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Confronting COVID-19 Disparities: Part 2, Policies and Practices

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM ET



During the second in the three-part miniseries on confronting COVID-19 disparities, we expanded on the creation of policies and practices that result in more equitable outcomes.

Discriminatory policy and practice guidelines may exacerbate existing inequities in vulnerable and historically disadvantaged populations — including older patients, people with disabilities, and those with comorbidities — who are disproportionately people of color. They also may invoke moral injury in health care providers.

Thea James, MD, explored practical actions essential hospital Boston Medical Center took to target COVID-19 disparities. Cathy Costanzo, JD, executive director of The Center for Public Representation, broke down concerns with existing crisis standards of care and examine the steps Massachusetts took to create more equitable COVID-19 treatment guidelines.

The third and final webinar in the miniseries will examine how overall equity strategies affect disparities.


Cathy Costanzo, JD
Executive Director
Center for Public Representation

Thea James, MD
Vice President of Mission and Associate Chief Medical Officer
Boston Medical Center

Brian Roberson
Manager of Data Analytics
America’s Essential Hospitals

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