Opinion | How we’re working toward racial equity in distributing coronavirus vaccines in D.C. – The Washington Post – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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George A. Jones is chief executive of Bread for the City.

Across D.C., residents and leaders alike were quick to realize a simple truth about the coronavirus pandemic’s impact: Black communities were hit the hardest, especially in the number of related fatalities. A similar story can be found nationwide.

The reasons for this disparity have long been understood by communities that have suffered other negative outcomes because of the social determinants of health: Affordable housing is health care; access to stable work is health care; food is health care, in terms of both access and distribution. Inequitable access is rooted in systemic barriers that are in large part because of racism and the centuries-long economic, social and racial impacts of bonded slavery.

In my position as chief executive at Bread for the City, a direct-service nonprofit that provides food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social assistance to D.C. residents living on low incomes, I have seen regional and national crises come and go, but none with the sustained and deep impact of the current health crisis and resulting economic fallout. Working closely with the D.C. Departmen


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