Op-Ed: We must link innovation to equity, and make medical research more inclusive.
COVID-19 has put the American health care system’s deeply entrenched inequities into high relief. The social, economic, and political structures that predated the pandemic’s public health crisis and resulting recession have meant that Black and Latino people are more likely than white people to be exposed to, hospitalized for, and die from COVID-19. But Black and Latino people also died at higher rates than whites from NON-COVID-19 causes in 2020, underscoring the harm of delays in medical care.
Simply put, inequity kills.
Many factors contribute to health disparities. A systemic, multifaceted, and trustworthy approach to closing them should not overlook the potential of new medical innovations in the fight to end health disparities for patients of color. Lives and livelihoods depend on it.