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A Roundtable Discussion Series @Graham | Pandemic Effects: Community Healthcare


Online via Zoom

Medical professional in purple gloves sorting vaccine vials into white boxes.

Photo courtesy of the University of Chicago Medicine

COVID-19, which has disproportionately affected Black and Brown communities, has shone a bright light on a wide range of social and economic inequalities in the United States. In this session, Dr. Daniel Johnson and Dr. Arshiya Baig discuss social determinants of health, as well as the ways that the pandemic has exacerbated existing disparities in healthcare. Our panelists also talk about initiatives in which they are involved that seek to serve disadvantaged populations. Dr. Baig, who is a primary care physician and health services expert, draws on her research on diabetes in Latino communities to illuminate the pandemic’s cascading effects among those groups. Dr. Daniel Johnson, a pediatrician and infectious disease specialist, considers some of the pandemic’s consequences for children, and also describes his work with ECHO-Chicago, an organization devoted to expanding access to care and building primary care capacity among community-based providers. 

The roundtable consists of one hour of panel discussion, followed by thirty minutes of question and answer with the audience. It is moderated by Dr. Doriane Miller and Professor Emily Lynn Osborn.  

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Background Reading and Viewing:

“Exploring the Link Between Unemployment and Poverty,” Chicago Tonight, WTTW, 18 January 2021.

Jeehoon Han, Bruce D. Meyer, James X Sullivan, “Income and Poverty in the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Summer 2020.

“Health Inequality Plus Coronavirus Creates Perfect Storm in Chicago’s Black Community,” Chicago Tonight, WTTW, 25 May 2020. 

“Pandemic Exacerbating Existing Health Disparities in Auburn Gresham,” Chicago Tonight, WTTW, 28 April 2020.

“Racism in Health Care: Providers Address a Public Health Crisis,” Chicago Tonight, WTTW, 8 July 2020. 

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Arshiya Baig is a primary care physician and health services expert who evaluates and implements interventions aimed at improving health among Latino communities. Much of her research has focused specifically on diabetes and the barriers that hamper access to screening and treatment. This emphasis reflects Dr. Baig’s wider interest in the social determinates of health, and the experiences of ethnic and racial minorities in the healthcare system. 

Dr. Daniel Johnson is a physician, researcher, and teacher. He is an expert in pediatric infectious diseases and in the care of HIV-infected children. He is deeply involved in community-based pediatric care in underserved areas, and he has formed partnerships with federally qualified health clinics and community hospitals to expand the availability of pediatric primary care and specialty services on the South Side of Chicago. His publications cover a range of topics, including HIV, infectious diseases, health outcomes, and community medicine. 


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