Health Secur 2021 Jun 21;19(S1):S62-S71. Epub 2021 May 21.
Michael-dharma Irwin, MA, is a Quality Assurance Manager, Director's Office; Yordanose Amanuel, MA, is a Management Specialist, Area Agency on Aging; Brian Bickers, MPA, MEd, is a Quality and Compliance Management Analyst, Director's Office; M. Annie Nguyen is a Management Intern, Behavioral Health Division; and Oliver W. Russell, MA, is Assistant Division Chief, Behavioral Health Division; all in the Department of Human Services, Arlington County Government, Arlington, VA.
This paper presents research conducted by the Arlington County Department of Human Services to understand the use of safety net services during the pandemic, identify disparities, and reduce or eliminate them. Arlington County's levels of health and economic wellbeing are generally high; however, residents of color experience significant disparities compared with White residents, with lower median incomes, lower rates of college completion, lower life expectancies, and higher rates of chronic illness. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these disparities were amplified as Black and Latinx residents experienced disproportionately high rates of COVID-19 infection, hospitalization, and death, as well as disproportionately high rates of job loss. Read More