Race or racism: unpicking racial inequalities in the COVID-19 pandemic through a social determinants of health framework

18 November 2020
Edmonton, Alberta

In post-colonial contexts such as the UK, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the policy response to it has been remarkably racially patterned. Clinicians, academics and policy makers have tried to explain the observed outcomes by reviving ideas of racial hierarchies underpinned by biological and cultural superiority – the same ideas that were instrumental in justifying colonialism. In this presentation a social determinants of health framework will be used to argue for an alternative more plausible explanation for the observed racial patterning of impacts of the pandemic. The presentation will explore how and why various social determinants of health are racially patterned and the links between particular social determinants of health and aspects of the pandemic.

Race or racism: unpicking racial inequalities in the COVID-19 pandemic through a social determinants of health framework

Presenter

Dr. Miqdad Asaria is a health economist with extensive experience in both academic and policy making settings. His research focusses on health inequalities, health financing and healthcare prioritisation with a particular focus on the health systems in India and the UK.