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Keywords

COVID-19; coronavirus infections/ethnology; healthcare disparities; health status disparities; United States/epidemiology; pandemics; minority health

Disciplines

Medical Education | Public Health

Abstract

If a fair and just healthcare system is the goal, then the COVID-19 pandemic proves America still has a long way to go in its effort to achieve health equity for all. Inequalities in the healthcare landscape have been amassing for decades. Lack of access to quality care, underfunded public health programs, and the rising cost of treatment are just a few of the proposed origins of systemic inequity—all of which were apparent long before COVID’s arrival. Will observing these deep-seated issues under the lens of an ongoing pandemic shine a brighter light on these enduring disparities? More importantly, what can we, as healthcare providers, do to accelerate change?

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