Director, Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, University of California, Los Angeles
David E. Hayes-Bautista, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. He also serves as the Faculty Director of the Latino Leadership Institute of the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. Dr. Hayes-Bautista graduated from U.C. Berkeley, and completed his doctoral work in Basic Sciences at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. His research into Latino health and culture, including the Latino Epidemiological Paradox and Latinos’ historical presence in the U.S., has led him to study the links between culture, behavior, and health, as detailed in his books, including El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition (University of California Press, 2012) and La Nueva California: Latinos from Pioneers to Post Millennials (University of California Press, 2017). Dr. Hayes-Bautista writes columns for the Los Angeles Times and La Opinión, and is often asked to provide opinions on radio and television in both Spanish and English. https://www.uclahealth.org/ceslac/
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SARS-CoV-2 is blind to race, but the legacy of systemic racism in the U.S. has caused the virus to hit some racial and ethnic groups far harder than others. In July, a UCLA study reported that "Latinos and Blacks in both Los Angeles County and NYC are twice as likely to die of COVID-19 as non-Hispanic whites. Native Hawai’ians or other Pacific Islanders are nearly seven times at risk for becoming infected in Los Angeles, and have nearly five times the death rate of whites." By June, Native residents of New Mexico accounted for about 60% of coronavirus deaths, though they make up less than 9% of the population.
The disproportionate impacts of this pandemic on Black, Latino, and Native Americans, as well as other people of color, throw into sharp relief longstanding racial inequities in American health care, educational and economic opportunity, and political representation. Coronavirus has added urgency to reforms that redress the cumulative effects of systemic racism in how medicine and science are practiced.
In this session, public health experts from each of these communities will use the focusing lens of the pandemic and new results from their own research to highlight the solvable problems that contribute most to these health disparities. They will help us understand how science writers can avoid racial and ethnic framing and tropes that reinforce discriminatory systems. And they will point us to underreported successes in which communities of color have themselves taken innovative steps to combat coronavirus that could serve as a model for the nation.
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