Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, global director of ICAP, was quoted in a September 29 article in The City & State New York which discusses how Black and Latino people have died at much higher rates than white New Yorkers.
Underlying health conditions and higher rates of employment as essential workers have been reported as potential reasons for the disparity, but new evidence suggests that people of color waited longer to seek treatment due to distrust in the health care system because of prior discrimination.
Dr. El-Sadr spoke to the importance of building up trust among diverse communities as the governor’s task force begins to define the state’s efforts on vaccine distribution, saying:
“It would be critically important to include representatives from diverse communities in the (task force) whose collaboration and trust would be critical to get people to be willing to line up to get the vaccine. The work to get ready for a vaccine should start now or should have already started,” she said.