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Medicine Grand Rounds - Structural Inequity, Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Infectious Diseases: Are There Sustainable Solutions?

Dr. Ojikutu reviews COVID-19 and HIV data from several sources that all point out the disparate rates of cases, hospitalizations and deaths between White, Black and Latin populations. She discusses systemic inequities and social determinants of health that contribute to higher rates of death from COVID-19, including lack of health insurance, crowded living conditions and employment in an essential worker role. Dr. Ojikutu suggests collecting better and more refined epidemiologic data on infectious diseases, and investment in community based institutions and leaders to reduce mistrust of the health care system and increase patient engagement.

Activity Details

Start Date:  August 7, 2020
End Date:  August 7, 2023

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Learning Outcome

Participants will be able to discuss available data and root causes of racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 and infectious diseases in the US, including HIV, and explore sustainable solutions from the perspective of clinical providers and public health practitioners.

  • Bisola Ojikutu, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor of Medicine and of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
    Divisions of Global Health Equity and Infectious Disease, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    Division of Infectious Disease, Massachusetts General Hospital

    About our presenter: 
    Bisola Ojikutu, MD, MPH graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, completed her residency in Primary Care/Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She received her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health and was a Commonwealth Fund/Mongan Fellow in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University.

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* Richard I. Rothstein, MD ~ has research support from Baranova (research grant to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center) and is on the Scientific Advisory Board for Allurion.

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Bibliographic References
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