Diversity Toolbox - October 2020
Topic: Poverty, Health Disparities, and Racism
The October Toolbox explores personal and systemic impacts of poverty, health disparities and racism, and provides teaching and learning resources. The Toolbox features videos that explore the personal and systemic impacts of poverty, COVID 19 health disparities, statistical and data resources, and recent peer reviewed articles from some of the professional perspectives found in CHBS. Thanks to Carolyn Schubert for her assistance in compiling these resources.
Videos for Sharing Cases and Stories – Personal and Systemic Aspects of Poverty
Videos can be a powerful way to bring societal issues into your classroom experience. Documentaries and cases can help humanize and build empathy.
- How the Dallas Street Choir Grants Homeless Residents A Voice (6 mins)
- East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story (1 hr 44 min)
- Poor Kids: Childhood Poverty in the U.S. (53 mins)
- World Poverty and Undernutrition (32 mins)
- Social Work and Poverty (~1 hr)
Datasets for Developing Data Information Literacy
In a data-driven world, the ability to find, use, and interpret data is essential. Here are some resources that can help you teach students the opportunities to map issues and tell stories using existing datasets.
- Visualize demographic, housing, and health data across the United States. In particular, you can explore
- Demographics > Homelessness
- Incomes & Spending > Poverty, Food Insecurity, SNAP and WIC
- Health > COVID-19 > Medically Underserved Areas
- Social Explorer
- Contains maps, tables, and modules about health, COVID, and U.S. Opportunity Zones. Modules available are:
- Get quick statistics about poverty and income in the United States
Connecting to Current (COVID) Events
Newspapers, Magazines, etc.
- Ethnic Newswatch
- Read articles from full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press. These resources provide researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives, such as systematic underfunding of health infrastructure, not poverty, being the cause of increased COVID-19 deaths in African Americans.
- New York Times
- Access and incorporate the full suite of multimedia reporting through your JMU Libraries account. Poignant entries include America at hunger’s edge, a photo essay. Students, faculty, and staff can create their own accounts.
- Black People and Coronavirus
- This is a crowd-sourced spreadsheet listing popular press articles. You can also submit additional items to be included.
- TV News
- PBS Newshour – How COVID-19 is exacerbating Detroit’s poverty and racial inequality (11 mins)
- ABC News – Inside 2 massive food banks feeding families affected by COVID-19 (9 mins)
- Wolfson, J. A., & Leung, C. W. (2020). Food insecurity and COVID-19: disparities in early effects for US Adults. Nutrients, 12(6), 1648. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12061648
- Pereira, M., & Oliveira, A. M. (2020). Poverty and food insecurity can increase as threats of COVID-19 spreads. Public Health Nutrition, 1–10. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980020003493
- Denney, J. T., Brewer, M., & Kimbro, R. T. (2020). Food insecurity in households with young children: A test of contextual congruence. Social Science & Medicine, 263, 113275. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113275
- Public Health
- Abedi, V., Olulana, O., Avula, V., Chaudhary, D., Khan, A., Shahjouei, S., Li, J., & Zand, R. (2020). Racial, economic, and health inequality and COVID-19 infection in the United States. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-020-00833-4
- Kanter, G. P., Segal, A. G., & Groeneveld, P. W. (2020). Income disparities in access to critical care services. Health Affairs, 39(8), 1362–1367. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2020.00581
- Adhikari, S., Pantaleo, N. P., Feldman, J. M., Ogedegbe, O., Thorpe, L., & Troxel, A. B. (2020). Assessment of community-level disparities in Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections and deaths in large US metropolitan areas. JAMA, 3(7), e2016938. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.16938
- Ramsetty, A., & Adams, C. (2020). Impact of the digital divide in the age of COVID-19. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 27(7), 1147–1148. https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocaa078
- Khoo, T. C., Jesudason, E., & FitzGerald, A. (2020). Catching our breath: reshaping rehabilitation services for COVID-19. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1–6. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2020.1808905
- Social Work
- Cox C. (2020). Older adults and Covid 19: social justice, disparities, and social work practice. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 1–14. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/01634372.2020.1808141
- Martin, A., Markhvida, M., Hallegatte, S., & Walsh, B. (2020). Socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on household consumption and poverty. Economics of disasters and climate change, 1–27. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41885-020-00070-3
- Wilke, J., Mohr, L., Tenforde, A. S., Edouard, P., Fossati, C., González-Gross, M., Ramirez, C. S., Laiño, F., Tan, B., Pillay, J. D., Pigozzi, F., Jimenez-Pavon, D., Novak, B., Url, D., Zhang, M., Poppel, M. V., Heidt, C., Willwacher, S., Vogt, L., Verhagen, E., … Yuki, G. (2020). Restrictercise! Preferences Regarding Digital Home Training Programs during Confinements Associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic. International journal of environmental research and public health, 17(18), E6515. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186515