When we think of disasters and disease outbreaks, there is a perception that these events are the great “equalizers”—striking at random and affecting affluent and marginalized communities alike. Nothing could be further from the truth, with the pandemic being the latest in a long line of evidence to the contrary.
As we have seen, poorer communities and communities of color are disproportionately affected by disasters and disease outbreaks. That’s due to the fact that when the systems that society has set up to ensure that people are safe and healthy are either non-existent or not strong enough, disasters will cause disproportionate harm to these communities.
The role of Healthcare Ready is to mitigate this preventable harm to our most vulnerable communities by building resilience and strengthening knowledge and empowerment where it is most needed. A large part of that work is empowering communities with information—combating myths and misinformation by providing the resources residents need to make informed, positive decisions about their health and well-being—particularly during this pandemic.
This page provides those resources, and also provides important data to give context around how communities around the country are faring during the pandemic.
Over the past decade, disaster preparedness efforts have focused heavily on improving the preparedness of individual households over communities and networks.
It has been roughly one year since the United States declared a national emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our efforts to social distance, wear masks, and stay home whenever possible have contained the virus as best we can. However, these efforts only go so far to stop it.
This infographic shows a few likely causes of the disparate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black and Latinx communities. Black and Latinx people are testing positive and dying at higher rates from coronavirus. This pandemic is made worse by existing health and socioeconomic inequities, and in turn, it is worsening those disparities in Black and Latinx communities.