Race, Health, & Covid-19: Lessons from New Orleans

Training Description

This one hour lecture gives an in depth look on how the Covid-19 Pandemic has affected African American communities. Dr. Thomas LaVeist, Dean who is the Presidential Chair in Health Equity, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine atTulane University explains the different ways that these communities are disproportionally affected across the nation and what the appropriate responses are. The lecture also discusses how New Orleans has responded to Covid-19 in terms of the African American community. 

Training Objectives

  • Address the difference in responses towards Covid-19 across the state level (Louisiana) vs. the federal level
  • Highlight the disproportional affect that Covid-19 has on the African American community
  • Address the reasons why and how African Americans are disproportionally affected


Dr. Thomas A. LaVeist's research and writing has focused on three broad thematic research questions: 1) What are the social and behavioral factors that predict the timing of various related health outcomes (e.g. access and utilization of health services, mortality, entrance into nursing home?); 2) What are the social and behavioral factors that explain race differences in health outcomes?; and 3) What has been the impact of social policy on the health and quality of life of African Americans? His work includes both qualitative and quantitative analysis. LaVeist seeks to develop an orienting framework in the development of policy and interventions to address race disparities in health-related outcomes. Specific areas of expertise include: U.S. health and social policy, the role of race in health research, social factors contributing to mortality, longevity and life expectancy, quantitative and demographic analysis and access, and utilization of health services. If you liked this video then check out more information on the Center on Race and Social Problems

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