Yale University

Churches are closing in predominantly Black communities – why public health officials should be concerned

Yusuf Ransome, assistant professor at Yale School of Public Health, recently co-authored an essay stating that the current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the important role that churches have played as trusted authorities in Black and Latino communities in disseminating information and in serving as points of access for COVID-19 testing and vaccine rollouts.

"The COVID-19 pandemic made clear that existing traditional health care delivery sites are insufficient to meet the needs of large populations, expeditiously. To become an equitable nation, and to protect all members of the population, we need public policy that prioritizes collaborations with cultural institutions that are salient to people of color."

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Published: Monday, May 9, 2022