Deadly Disparities in the time of COVID-19: Behind the Report

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Episode Summary

Early in the pandemic, Claire Decoteau, Iván Arenas their robust team of interdisciplinary researchers began to interview Black, Latinx, and white residents of three Chicago neighborhoods in order to explore how the pandemic has impacted different communities.

Drawing on over 150 interviews with residents and policy makers, the team found that while COVID-19 has been treated as a health crisis at the federal, state, and local levels, city residents experienced it as a much broader crisis related to housing, jobs, childcare, schooling, and healthcare.

The project described was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institutes of Health, through Grant Award Number UL1TR002003. 


Featured Researchers


Claire Decoteau, PhD
Professor, Department of Sociology
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
University of Illinois Chicago

Iván Arenas
Associate Director
Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy
University of Illinois at Chicago

Learn More

“Deadly Disparities in the time of COVID-19: How Public Policy Fails Black and Latinx Chicagoans,” December 2021
View panel discussions from 12/01/2021 and 12/09/2021

UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy



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