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One of the most important things the coronavirus has exposed is health inequities in the US healthcare system. We have two stories that illustrate that Black and Latino residents in the US are three times as likely to contract the coronavirus as their white neighbors, and twice as likely to die. This type of discrepancy is not unique to COVID-19; it merely exposes the inequities in our healthcare system in a particularly brutal way. In the months and years ahead, NHF will be studying how healthcare equities affect our own population of people with bleeding disorders and will work to improve access to care and improving the lives of all members of our community but especially Blacks, Latinos and other minority populations.
What People With Bleeding Disorders
Should Know
Have questions about sending your kids to camp this summer? What about organized kid's events like Little League? Join us for on July 24 at 4:00pm ET for NHF's webinar, Camp and Kids’ Sports During COVID-19), featuring NHF President and CEO Leonard Valentino, MD, Lisa Boggio, MS, MD of Rush University Medical Center Hemophilia and Thrombophilia Treatment Center, and Tami Singleton, MD, of the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine will provide information and guidance on what to look for when considering these activities for your kids.
The Racial Inequity of the Coronavirus
As we are able to take a more comprehensive look at the coronavirus and its effects, we see racial disparities that persist across state lines and regions. They exist in rural towns on the Great Plains, in suburban counties and in many of the country’s biggest cities. The new federal data is far from complete. Not only is race and ethnicity information missing from more than half the cases, but so are other epidemiologically important clues — such as how the person might have become infected.

How Structural Racism Harms Doctors and Patients
As we have all learned, racism knows no boundaries. Its affects in the medical field on both patients and doctors are no different. Hear firsthand from physician Rachel Issaka and her experience with systemic racism that she has encountered throughout her career.

COVID-19 and von Willebrand Factor
Recently, there has been considerable interest in the role von Willebrand Factor (VWF) may play in the complications of COVID-19. I took a deeper look in to this and shared my thoughts with you here.

Laid-Off Workers Now Have More Time to Sign Up for COBRA
According to a recent federal rule, people who’ve been laid off or furloughed from their jobs now have significantly more time to decide whether to hang on to their employer-sponsored health insurance.

Health & Exercise
We are in a time when exercise and physical fitness could do a lot of good, not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. During a time of life and economic uncertainty, exercise plays an important role in reducing daily stress while boosting one’s overall mood. We can still stay active as we social distance to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Mental Health
Sixty percent of college students say the pandemic has made it harder to access mental health care, even as financial stresses and prevalence of depression increased among them. This is according to a new survey on the impact of COVID-19 on student well-being.

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