MJH COVID-19 Coalition webinar to focus on race

January 5, 2021
Keith A. Reynolds

The webinar will look at the structural inequities that has led to disproportionate impacts of the virus among racial and ethnic minority groups.

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic’s impact on racial and ethnic minorities will be the focus of the next free MJH COVID-19 Coalition webinar.

According to data from APM Research Lab released in December 2020, 1 in 1,625 White Americans has died from COVID-19 compared with 1 in 1,275 Latino Americans, 1 in 925 Indigenous Americans, and 1 in 875 Black Americans. This is the result of a combination of discrimination and social factors that create racially inequitable impacts.

The MJH COVID-19 Coalition’s webinar Color and COVID-19: The Virus’ Disproportionate Impact will look at how the healthcare system can solve these problems at 6 p.m. eastern time on Jan. 12.

Click here to register.

Speakers at the webinar will be:

  • Moderator and Coalition Member Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH – Essien is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a general internist and health equity researcher in the Center for Research on Health Care. His research focuses on racial and ethnic disparities in the use of novel therapeutics in the management of chronic diseases including atrial fibrillation. He has recently applied this research framework to the COVID-19 pandemic, rapidly becoming a national expert in the health disparities that are disproportionately affecting minority communities with COVID-19.
  • Panelist Nwamaka Eneanya, MD, MPH, FAFSN - Eneanya is currently an attending nephrologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Director of Health Equity, Anti-Racism and Community Engagement in the Nephrology Division. Dr. Eneanya completed her nephrology training at the combined Nephrology Fellowship Program at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Brigham and Women’s Hospital and residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University, medical degree from Meharry Medical College, and master’s degree in public health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
  • Panelist Ebony Jade Hilton, MD –
    Now as a practicing physician and associate professor at the University of Virginia - Charlottesville, Hilton continues to drive change in marginalized populations. As medical director of GOODSTOCK Consulting, LLC she works with companies to address local social issues that affect community health, such as education, transportation, food insecurity and housing. She is also a sought-after speaker on subjects related to health disparity and other issues plaguing at-risk communities.
  • Panelist Taison Bell, MD - Bell is an assistant professor of medicine in the divisions of Infectious Disease and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at the University of Virginia. He is also Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit and Director of the UVA Summer Medical Leadership Program—a medical school preparatory program for under-represented and disadvantaged students. Dr. Bell joined the faculty in 2017 after completing a critical care fellowship at the National Institutes of Health.