Inequity and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color in the United States: The need for a trauma-informed social justice response

Psychol Trauma. 2020 Jul;12(5):443-445. doi: 10.1037/tra0000889. Epub 2020 Jun 1.


COVID-19 has had disproportionate contagion and fatality in Black, Latino, and Native American communities and among the poor in the United States. Toxic stress resulting from racial and social inequities have been magnified during the pandemic, with implications for poor physical and mental health and socioeconomic outcomes. It is imperative that our country focus and invest in addressing health inequities and work across sectors to build self-efficacy and long-term capacity within communities and systems of care serving the most disenfranchised, now and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 epidemic. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved).

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • COVID-19
  • Child
  • Coronavirus Infections / ethnology*
  • Health Status Disparities*
  • Healthcare Disparities / ethnology*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services*
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / ethnology*
  • Psychological Trauma / ethnology*
  • Psychological Trauma / therapy
  • Self Efficacy*
  • Social Justice*
  • Socioeconomic Factors*
  • United States / ethnology
  • Vulnerable Populations