Georgetown Report Highlights Racial Disparities in Health in DC – Georgetown University The Hoya – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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A report published by the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies found that Black residents in Washington, D.C., on average live considerably shorter, less healthy lives than white residents because of systemic disparities in health care, education and wealth.

The report drew on both anecdotal interview data as well as survey and hospital data and found that Black residents are more vulnerable to a variety of diseases and underlying health conditions. The study was prepared from findings gathered before the COVID-19 pandemic, but it notes that Black residents account for 80% of deaths caused by the coronavirus in the District. The report concluded that the racial disparities in COVID-19 mortality rates can be attributed to a “legacy of inequality.”

KEENAN SAMWAY/THE HOYA | A study recently published by the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies highlighted deep racial disparities in health outcomes in the District.

The report, titled “Health Disparities in the Black Community: An Imperative


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