Systemic racism is a public health issue. Community health workers are proven to help.

But the pandemic is revealing this crisis so starkly, with COVID-19 cases striking minorities disproportionately around the nation, public health experts hope the problem will at last be addressed, and not explained away as the result of poverty or poor choices. Locally, the smallest difference has been observed in Philadelphia, which has seen 45 cases per 10,000 Black residents, compared with 31 cases per 10,000 white residents. In other counties, the difference is larger. For instance, Delaware County has experienced 131 cases per 10,000 Black residents compared with 58 cases per 10,000 white residents.

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