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STATEMENT OF NEED

“When White America gets a cold, Black America catches pneumonia.” 

  • Long, established distrust for the public health system

  • Lack of healthcare access, proper education, diet, exercise and smoking cessation create preexisting conditions which supports the worst outcomes for COVID-19

  • Black Americans often work in jobs that involve crowded conditions or high contact with other people 

  • Unvalidated but equally harmful, are rampant conspiracy theories that are being propagated around COVID-19 

Since January 2020, COVID-19 has spread throughout the United States, and has devastated the Black community 

  • Black Americans represent 13.4% of the US population (or approximately 42M) 

  • Geographic areas with higher Black populations account for more than half of all COVID-19 cases, and almost 60% of deaths

1 AmfAR Study Shows Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Black Americans. AmfAR, AmfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, 5 May 2020, www.amfar.org/amfAR-Study-Shows-Disproportionate-Impact-of-COVID-19-on-Black-Americans/.

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Pressure to open the economy before adequate testing and contact tracing

  • The populations most vulnerable are now being put at a significantly higher risk

  • Vaccines will most likely be unavailable at the earliest until summer 2021

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STATEMENT OF NEED:

ADDRESSING THE PANDEMIC IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY

Prioritize COVID-19 testing, care and contact tracing to

our community’s most vulnerable 

"If we continue our current course, more than 200,000 Americans will die

and a large percentage in the Black community" — U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), March 2020