Assessing the social determinants of the excess COVID-19 burden on racial/ethnic minorities
Presented by Phoenix Do, PhD
The disproportionate burden of the COVID-19 pandemic on racial/ethnic minority communities has revealed glaring inequities in the US social structure. Numerous commentaries on the factors possibly driving these disparities, including disproportionate exposure, pre-existing health conditions, and unequal access/quality to healthcare have been put forth. However, due to lack of data sources that contain information on race/ethnicity, social factors, and COVID-19, national-level multivariate empirical studies that investigate its determinants are still limited. In this talk, Dr. Do will discuss two of her completed studies and one on-going project that provide some pieces of the puzzle to the social determinants that might be driving the observed excess COVID-19 burden among racial/ethnic minorities.