Plenary: COVID-19 Stories: How the Pandemic Has Widened Existing Health Gaps
Stan Hudson, MA, CDFT
Wisconsin Health Literacy
La Habra Family Resource Center
Patient Partner, University Health Network
The G.R.E.E.N.E Foundation
Suzy Newby, MA, CCC-SLP
Genesis Rehab Services
The novel coronavirus pandemic has significantly magnified a long-existing problem. Certain communities—including those of color, of disabilities, of lower incomes and education—have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. While these people have struggled and suffered, their struggle has remained invisible to many.
This plenary will showcase their unedited stories to unveil their challenges with staying safe during the pandemic, greater housing insecurity, lack of insurance, and legal status. And, having exposed inequities and their perceived consequences, these stories will illustrate the necessity for meaningful discussion long after the pandemic is over.
- Discuss the ways in which certain populations have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and its perceived consequences.
- Identify at least one action the health literacy community or you specifically could take to ensure fewer. disparities in Covid-19 infection and severity in the coming fall/winter season.