“Unfortunately, the health disparities that we see in kidney disease are mirrored in what we now see happening with COVID-19,” said LaVarne Burton, AKF president and CEO. “The impact of COVID-19 on minority populations and ESRD patients is not unexpected given the higher rates of hypertension and diabetes in our communities as well as heart disease and other multiple chronic conditions that make a person more vulnerable to COVID-19 complications, hospitalizations, and, sadly, even death.
U.S. Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA-44) discussed the social determinants of health that contribute to poor health outcomes in communities of color. Earlier this year, she introduced H.R. 6561, Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2020.
“We must examine the social, economic, and environmental factors that drive this inequality, such as poor housing conditions, food insecurity, fewer transportation options, and lack of educational opportunities,” Rep. Barragán said. “Scenarios like these are also some of the reasons why we see a lack of access to care, and are some of the reasons why we have health disparities between underserved communities and more affluent areas.”
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