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TAMEST Conversation on COVID-19: Health Disparities

Latinos, African Americans and Native Americans in the United States have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 at four to five times the rate of white Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For those under the age of 65, CDC data shows the COVID-19 death toll to be twice as high among people of color. On July 29, 2020, TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) hosted a conversation with TAMEST Board President Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H. (NAM), UT Health San Antonio, a leading health disparities researcher, and additional population health experts to discuss these highlighted racial disparities in American health outcomes and explore opportunities to advance health equity during this crisis.

For information on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Framework for Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus, click here.

Amelie Ramirez

Moderator: Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H. (NAM)
Board President, TAMEST;
Chair and Professor
Department of Population Health Sciences
UT Health San Antonio

Georges Benjamin

Speaker: Georges C. Benjamin, M.D. (NAM)
Executive Director
American Public Health Association (APHA)

Quianta Moore

Speaker: Quianta Moore, M.D., J.D.
Fellow in Child Health Policy
Center for Health and Biosciences
Baker Institute for Public Policy
Rice University

Jewel Mullen

Speaker: Jewel Mullen, M.D.
Associate Dean for Health Equity
Associate Professor of Population Health and Internal Medicine
Dell Medical School The University of Texas at Austin



TAMEST was co-founded in 2004 by the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison and Nobel Laureates Michael S. Brown, M.D., and Richard E. Smalley, Ph.D. With more than 300 members and 18 member institutions, TAMEST is composed of the Texas-based members of the three National Academies (National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Sciences), the Royal Society and the state’s 11 Nobel Laureates. We bring together the state’s brightest minds in medicine, engineering, science and technology to foster collaboration, and to advance research, innovation and business in Texas. TAMEST’s unique interdisciplinary model has become an effective recruitment tool for top research and development centers across Texas. Since our founding, more than 225 TAMEST members have been inducted into the National Academies or relocated to Texas.


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