How Does COVID Impact My Community?
COVID-19 has deeply impacted everyone’s lives, but it’s hit some communities incredibly hard.
You’ve likely seen it reported on the news. Minority, immigrant, and low socioeconomic communities experience a disproportionate amount of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from the disease (1, 2, 3). Gender and sexually diverse populations and individuals with disabilities are also profoundly impacted (4, 5). For these communities, long-standing social issues that are challenging in normal times have only been amplified by this health crisis (6). COVID-19 has led to greater unemployment, loss of wages and insurance, reduced access to medical care, food insecurity, and greater social stigma (7, 8, 9, 10).
Why is the impact of COVID-19 greater for certain populations?
People of color and low-income populations are overrepresented in essential work industries (8,11,12).
LOWER ACCESS TO PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) IN ESSENTIAL WORKERS
Most essential workers do not feel safe at work (60%), are unable to practice social distancing (71%), and experience increased stress (86%).13 Low wage workers are the most likely to report inadequate employer safety practices in regards to COVID safety training, face masks, hand sanitizer, and access to handwashing (13).
People of color and low-income populations are substantially more likely to live in crowded housing and multigenerational home (14, 15, 16, 17). The current housing crisis is only going to exacerbate this issue.
PRE-EXISTING HEALTH CONDITIONS
People of color and low-income populations experience a higher burden of preventable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cirrhosis, and certain types of cancer, which are risk factors for COVID-19 (8, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23).
LOWER ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE & HEALTH INSURANCE
People of color and low-income populations have lower access to health care, which is exacerbated by lack of medical insurance or being underinsured (7, 10, 25).
LOWER ACCESS TO PAID SICK LEAVE
Black, Indigenous, and Latinx people, immigrants, low wage earners, part-time workers, and Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual individuals have low access to paid sick leave and medical leave (25, 26).
HIGHER RELIANCE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
People of color and low-income populations are more likely to rely on public transportation (27).
LOWER HEALTH LITERACY
People of color, immigrants, non-English speakers, and individuals with low socioeconomic status tend to have lower health literacy (28).
There’s an urgent need to reduce the physical and social consequences of COVID for these communities. As a nation, we strive to promote health equity for all (29). Health equity is rooted in the idea that everyone deserves the opportunity to reach optimal health (6). Health inequities are unnecessary, avoidable, and unfair, (30) but they don’t have to remain this way.
We need your help so we can protect those who have been hit the hardest in Nevada. Help achieve health equity for all with OneCommunity.
We recognize that it can be challenging to keep up with the amount of information about COVID-19 or identify simple, reliable messages that will resonate with your communities.
In this toolkit, you will find shareable posts and graphics for social media, public service announcements, flyers, and other materials related to COVID-19.
Sharing reliable and accurate public health messages during the COVID-19 pandemic is essential, and we are counting on you to help us spread this messaging. Please help us by sharing our Community Toolkit with your stakeholders through your social media channels.