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KFF Health Tracking Poll – June 2020

This month’s tracking poll examines public attitudes toward and experiences with institutional racism and police violence, whether they have participated in recent protests, and perceptions related to health disparities, specifically with regard to coronavirus.

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This Week in Coronavirus: June 11 to June 17

Every week KFF recaps the past week in the coronavirus pandemic from our tracking, policy analysis, polling, and journalism. The June 2020 tracking poll finds that while a two-thirds of Americans support the protests against police violence, 56% say they are worried that recent protests may lead to an increase in coronavirus cases in their area.

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Who are the 3.4 Million People Who Work in the Nation’s Food Production Industries?

Roughly 3.4 million individuals work in food production industries, more than a third of them in animal production and processing where there have been several COVID-19 outbreaks, a new KFF analysis shows. Workers at meat and poultry plants face a higher risk of coronavirus exposure due to the close quarters…

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The COVID-19 Outbreak and Food Production Workers: Who is at Risk?

The federal government has deemed workers in the food and agricultural sector part of the essential critical infrastructure workforce. Moreover, under recent a Presidential Executive Order, meat and poultry processing plants must continue operations to prevent disruption in the food supply chain. Workers in these industries face risk for coronavirus exposure due to their continued work outside the home, with many facing increased risks due to close quarters in their working environment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other analysis have identified coronavirus outbreaks in meatpacking facilities. This data note analyzes key characteristics of food production workers to provide insight into who these risks affect and the health and financial implications of the COVID-19 outbreak for these workers and their communities.

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Health Disparities are a Symptom of Broader Social and Economic Inequities

Health disparities are symptoms of broader social and economic challenges that are rooted in structural and systemic barriers across sectors. the increased recognition and understanding of disparities could provide a catalyst for the challenging work required to address them.

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COVID-19 and Workers at Risk: Examining the Long-Term Care Workforce

The highly transmissible nature of the coronavirus combined with the congregate nature of long-term care facility settings and the close and personal contact that many long-term care workers have with patients puts them at elevated risk of infection. This analysis focuses on the characteristics of the 4.5 million people who work in long-term care settings, based on the 2018 American Community Survey.

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Growing Data Underscore that Communities of Color are Being Harder Hit by COVID-19

A growing number of states are reporting racial and ethnic data for coronavirus cases and deaths. These data suggest that the virus is having disproportionate effects on communities of color.

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Communities of Color at Higher Risk for Health and Economic Challenges due to COVID-19

This brief analyzes data on underlying health conditions, health coverage and health care access, and social and economic factors by race and ethnicity to provide insight into how the health and financial impacts of COVID-19 may vary across racial/ethnic groups.

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COVID-19 Crisis Will Likely Disproportionately Affect the Health and Finances of Communities of Color

The COVID-19 outbreak will likely disproportionately affect communities of color in both their health and their pocketbooks, compounding longstanding racial disparities in health and economic conditions, according to a new KFF analysis. While comprehensive data about how the COVID-19 crisis is unfolding are not yet available, early data from some…

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Health and Health Care for Blacks in the United States

This infographic provides data on the current status of health and health care for Blacks, including measures of their health coverage, health access and use, and health outcomes.

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