COVID-19 Emergence and Social and Health Determinants in Colorado: A Rapid Spatial Analysis
Authors: Ramírez, I.; Lee, J.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Vol. 17, Issue 3856, p3856.
The aim of this rapid analysis was to investigate the
spatial patterns of COVID-19 emergence across counties in Colorado. In the U.S.
West, Colorado has the second highest number of cases and deaths, second only
to California. Colorado is also reporting, like other states, that communities
of color and low-income persons are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
Preliminary results demonstrate that COVID-19 incidence intensified in mountain
communities west of Denver and along the Urban Front Range and evolved into new
centers of risk in eastern Colorado. Furthermore, a spatial overlap of high
rates of chronic diseases with high rates of COVID-19 may suggest a broader
syndemic health burden, where comorbidities intersect with inequality of social
determinants of health.
Disproportionate Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Immigrant Communities in the United States
Authors: Clark, E.; Fredricks, K.; Woc-Colburn, L.; Bottazzi, M.; Weatherhead, J.
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. July 2020, Vol. 14, Issue 7, p1-9.
In early 2020, a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) began to
trickle through global communities, resulting in a pandemic of proportions not
seen since 1918. In the US, while the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19,
initially affected international travelers and their close contacts, it is now
ravaging many disadvantaged communities. As in past pandemics, social and
economic determinants will strongly influence susceptibility to and health
outcomes of COVID-19; thus, it is predictable that low-income and vulnerable US
populations will be disproportionately affected.
Reaching the Hispanic Community About COVID-19 Through Existing Chronic Disease Prevention Programs
Authors: Calo, W.; Murray, A.; Francis, E.; Bermudez, M.; Kraschnewski, J.
Preventing Chronic Disease. June 2020, Vol. 17, p1-7.
Publicly available data on racial and ethnic disparities
related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are now surfacing, and these
data suggest that the novel virus has disproportionately sickened Hispanic
communities in the United States. Researchers discuss why Hispanic communities
are highly vulnerable to COVID-19 and how adaptations were made to existing
infrastructure for Penn State Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare
Outcomes) and Better Together REACH (a community-academic coalition using grant
funds from Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) to address these
needs. We also describe programming to support COVID-19 efforts for Hispanic
communities by using chronic disease prevention programs and opportunities for
replication across the country.