The United States is facing unprecedented economic and social challenges leading up to the 2020 presidential election. Covid-19 has placed significant pressure on the health care system and caused unemployment to increase to the highest rate since the beginning of the post-World War II era. The negative impacts of the pandemic, however, have not affected all communities equally. The pandemic has disproportionately affected minority communities — Black, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaskan Native people are nearly three times more likely to contract Covid-19 than their white counterparts. Many major U.S. cities have also witnessed widespread protests, with people demanding racial equity and an end to police brutality.
This panel explored how decisions by local, state and federal policymakers have impacted communities and underrepresented populations during the 2020 election cycle. It covered topics including the United States’ pandemic response, health care accessibility, recent protest movements and changing voter attitudes. The panel also discussed the potential impacts of various election outcomes on health care disparities in the United States and what policies could help with recovery from the pandemic and the economic downturn.
This event, sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences, is part of the Baker Institute 2020 Election Series, which highlights critical policy issues ahead of the 2020 presidential election. This webinar series features institute fellows, scholars and guests discussing a range of critical domestic and foreign policy issues in the lead up to November 3.
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3:00 p.m. — Presentation
3:30 p.m. — Q&A
Christopher F. Kulesza, Ph.D.
Research Analyst, Center for Health and Biosciences, Baker Institute
The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
CEO, Sebelius Resources L.L.C.; former Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services; former Governor of Kansas
Clyde W. Yancy, M.D.
Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine, and Magerstadt Professor, Northwestern University
Sara Wallace Goodman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine
Senior Editor for Health Care, Bloomberg