Bridging the Wealth Gap

Healthcare in America is often discussed as if everyone gets the same high-quality care. However, because of racial disparities in the American healthcare system, that is too often not the case. The uneven distribution of resources between racial communities results in grossly underequipped and understaffed hospitals—especially in the African American community. Food deserts disproportionately affect Black communities, making fresh, healthy foods less accessible. These and other inequities in health and wellness result in the loss of millions of African American lives, a reality tragically played out during the COVID-19 pandemic. Against this daunting backdrop, our virtual town hall discussion seeks to focus on specific, solution-focused questions: What can we as Black people do—in our homes, families and communities—to address overcome the barriers to greater levels of health and wellness? What actions can we take today to live better, longer lives?