The Color of COVID

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Welcome to the Color of COVID Series

A Community Conversation on Racial and Socio-Economic Disparities and COVID

The Color of COVID is a new event series intended to educate policymakers, organizations, community members, and other stakeholders on the racial disparity of COVID-19 burden and uncover the economic, social, and health inequities that have led to or perpetuate the disparity. This weekly Facebook Live series on Fridays features an informal conversation on racial equity community members’ experiences with COVID-19. These small, informal conversations allow speakers to go in-depth and audiences to learn different perspectives on a variety of subtopics (food access, housing, parenting, and more).

This is particularly important as we provide health services in communities that have experienced historical or modern-day discrimination, maltreatment, and exploitation from healthcare systems.

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Video Archive

The Impact of COVID-19 on Youth

Richmond Community High School Senior Melyoge Kale leads a discussion on the experiences of older teens and young adults during COVID-19: What challenges are they facing at home, in school, and in their communities? How can we be doing more to help? What keeps them moving and gives them hope? Recorded October 21, 2020.

Vaccines and Communities of Color

The Color of COVID series will explore the COVID-19 vaccine: why it is so important, why communities of color may be less likely to trust and receive the vaccine, and how public health can do a better job of partnering with communities to make sure our vaccination processes are just and equitable. Recorded October 12, 2020.

The Impact of COVID-19 in the LGBTQ+ Community

This week we discuss the impact of COVID-19 in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as the community's strength and resiliency. Featuring Rev. Lacette Cross (Black Pride RVA), Zakia McKensey (Nationz Foundation) and James Milner (Virginia Pride). Moderated by Mayor Levar Stoney. Recorded Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

The impact of COVID-19 in the Latinx Community

This week we discuss the impact of COVID-19 in the Latinx community. This presentation features Karla Ramos (Office of Multicultural Affairs), Anna Cerrato (Crossover Healthcare Ministry), Shanteny Jackson (RCHD) and Oscar Contreras (Radio Poder 1380). Recorded Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

The Impact of COVID-19 in communities of color

We discuss the disparate impact of COVID-19 and COVID-19-related events on communities of color. Featuring Mayor Stoney, Dr. Danny Avula of the Richmond City Health District, Delegate Delores McQuinn, Delegate Lamont Bagby, Dr. Robert Winn, director of VCU Massey Cancer Center, and Dr. Patricia Cook of the Daily Planet Health Services. Recorded Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

The Impact of COVID-19 on affordable housing

We discuss the impact on available affordable housing. Featuring Monica L. Jefferson (HOME), Candice Turner (Richmond City Health District) and Gwendolyn Harris (Resident of Creighton Court). Moderated by Mayor Levar Stoney. Recorded Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Education

This week we discuss the impact of COVID-19 on education and school reopening. Featuring Na-Keisha White (Virginia Preschool Initiative at Richmond Public Schools), Aissatou Barry (Richmond Community High School), Sherrell Thompson (Gilpin Court Resource Center and parent). Moderated by Jason Kamras (Richmond Public Schools). Recorded Tuesday, July 21, 2020.



'Colors of COVID Series’ continues with conversation focusing on Latinx cases

(WRIC) The City of Richmond along with the Richmond City Health District and VCU Health Hub will be hosting a virtual series focusing on coronavirus cases among the Latinx community...



Affordable housing residents fear eviction due to COVID-19

(WTVR) As the nation continues to battle the Coronavirus, thousands of Virginians are hoping they don't lose the roof over their heads in the middle of the pandemic, particularly those living in affordable housing...

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