New Report Shows Disproportionate COVID-19 Impact

May 16, 2020

A new report collaboratively authored by several local health entities and Institute for Public Health Faculty Scholars and released by the American Hospital Association shows a disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on Black and African American individuals in the St. Louis Region.

As stated in the introduction, the research brief “aims to quantify COVID-19-related health disparities in the St. Louis region using ZIP code-level data on confirmed cases and demographic composition.
Mirroring racialized COVID-19 trends in other metropolitan areas, the report focuses on observed, yet unexplained, disparities in the prevalence of confirmed cases among predominantly Black and African American communities in the St. Louis region.”

Among other WUSTL faculty, the report includes research and analysis from Institute from Public Health Faculty Scholars including:

Karen Joynt Maddox, M.D., MPH
Assistant Professor, Washington University School of Medicine
Co-Director, Center for Health Economics and Policy

Timothy McBride, PhD
Bernard Becker Professor, Washington University
Co-Director of the Center for Health Economics and Policy

Jason Purnell, Ph.D., MPH
Associate Professor, Washington University Brown School

The report also offers “recommendations for future research and action steps that enable prevention, mitigation and healing.”