Brown Page Content 1Inequity and COVID-19In St. Louis, it is an unfortunate truism that a person’s zip code is an accurate predictor of their health outcomes. The effects of the novel corona virus have magnified this claim. Nationally, low-income and minority populations have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. These groups are more likely to be "essential" workers, thus less likely to be able to effectively self-isolate due to socioeconomic pressures. Many rely on public transit to get to work and cannot afford (or don’t have access to) grocery delivery. Some who are not essential workers and have jobs that cannot be moved online have been furloughed or laid off, turning to the social safety net for food, rent and utility assistance, and basic household supplies – often while losing access to health insurance. That loss can be deadly, since non-white populations have higher rates of asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity – all conditions that increase a person’s risk of severe illness with COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, the elderly in minority and low-income populations face increased exposure to the effects of the virus. The Brown School community is dedicated to advancing equity in our community , nation and world, which has led our faculty, staff and students to investigate and publish research that highlights these inequities. Some have been called on by local officials to lead the St. Louis area's efforts to fight the effects of COVID-19. This page will pull together research and resources that we hope are useful and timely as we move forward together.Articles and Research from the Brown School CommunityDon’t Overlook Health Equity During the Crisis, featuring Associate Professor Darrell HudsonCoronavirus Highlights the Need for Health Insurance in Missouri, featuring Professor Tim McBride. Tracking Social Needs in the Wake of COVID-19, featuring Professor Matt Kreuter and the work of the Health Communications Research LabCOVID-19 Will Be a Catastrophe Blacks St. Louis if Leaders Don’t Act Now, op-ed by MPH student Brittany Ferrell and Kayla Reed in the St. Louis American.We Don’t Need a Map to Tell Us Who COVID-19 Hits the Hardest in St. Louis, op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and also on brookings.edu, by Professor Michal Grinstein-Weiss and Program Manager Brinda Gupta.Older Americans are Not Expendable, featuring Professor Nancy Morrow-Howell.Purnell to Lead St. Louis Team Responding to COVID-19. Associate Professor Jason Purnell will lead local nonprofits that are focused on providing services to the most vulnerable populations. His expertise is also featured in several articles, including Why Coronavirus Is Killing Black Americans at Staggering Rates and COVID-19 and the Color Line.Urban League, Church, Munis Partner to Feed North County Residents in Response to COVID-19 – a profile of a local effort in the St. Louis American.COVID-19: A Political Tipping Point for Health Equity in St. Louis by Cora Faith Walker, Esq., MPH '10.Still Compromising: The Disparate Impact of COVID-19 in St. Louis by Brown School PhD students Karishma Furtado, Research and Data Catalyst with Forward Through Ferguson and Alexandra Morshed, Prevention Research Center Postdoctoral Researcher.Confronting Racial Disparities Among Coronavirus Victims by Roy M. Wilson, president of Wayne State University and former deputy director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.Black People are Dying of COVID-19 At Alarming Rates. Here's Why, featuring Professor Hedwig Lee.We Know How to Prevent Homelessness Due to COVID-19, by Associate Professors Patrick Fowler and Jason Purnell.ResourcesState and Municipal ResourcesMissouri COVID-19 24-hour hotline: 877-435-8411 St. Louis City COVID-19 Information and Resources: includes economic and small business assistanceSt. Louis City Emergency ResourcesSt. Louis County Services and Resources during the crises: includes food, utility and mental healthBehavioral and Mental Health ResourcesBehavioral Health Response Hotline: 314-469-6644 / 800-811-4760Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Disaster/Distress hotline (800/985-5990 / Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746): Provides immediate counseling to anyone who needs help dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic incident. This is a free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support serviceResources for People with Disabilities Starkloff Disability Institute: Provides resources for low-cost Internet access, youth education and meal plan handout locations, adult education, virtual recreation, and employment and instructions on how to file for unemployment insuranceSt. Louis Office for Developmental Disability ResourcesCommunity Resource HubsBeyond Housing’s 24:1 Community hub: For all coronavirus-related community news and resourcesPrepare STL: A collaborative campaign powered by the Missouri Foundation for Health, Regional Health Commission, the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and other community health organizations STL Response: A comprehensive, crowd-sourced dashboard for regional COVID-19 resources and news WEPOWER: WEPOWER has teamed up with local organizations Arch City Defenders and Clark-Fox Family Foundation to share resources and updates as families across St. Louis navigate COVID-19United Way 2-1-1: COVID-19 Where to Turn: United Way is a comprehensive dashboard of federal, state and community agencies providing assistance in all or parts of Missouri and Illinois#314Together: Facebook group for sharing resources, support and rallying togetherSt. Louis City and County Libraries: Visit the website to get an e-card. County locations are partnering with the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank to offer an emergency diaper drive-through.Broadband ResourcesMissouri Department of Health and Senior Services: comprehensive list of how Missouri providers are ensuring continuity of service to our communities during this time of needCharter Communications: Offering free access to spectrum broadband and wi-fi for families with school-aged childrenUtility and Housing InformationAmeren: Suspending all disconnections for non-payment and forgiving late payment fees for residential and business customersSpire: Suspending all disconnections and late fees until May 1, 2020, and providing energy relief for homes and small businesses that need helpMissouri American Water: Suspending disconnects and reconnecting those who are currently shut off Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council (EHOC) has created a one-pager, COVID-19 and Fair Housing Rights: What You Need to Know.COVID-19 Testing SitesSt. Louis/ Metro East regional testing sites: KMOV4’s list of the COVID-19 testing sites in the St. Louis metro area (updated April 13, 2020)Testing sites – City of St. Louis: Missouri Testing Sites: For a list of Missouri testing sites. Many sites still require physician orders or evaluation before testing is approvedSt. Louis County COVID-19 Dashboard: includes information on disease surveillance, cases by zip, maps, testing locations, and much moreOpen Classroom WebinarsThe Brown School is offering a series of free webinars, many of which are focused on the disparate effects of COVID-19 on minority populations or other equity-focused issues. We've assembled a list of on-demand, free learning opportunities that are broadly applicable to the fields of social work, public health, and social policy. Access all of this free content.