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Policies must address COVID-19 impact on minoritized communities

The need for the nation to move forward on improving health equity is demonstrated by the dramatically disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on racial and ethnic minoritized communities, the AMA told Congress.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed starkly the disproportionate impact of the virus on communities of color,” the AMA told the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee. “The causes of the disproportionate impact are rooted in this country’s historical and structural racism and the social, economic, and health inequities that have resulted, and continue to result in, adverse health outcomes.”

The AMA submitted a statement for the record to the committee in connection with the panel’s recent hearing, “The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color,” which—according to committee Chair Rep. Richard Neal, D Mass.—was the first official virtual committee hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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