CINCINNATI — Disparities in Black women’s health have been documented for decades, but the recent spread of COVID-19 has brought those health issues into the spotlight even more.

“There's a lot of disparities. A lot of it is economic,” said Estrelita Dixon, associate professor of internal medicine at UC Health. “There’s not a lot of resources that are not necessarily available in some Black communities.”

Dixon said racism has also contributed to these disparities. In June, Hamilton County commissioners declared racism a public health crisis.

“I think that racism itself drives a lot of negative health problems that go on in the community,” Dixon said. “Having safe communities to walk in to be able to exercise. There are food deserts that occur in a number of communities where they don't have access to fresh produce.”

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