African Americans make up just 14% of New Jersey’s population, but they account for 21.3% of COVID-19 deaths, according to state fatality figures. This disparity is due to a number of factors which existed long before the coronavirus pandemic hit our state and our country. Discrimination in our health systems directly contributes to disproportionate rates of chronic disease and barriers to accessing health care for Black individuals. This web briefing will explore how philanthropy and our partners can help turn the tide and begin to address these complicated issues head on. Going back to normal is not good enough. The philanthropic community is in a unique position to bring these kinds of conversations to the forefront of our work.
Hear Dr. Denise Rodgers, Vice Chancellor of Interprofessional Programs at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, discuss the social determinants underlaying long-standing racial health disparities, and how New Jersey can address health inequity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’ll also be joined by Bob Atkins, Director of the New Jersey Health Initiatives of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who will share his perspective on how funders can help support better outcomes for Black individuals and communities during this pandemic. To end our session, he will facilitate a conversation for grantmakers to share how their organizations are addressing racial inequity amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Join us to explore how philanthropy can help reduce the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black communities in New Jersey.
Cost: Free for CNJG Members and NonMember Grantmakers
This program is only open to staff and trustees from grantmaking organizations.