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COVID-19 and the Impact on Black and Brown Communities

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Date Published

August 25, 2020


American Physical Therapy Association of DC


COVID-19, Health Disparities


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Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, many communities have struggled to control the spread of the virus. We are now seeing that minority communities are being disproportionately affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The pandemic has exposed previously existing health and health care inequalities that contribute to this difference in COVID-19 infection rates among racial lines. 

We will be discussing the comorbid factors and health inequities that contribute to the racial disparity and then transition the discussion towards how we can address health inequities within our roles as physical therapists. 

Learning Objectives
By the end of this discussion, the learner will be able to:

Recognize the impact of social determinants of health and structural inequities on health  
Understand the role that health disparities play in health inequities in Washington D.C.
Identify the communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington D.C.
Describe the pathophysiology of COVID-19 and key receptor that causes multi system involvement
Identify risk stratification labs which are used in the differential diagnosis of COVID-19.
Describe how physical therapy professionals can effect and advocate for the decreased transmission and infection of COVID-19 in the Black community
Participants will be able to appreciate and understand the history of Minority Initiatives at APTA.
Participants will understand the historical perspective on the distrust of the African American community in regard to health care access and research.
Participants will learn of the importance of physical therapy professionals participation in ensuring health equity for people of color.

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Erin Wentzell, PT, DPT, PCS

Erin Wentzell, PT, DPT, PCS is a pediatric physical therapist that practices in Washington DC with the DC Strong Start Early... Read More

Titilayo Akinmusuru, PT, DPT

Titilayo Akinmusuru, PT, DPT is a physical therapist at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She serves as a Physical... Read More

Cherise Lathan, PT, DPT, NCS, CBIS

Cherise Lathan, PT, DPT, NCS, CBIS is a physical therapist at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She serves as a... Read More

Johnette Meadows, PT, MS

Johnette Meadows, PT, MS received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of California-San... Read More

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

Video Presentation
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If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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How to Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements
You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

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