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Dr. Melissa Creary discusses how Black and Latino communities are being left behind in the vaccine rollout.


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the careers of both men and women in the field of oncology, but women especially have been confronted with increased responsibilities at work and home. A JAMA Oncology article by Drs. Bridget Keenan, Reshma Jagsi, and Katherine Van Loon outlines the effects of the pandemic on scholarly activity, career advancement and grant applications, and proposes ways to counteract these effects.

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A National Academy of Sciences panel chronicled what COVID-19 has been like for female scientists and then urged institutions to take meaningful, equity-minded action on their findings. CBSSM's Director, Dr. Reshma Jagsi served as a panelist and is quoted in Inside Higher Ed's article about the panel.

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The pandemic has exacerbated existing disparities and created additional challenges for women, especially those with children, struggling to maintain their research productivity. For more on this important issue, check out the American Journal of Psychiatryr esearch letter by CBSSM's Reshma Jagsi and co-authors.

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Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 70,000 Black people died prematurely in 2019 compared to their white peers — on average, 190 people dying prematurely every day for a year. Covid-19 has likely made that worse. Due to a range of structural factors, Black people are disproportionately likely to get seriously ill and die from the disease. A recent study in PNAS found that the Black-white life expectancy gap grew by nearly a year and a half in 2020 due to the coronavirus, from 3.6 to 5 years.

In a recent Vox article, CBSSM's Dr. Melissa Creary was interviewed on the growing black-white life expectancy gap.