Investigating Disparities in Covid-19 Deaths Among African Americans

February 24, 2022

Last September, former Mayor Bill De Blasio introduced the Pandemic Response Institute (PRI) as a response to the coronavirus. ... Creating the PRI was a necessary step, said Olajide Williams, another panelist, who is a clinical neurologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and co-founder of Hip Hop Public Health, a nonprofit group that promotes health through music, art and science. Dr. Williams, who has worked in emergency rooms during the pandemic, said the city failed Black people. “We need the Pandemic Response Institute so that we can study the lessons learned and policies so we never find ourselves in that position again,” he said. “The people who were dying the most were Black people; it was complete chaos.”

Source: NY City Lens