As virus takes its toll, black leaders in St. Louis seek more equitable health measures

[Source: STLtoday.com] ST. LOUIS — Public health advocates say greater racial equity, access to health care and tighter relationships between St. Louis-area leaders and safety net services are among the critical measures needed to prevent African Americans from being disproportionately affected by health threats like COVID-19. The global coronavirus outbreak is casting a stark light […]

Donnybrook STL, April 23, 2020 – News source is Nine Network

[Source: ninenet.org] Watch this episode of Donnybrook centering around the current state of the COVID-19 outbreak. Charlie Brennan debates via Zoom with Bill McClellan, Wendy Wiese, Alvin Reid and Ray Hartmann. In the second half-hour, the panel is joined by Dr. Jason Purnell, Director of Health Equity Works at Washington University and leader of the […]

COVID-19 and ‘structural racism’ Blacks being infected at much higher rates, getting far sicker

[Source: stlamerican.com] It’s eerie. In October, Dr. Alex Garza, chief medical officer for St. Louis-based SSM Health, sat down to write an article titled “Guns, Germs and Health Care: Lessons Observed and Learned.” It was a chilling foresight into what our region is now facing. “In many ways, however, infectious diseases are similar to gun violence,” […]

St. Louis region forms COVID-19 response team

[Source: STLtoday.com] Dozens of St. Louis area nonprofits, social service agencies and governments are forming a response team to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Wednesday news release. The effort, called the COVID-19 Regional Response team, includes more than 43 local entities and intends to help people navigate resources and get help with […]

Across the St. Louis region, black residents disproportionately hit by the coronavirus

[Source: STLtoday.com] ST. LOUIS COUNTY — Across the St. Louis metro area, the new coronavirus appears to be hitting black residents disproportionately hard, health officials said Wednesday as cases of the virus continued to surge across the region. By Wednesday evening, Missouri’s statewide confirmed cases topped 3,300, and Illinois reached 15,000 cases. At least 55 […]

ArchCity Defenders and Close the Workhouse campaign release interviews of inmates in St. Louis city jails

[Source: stlamerican.com] ArchCity Defenders and the Close the Workhouse campaign have released a series of legal declarations and audio recordings from people incarcerated in St. Louis City’s jails, describing the “unsanitary and unsafe conditions” in both the City Justice Center  and the Medium Security Institution, also known as the Workhouse. “They don’t hand out hand […]

Washington University ICTS member Jason Purnell to lead St. Louis team responding to COVID-19

[Source: clic-ctsa.org] Jason Purnell, of the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, will lead a response team of over 40 St. Louis area nonprofits, social service agencies and governments to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 Regional Response team aims to help people navigate resources and get help with needs including employment, […]

Food pantries scramble to keep shelves full, volunteers and clients safe

[Source: STLtoday.com] Clients aren’t allowed inside the Community Interfaith Food Pantry in Belleville anymore. They stand outdoors on spots painted on the asphalt, in the manner that’s now commonplace — as though there are six invisible people standing between each person. A gloved and masked volunteer holds a baggie out, and people in need of… […]