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Plenary Talk: The Pandemic within The Pandemic

[Online] Workshop on Mathematics and Racial Justice June 09, 2021 - June 18, 2021

June 11, 2021 (10:10 AM PDT - 11:10 AM PDT)
Speaker(s): Darius McDaniel (Leidos)
Location: MSRI: Online/Virtual
Primary Mathematics Subject Classification No Primary AMS MSC
Secondary Mathematics Subject Classification No Secondary AMS MSC

Plenary Talk- The Pandemic within The Pandemic


The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has brought about a new level of fear and many more constraints and challenges. This pandemic has clearly amplified the reality of unequal health outcomes for people of color. Racial disparities are pervasive in our health care system. The intersection of numerous diseases is leading to greater morbidity and mortality in existing at-risk groups.

Researchers within many areas of Public Health and Medicine are finding that the roots of discrimination run deep and the dis-ease beneath the diseases are killing from all angles. Mounting epidemiological studies are demonstrating disparities amongst race within both communicable and non-communicable diseases.

From data on maternal-child health to Alzheimer’s and now Coronavirus, the statistics are revealing the unbalance of care and treatment. The data is clear no matter the phase of life the pandemic of racism effects a person from birth to late stage of life.

Within this talk we will aim to discuss many of the underlining roots of disparities throughout Public Health research areas. We will also provide a glimpse at research fighting for equality of health. Lastly, through personal and research experiences in Alzheimer's and COVID-19 we will aim to look at how we can use the mathematical sciences for social and systemic change.

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Plenary Talk- The Pandemic within The Pandemic

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