Disparities in Covid-19 Infection Rates and Mortality: Systems Factors

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Recorded On: 07/28/2020

Part of the Listening and Acting Webinar Series 

Original Broadcast Date: July 28, 2020


  • Moderator: Carisa Harris Adamson, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Director of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Graduate Training Program, University of California, Berkeley
  • Presenters: George Rutherford, III, MD, Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics; Director, Prevention and Public Health Group, University of California, San Francisco; Mark D. Smith, MD, MBA, Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.  Founding president and chief executive officer of the California HealthCare Foundation and served from 1996 through 2013; Enid Montague, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Computing and Digital Media, DePaul University and Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University‚Äôs Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL.

In the US there are disparities in race, age, sex and other demographic factors in Covid-19 infection and mortality rates. The webinar will begin with a review of relevant epidemiologic data, including an examination of systematic testing in local communities (e.g., the San Francisco Mission Study). This will be followed by a moderated discussion that considers societal and health care delivery systems that contribute to the observed disparities and how the disparities can be addressed through human factors methods?.  Questions from the audience will be submitted via the chat feature on zoom and addressed by the speakers. 

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