stanford general surgery resident Auriel August decided to become a surgeon at eight years old. Yet growing up, she couldn’t find a popular black female surgeon to look up to. It’s why two years ago she started the Twitter account, @blackgrlsurgeon, so she could be out in the open for anyone in search of a role model.

“I want to be a visible face in academic surgery,” she says, “So young Black girls have someone to look up to and say, ‘I can be like this.’”

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CAR MECHANIC CHANGES GEARS AFTER OVER 25 YEARS IN BUSINESS, BECOMES DOCTOR AT AGE 47

It’s never too late to live the life of your dreams. Carl Allamby’s recent shift as an expert car mechanic to an emergency medicine doctor at the age of 47, is proof.

In 2006, after running a successful car repair business for decades, Allamby decided to take night classes in pursuit of a business degree that would help him expand his operations. However, a required biology class ended up changing the entire trajectory of his life.

A fateful encounter with a teacher, Dr. Micah Watts, who was also a resident in interventional radiology at the Cleveland Clinic, provided Allamby with the visual inspiration he needed to shift gears.

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People Like Us: How Our Identities Shape Health And Educational Success

 

"Will black men take more preventative care services if they are randomly assigned to a black doctor?

They recruited men from barbershops and flea markets around Oakland. About 600 agreed to go to a clinic for a checkup.

The study found that black men assigned to a black doctor did accept more preventative services. And not by a little — by a lot."

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Inspiring Choices: Mentorship Can Boost African-American Representation in Medicine

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"In many cases, black and Hispanic students come from homes with no college graduates and attend public schools with few resources, Dr. Okorodudu says. Many of these students also live in poverty and frequently run up against long-standing prejudices.

Such obstacles contribute to a lack of role models and mentors in medicine, as well as other fields related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), he says."

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