Conversations With Black Doctors


Conversations With Black Doctors: COVID-19

Suggested Resources:

Texas Department of State Health Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 Community Resources

Austin Public Health Contact
Phone: 512-974-2000 or 311
Website: https://www.austintexas.gov/resident/public-health


Conversations With Black Doctors

Our mission is to improve health disparities within our community and to inspire and nurture the next generation of Black doctors. The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent instances of racial injustice have called special attention to a problem we have always known: the lives of African-Americans are being cut short both by health disparities rooted in systemic racism and police brutality. While there are multifaceted factors contributing to the health disparities, there is evidence to suggest that high levels of stress, poor access to health care (especially primary care), low-income status, and chronic illness play vital roles in the increased risks associated with COVID-19 among this population. The limited demographic data available reveals that the coronavirus is infecting and killing Black Americans at a disproportionately high rate and much more information needs to be collected to inform public health efforts.   

There are ABPA members on the front lines caring for patients, and we are grateful for their commitment and service during this historical crisis. At ABPA, we see ourselves as healers and advocates for our patients and our community. We envision a more just and equitable healthcare system where there are no barriers to access, all patients are treated fairly, and can expect equitable health outcomes. We invite you to join us in our mission. 

In light of recent events, we want to do more and are developing a series of informational videos by Black doctors for Black patients.

How can you help?  

  • Partner with us by sharing this link to our health resource videos with others you know
  • Let us know what specific topics you would like to hear about and what questions you would like to have answered. Email your comments and questions to [email protected]
  •  If you are interested in having an ABPA doctor speak to your community or professional group, please email [email protected]

With your partnership, we can improve diversity in the healthcare workforce and increase access to healthcare for the African-American community.


 

These videos are not intended to provide medical advice or to replace a visit to a healthcare professional. We strongly encourage you to reach out to an ABPA member physician to discuss your personal medical needs. Use our “Find a Doctor” feature to help locate a specialist in the Central Texas area. If you need immediate medical assistance, please go directly to the Emergency Room or call 911.