Racial, Ethnic, and Geographic Disparities in Novel Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2) Test Positivity in North Carolina
By Nicholas A TurnerWilliam PanViviana S Martinez-BianchiGabriela M Maradiaga PanayottiArrianna M PlaneyChristopher W WoodsPaul M Lantos

Open Forum Infectious Diseases, January 2021

Emerging evidence suggests that black and Hispanic communities in the United States are disproportionately affected by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). A complex interplay of socioeconomic and healthcare disparities likely contribute to disproportionate COVID-19 risk.


In the Path of the Storm: North Carolina’s Response to COVID-19’s Impact on Historically Marginalized Populations
By Michelle Laws and Viviana Martinez-Bianchi

North Carolina Medical Journal,  July 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic did not create health disparities among African American, Latinx, and American Indian populations, but it illuminated ways that systemic and long-term structural inequities create cumulative disadvantages for historically marginalized populations. This article highlights strategies implemented by the Historically Marginalized Populations Workgroup of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to mitigate COVID-19’s impact.


Health and Wellness for Our Latina Community: The Work of the Latinx Advocacy Team & Interdisciplinary Network for COVID-19


North Carolina Medical Journal,  July 2021

LATIN-19 members describe their work and successes during the pandemic, along with plans to extend their mission beyond COVID-19 to address other health inequities among the Latinx community.



Mobile Health Clinics to Mitigate COVID-19 Systemic Barriers
By Nikhil Chaudhry, Bass student and intern at the Duke-Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy

Duke Global Health Institute, September 30, 2021

Chaudhry’s essay won first place in the policy opinion and analysis category of the Student Collaborative on Health Policy summer writing competition. He offers ideas for closing the gap in access to COVID-19 testing and vaccinations for Black and Latinx communities


Bridging The Health Equity Gap: Strategies To Create An Equitable Health System For Latinx Communities

By Andrea Thoumi, Keren Hendel, Sebastian Gutierrez, Nikhil Chaudhry, and Viviana Martinez-Bianchi.

Health Affairs, November 2021

The experiences of the LATIN-19 coalition provide three key lessons to embed health equity principles in health policy: Elevate community voices, strengthen meaningful community partnerships, and create care delivery models that reach people where they are. 


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