The goal of this project was to demonstrate the importance of collecting race-based COVID-19 data to ensure an equitable response to the current pandemic. Research shows that black communities are disproportionately affected by certain chronic conditions, such as HIV, diabetes, food insecurity, low-income, and unstable housing in Canada (Gardezi et. al 2008). The effects of COVID-19 have further exacerbated these already present health disparities, and we believed it was our responsibility to take measures that will help these vulnerable communities respond accordingly. Although the province started collecting race-based data, earlier measures should have been taken. In times of crisis, the inequitable experiences of marginalized populations needed to be identified and addressed early on, as these groups disproportionately bear a greater burden of suffering (Garg et. al, 2020).
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