Document Type


Publication Date

Summer 7-23-2021


Health disparities continue to persist in the United States despite the work clinicians and professionals have undertaken to close the gaps. Nowhere in the recent past have these disparities been more evident than during the US response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The differential outcome of patients was stark within marginalized communities accounting for greater burden due to the health risks that were already incurred. Additionally, data provided from the health care system’s front lines were incomplete resulting in slower and less robust interventions than what were needed. This paper seeks to outline first steps that can be taken to ensure statistical collections and analysis guide policy that respond to health crises and disasters in the future. The steps include support for the presentation of data in all categories outlined by the Office of Management and Budget, and for the data use update definitions of the race and ethnic groupings that are used.

Academic Level

medical student



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