Michigan vaccine

"We are committed to reducing African American health disparities. And despite our concerted efforts, I’m troubled by the big gap between vaccination rates for Black people and white people in Michigan, even if these differences by race and ethnicity are dissipating across the country overall." Dr. Debra Furr-Holden contributed to an article in The Conversation where she discussed using academic, government and community partnerships to close the racial disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations. 

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"We asked residents what they need, and we met their needs. The most important thing we did after that was we aggressively tackled the systems that by their very design have racism baked into them to try to undo some of those things." Dr. Debra Furr-Holden talks with Reverend Al Sharpton on Politics Nation about the importance of working in partnership with the community and how Flint closed the gap between Blacks and Whites suffering from Covid-19.

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Robey B Champine

Assistant Professor Robey B. Champine, PhD, MS, MPH co-authored an article published in Policy Insights from the Behaviorial and Brain Sciences. It discusses how vulnerabilities to COVID-19 and childhood trauma have deep roots in health inequities and that policy must prioritize health equity. 

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Dr. Debra Furr-Holden

A public health manifesto: Dr. Debra Furr-Holden is working with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. on national information dissemination and policy strategies to protect vulnerable populations. 

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Dr. Furr-Holden and Dr. Canady

Dr. Debra Furr-Holden, associate dean for Public Health Integration and Dr. Renée Branch Canady, Master of Public Health assistant professor, appointed to the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities. The task force will be working to address the way COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted communities of color throughout the stae of Michigan.

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Dr. Furr-Holden and Dr. Key

Community Foundation of Greater Flint convened its first Greater Flint Coronavirus Taskforce of Racial Disparities Monday, April 27. The task force was created with goals of supporting black and brown communities through the disproportionate consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. MSU's Division of Public Health faculty Dr. Debra Furr-Holden and Dr. Kent Key are serving on the local task force. Currently, Flint leads in the number of overall cases with a reported 593 Covid-19 cases out of the total 1,483 Covid-19 cases in the county.

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African Americans and Covid

African Americans are overrepresented among reported coronavirus cases and deaths. A multitude of factors may explain the disparity in COVID-19 outcomes, including higher rates of comorbidities and implicit bias. To address this, we must apply a health equity lens and disaggregate the data.

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Dr. Debra Furr-Holden, a member of Michigan’s Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, discusses health care inequalities as it relates to COVID-19.

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C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health Dr. Debra Furr-Holden sees opportunity in the disparities COVID-19 exposed to the wider public. She spoke to Newsday on the opportunity for innovation and transformation. "These problems predated COVID, but COVID has given us an opportunity to innovate and transform ourselves," she said. 

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Dr. Debra Furr-Holden and College of Nursing Dean Randy Rasch talks with WKAR. Both were appointed to the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities. The task force is acting in an advisory capacity to the governor and studies the causes of racial disparities in the impact of COVID-19. 

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Detroit

The disparities starkly revealed by COVID-19 are not new. “Health disparities are the status quo in America,” said public health advocate Dr. Debra Furr-Holden, associate dean for Public Health Integration at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. “African-American people have had disparate health since slave ships brought us to America.”

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Dr. Debra Furr-Holden

Dr. Debra Furr-Holden writes an op-ed on racial disparities in COVID-19. “Michigan was one of the first states to publicly report on racial disparities in COVID-19 cases and deaths. While just over 14 percent of the state’s population, African Americans represented 32 percent of COVID-19 cases and 41 percent of the reported COVID deaths, less than three months into the first identified cases in the U.S.

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