The data also suggests that those who have been vaccinated have a higher likelihood of not only not contracting the virus, but more importantly, not dying from it. Second, we must commit to increasing access to equal and equitable healthcare services across both geographical and jurisdictional lines. Access to quality healthcare services should not be limited to white, suburban communities, but increased to include those in the urban, if not inner-city, communities who are the hardest hit.
There has to be a commitment from the highest levels of government to address the racial disparities that exist in healthcare access. We do that by increasing programs geared to diversity and inclusion as we combat this healthcare crisis in America. We need more quality information to help dispel the myths of century-old practices that people of color don’t matter enough to be informed. How can we make better life-saving decisions without the corresponding information?
African Americans know the long history of being disrespected, mistreated and violated by the government and healthcare professionals. We have to become better informed. Finally, there has to be a focus on promoting and regaining the trust in life-saving medical innovations and treatments. We must figure out a way to reduce the skepticism about anything the government pushes toward the African-American community.
As a leader in the African American community in which I live and serve, I am committed to helping lead the way to life for our constituents. I led by example and received my shots and encouraged my church members to do the same. Take the shot.
The Rev. Rockney Carter, Ph.D., is senior pastor of Zion Baptist Church in Dayton.