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Racial Disparity, Social Justice and the Opioid Crisis—“Health Equity and COVID-19: Racism, Not Race”

The School of Medicine and Siegal Lifelong Learning Program will host the fifth webinar in the Racial Disparity, Social Justice and the Opioid Crisis series Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EST. The theme of this webinar will be “Epidemics of Inequities: COVID-19 and the Opioid Crisis.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the impact of structural racism on communities of color and their barriers to health care. The trauma and isolation of COVID-19 have also resulted in a spike in opioid overdoses across the country, overdoses which are disproportionately affecting Black and Latinx communities. 

This discussion will focus on the intersection of three public health crises: racism, COVID-19 and the opioid epidemic.

Utibe Essien, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Core Investigator at the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion will present “Health Equity and COVID-19: Racism, Not Race.”

Monica Webb Hooper, deputy director of the National Institute of Health (NIH) National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities will present “COVID-19 Disparities Inspires a Re-Focus on Community Engaged Research and Social Determinants of Health.”

Miriam Komaromy, medical director at the Grayken Center for Addiction, Boston Medical Center and Professor in the Boston University Division of General Internal Medicine will present “Caring for COVID’s Most Vulnerable Victims: A Safety-net Hospital Responds.”

This webinar activity has been approved for CEUs and RCHs for social workers and chemical dependency counselors.

The Center for Health Affairs Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium will sponsor the webinar.

Register for the event.