The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights issued guidance this Monday on preventing racial discrimination in an ongoing response to the COVID-19 national public health crisis.
The guidelines address the disproportionate number of black and brown people affected by the coronavirus. The HHS is working to ensure that testing sites are accessible to marginalized communities and that people of color are not subjected to longer waiting periods in health care facilities or denied care “compared to similarly situated non-minority individuals.”
NEWS: @HHSOCR has issued guidance to federal funding recipients to ensure they follow federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in HHS-funded programs during #COVID19. https://t.co/hly34tDMRl
— HHS.gov (@HHSGov) July 20, 2020
“Minorities have long experienced disparities related to the medical and social determinants of health — all of the things that contribute to your health and wellbeing,” said Surgeon General Jerome Adams on the HHS website.