08/26/2020 - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionally effect racially diverse communities, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics hosted a virtual discussion on the role that nutrition plays in promoting health equity and reducing health disparities.
Taking place on Tuesday, August 25, more than 3,000 attendees registered to attend the Nutrition and Health Equity Summit, which had U.S. Rep. Robin L. Kelly (Ill.), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, as the honorary co-host.
African Americans and Latinos have been disproportionately impacted by infections and deaths from COVID-19. Marginalized and minoritized populations have long faced chronic disease health disparities due to socioeconomic inequalities and reduced access to health care, healthful foods and safe places to be active.
The Nutrition and Health Equity Summit addressed the following topics:
- Health Disparities and COVID-19: America's Report Card
- Structural Racism and Systematic Inequities: Implications for Diet and Health
- Nutrition, Disparities and Chronic Disease: Finding Solutions After the Pandemic