OU researchers discover relationship between COVID-19 deaths and minority populations – The Post – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Ohio University researchers recently published a study demonstrating the comparisons between racial and ethnic disparities and COVID-19 deaths.

In her study, Berkeley Franz, an associate professor of community-based health in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, or HCOM, wanted to evaluate which social factors underlie health disparities concerning COVID-19. Franz focused on the effects of systemic racism and how residential segregation contributed to an increase in COVID-19 deaths. 

Ohio leads “the country in terms of the worst health disparities and infant mortality,” said Franz. She also mentioned Ohio ranks roughly in the bottom two of all states in the nation.

The study found a considerable difference in death rates among Black and white residents. For every 100,000 Black individuals with COVID-19, 102.1 d


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