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The Health Equity Divide: Chronic Disease and COVID-19

April 20, 2021

People with chronic diseases have suffered the most during the pandemic both in rates of COVID-19 mortality and morbidity, and the health disparities that exist in those with chronic disease and poor social determinants of health are stark. On today’s episode, we speak to chronic disease and health equity experts on how to address this growing divide.

Our guests discuss how public health can reduce disparities in communities of color and rural parts of the country where rates of chronic disease are highest—often by starting with the social determinants of health and putting racial equity at the forefront.

Show Notes


  • Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, Director of CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA, State Health Commissioner, Virginia Department of Health
  • Susan Kansagra, MD, MBA, Board President, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and Section Chief of the Chronic Disease and Injury Section, Division of Public Health