Listen to MPHI CEO, Dr. Renée Branch Canady, on NPR’s All Things Considered, as she compares public health professionals to firefighters — they run into the fire, wherever that fire may be.
“If this were affecting white men, we’d be running to that fire because it is our professional obligation. So, when we have seen repeated, over and over again, this pattern where disproportionately Black, Latino, Native American communities are suffering more, it is our moral and professional responsibility to go there.” – Dr. Canady
Statistics show that Black Michiganders account for roughly 21% of the state’s COVID-19 deaths, despite being just 14% of the population. State officials want to decrease the number of deaths, so Michigan relies on a formula recommended by the Centers for Disease Control called the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to help guide its vaccine distribution. Still, some argue this is the wrong way to decide who gets to go to the front of the line. Taking away the SVI would also de-prioritize some of the most impoverished counties in the state, all of which are rural and majority white.
For the full story, go to Michigan Officials Wrestle With How To Ethically Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines: NPR .