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Anti-Racist Epidemiology

BKC affiliate Momin Malik co-authored a study led by Harvard Medical School researchers suggesting reparations could have public health benefits for Black Americans and the entire country. To estimate the impact of structural inequities between Black and white individuals, the researchers set out to capture the effect of reparation payments on the Black-white wealth gap in the state of Louisiana.

Their analysis, published online on Feb. 9 in Social Science & Medicine, suggests that if reparations had been made before the COVID-19 pandemic, transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the state’s overall population could have been reduced by anywhere from 31 percent to 68 percent.

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