Submission Title

032— Effects of racial inequity on COVID-19 outcomes for Black residents of Rochester, NY: Challenges and solutions

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Nykole Nevol, SUNY GeneseoFollow

Submission Type

Poster

Start Date

April 2021

Abstract

Rochester, NY is a city nestled in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Once a boom town, a center for industry and manufacturing, a destination for the Great Migration, and the location of one of the first race riots of the 1960’s, Rochester is a center of history. However, there are also deeply rooted patterns of segregation, redlining, and racism. The city has been known to be complacent regarding racial issues and continues to undermine the Black experience. The racist policies of the city have manifested as disparities in many aspects of Black people’s lives, especially regarding health. Chronic health issues can be contributed to issues of structural racism, wealth gaps, and concentrated poverty. The unequal access to proper healthcare, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic have stemmed from years of systematic oppression by federal and local governments as well as individuals in the city of Rochester. These healthcare inequities have been occurring for many years but have been exacerbated in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Black individuals in Rochester are much more susceptible to the effects of COVID-19. Issues of systemic racism need to be met with solutions, including widespread education, government involvement, and addressing legacies of racism and racial inequity.

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032— Effects of racial inequity on COVID-19 outcomes for Black residents of Rochester, NY: Challenges and solutions

Rochester, NY is a city nestled in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Once a boom town, a center for industry and manufacturing, a destination for the Great Migration, and the location of one of the first race riots of the 1960’s, Rochester is a center of history. However, there are also deeply rooted patterns of segregation, redlining, and racism. The city has been known to be complacent regarding racial issues and continues to undermine the Black experience. The racist policies of the city have manifested as disparities in many aspects of Black people’s lives, especially regarding health. Chronic health issues can be contributed to issues of structural racism, wealth gaps, and concentrated poverty. The unequal access to proper healthcare, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic have stemmed from years of systematic oppression by federal and local governments as well as individuals in the city of Rochester. These healthcare inequities have been occurring for many years but have been exacerbated in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Black individuals in Rochester are much more susceptible to the effects of COVID-19. Issues of systemic racism need to be met with solutions, including widespread education, government involvement, and addressing legacies of racism and racial inequity.