African Americans account for 14% of the population in Michigan, but 41% of the COVID-19 deaths. Statistics on the rates of African Americans suffering from the coronavirus compared to other communities are proof of the effects of on-going systemic racism and inequality in healthcare.
“This virus has affected the African American community three times more than any other community in the state. Period.” Eric Doeh, Deputy CEO/COO of Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Networks knows the numbers, and knows the pain on a personal level of how the coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the African American community.
The African American community has long suffered from racism and its impact on social, economic, physical, and mental wellbeing. But, as current events highlight, the soul of this community remains strong even in the face of pandemic. “Our resiliency will prove our worth.” Mr. Doeh shares the distressing message of how a traumatic history and present-day racism has led to more African Americans dying from COVID-19 than any other community. However, he also shares an inspiring message about how the community remains tenacious.
2020 has been a tremendously tough year on many of us. The Africa American community is affected physically, economically, emotionally, and mentally. This episode’s message for all who need to hear it is to stay strong and stay connected. “Don’t give up because you have so many people who are counting on you.” Mr. Doeh offers hope, support and honest insight into the racism that’s aiding the destructive impact of COVID-19 on African Americans.