For this Data & Society Network Talk, public health expert Kenyon Farrow and sociologist Tamara K. Nopper discuss racial disparities in COVID-19’s impact, reporting, and analyses. Data collection is often inherently political, and this crisis lays bare racist disparities in terms of public health and how medical data is being collected and publicly disseminated in ways that are unequal and/or incomplete. Drawing from past health crises, Farrow and Nopper discuss strategies for demanding and using race-focused data and combating medical misinformation. They also consider how anti-Blackness informs the design of medical and public health infrastructures and state responses.
This conversation was hosted by Data & Society’s Kellie Owens, Researcher, Health & Data and was recorded on Friday, April 17, 2020.