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Kids Going Hungry: Nearly Four in 10 Black, Hispanic Families Struggling To Get Enough Food During Pandemic

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Food insecurity has surged over the last three months across all demographics, but has disproportionately impacted Black and Hispanic households with children. And other news stories on how racial and income disparities impact health care cover evictions and homelessness; period poverty; immigrant caregivers; child care challenges; and the potential for tech companies to try to close the gap.

New CDC Data Reinforces Evidence That Black, Latino Americans Disproportionately Hit By Pandemic

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The New York Times sued for access to the numbers that confirm drastic disparities in the impact of COVID-19 on African-American, Latino and Native American communities, while The Associated Press interviews doctors who say the inequalities and poor health outcomes are nothing new. Unemployment and mental health challenges based on race are also reported.

Pandemic Accelerated Problems Of Economic Disparities, Stretching Racial Wealth Gap

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The coronavirus pandemic “in some ways the extreme inequality was the preexisting condition,” said Chuck Collins, the co-author of an analysis of the disparities. News outlets also look at a variety of repercussions of the recent deaths of Black Americans in police custody and protests calling for a change in how police departments operate.

Coronavirus Infection Rates Among Latinos Far Outpace Rest Of The Nation

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Many Latino families were unable to shelter in place due to work requirements. Since Easter, the number of cases in Hispanic communities has skyrocketed. Meanwhile, Black doctors speak out on inequities entrenched in the health care system that have been laid bare by the pandemic. News outlets also explore how the protests against racial injustice are impacting activists and policymakers around the country.

Is There A Path Forward For A Police Reform Bill On Capitol Hill?

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the author of a Republican police reform bill that Senate Democrats blocked last week, says he will meet with House Democrats who drafted their own legislation. Meanwhile, Congressional Black Caucus members look to seize the national moment. And Democratic party members call for more progressive changes than those backed by their presumptive presidential nominee.

‘There’s A Huge Emotional Toll’: How Medical Workers Balance Their Families Alongside Front-Line Jobs

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“Whenever he’d see me, he’d try to grab onto me,” Bill Hucker, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, says of his 4.5-year-old son. “And every time the little guy fell down and I could hear him cry, I wanted to be there with him. Instead of being able to help out, everything was dumped on his mom.” In other health industry news: Medical residents start rotations in a new reality; the continuing challenges of PPE; and more.

‘The Death Threats Started Last Month’: Public Health Officials Targeted By Some Frustrated Americans

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The public health experts who have in many places become the face of the state or local response to the pandemic are becoming targets of public frustration to the point of receiving death threats. “They’re becoming villainized for their guidance. In normal times, they’re very trusted members of their community,” said Lori Tremmel Freeman, the chief executive of the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

Racism Baked Into Formulas, Algorithms Used To Help Doctors Make Medical Decisions

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The new findings cut across more medical specialties than any previous study of race and algorithm-driven patient care, and come at a tense moment when the medical field is examining just how deeply racism runs in the industry. In other news on racism and disparities: hospitalization rates for Black COVID-19 patients, the stress of being the mother to a Black child in America, investigations into possible hate crimes and more.