Green discusses disparities in COVID deaths with WKOW

Tags: Tiffany Green, reproductive and population health

Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health and the UW-Madison Department of Population Health Sciences, spoke with WKOW-27 in Madison about the disproportionate share of Black deaths from COVID-19 in Wisconsin and nationwide.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 demographic data, 24 percent of people who have died from COVID-19 were Black, despite Black people making up just under seven percent of Wisconsin’s total population.

Green says there needs to be an understanding as to why black people are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 in the first place, and one reason is structural discrimination.

"We have a long history of black people being shuffled into occupations that are less likely to have insurance, unsafe working conditions," Green said. 

"For example in the midst of this pandemic, black people are much less likely to be able to work at home, they are the essential workers."”

Watch Green’s whole interview here.