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GDAHC's Lisa Braddix Featured in Bridge Michigan Article
Lisa Braddix, GDAHC's Director of Population Health & Health Equity featured in Bridge Michigan article about coronavirus, health disparities, and their role in current protests

COVID-19 has exposed the systemic inequalities and injustices Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) face in the healthcare delivery system, and in our society and culture-at-large. These horrific disparities have intensified the fight for equality amid the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade by recent or former law enforcement. Seeing how COVID-19 continues to disproportionately affect BIPOC, and particularly Blacks, in Southeast Michigan and our country only proves that the broader system has been unequal and unjust since its inception. We know that the effects of this virus are not the same among Whites, who, historically, have not faced negative social determinants of health (SDoH) at the same level as Blacks. Negative SDoH did not just "happen" to Black and low-income communities but are rooted in the long racist history of our country.

"'It’s 2020 and we continue … to think of health as being doctors and hospitals and the absence or presence of illness,' Braddix said.

Health outcomes, she said, can also be tied to education and economics, and throughout March, April and May, COVID-19 was a deadly reminder of those disparities."

GDAHC is proud to work with Lisa Braddix, our Director of Population Health & Health Equity, and are excited to share her contribution to the recent Bridge Michigan article discussing this very subject. Since joining GDAHC, Lisa has been integral in our fight to improve SDoH and in creating healthy, equitable communities. She provides an exceptionally keen and discerning eye and voice, helping to define and drive programming and opportunities, and isn't afraid to stand up for what's right. Many of you likely know for her work on the Southeast Michigan Perinatal Quality Improvement Coalition (SEMPQIC), a quality improvement project and coalition focused on improving infant and maternal mortality - a significant problem, partially driven by negative SDoH, that overwhelmingly impacts Blacks over other races - using a health equity lens. Lisa also led the Health Equity Resource Group (HERG), which previously focused on educating about the dangers of lead.

Read the full article "Coronavirus lays bare health disparities amid Michigan protests" in Bridge Michigan.