Arizona State University: Cronkite’s Southwest Health Reporting Initiative launches health newsletter

Arizona State University: Cronkite’s Southwest Health Reporting Initiative launches health newsletter. “The Cronkite School’s Southwest Health Reporting Initiative has launched a new monthly health newsletter that aims to start a conversation about — and spread awareness of — health disparities in underserved communities. The first issue of ‘Pathways to Equity’ was released this week with the goal of helping the Southwest Health Reporting Initiative expand its reach and access to its content.”

New York Times: Covid Vaccines Produced in Africa Are Being Exported to Europe

New York Times: Covid Vaccines Produced in Africa Are Being Exported to Europe. “South Africa is still waiting to receive the overwhelming majority of the 31 million vaccine doses it ordered from Johnson & Johnson. It has administered only about two million Johnson & Johnson shots. That is a key reason that fewer than 7 percent of South Africans are fully vaccinated — and that the country was devastated by the Delta variant. At the same time, Johnson & Johnson has been exporting millions of doses that were bottled and packaged in South Africa for distribution in Europe, according to executives at Johnson & Johnson and the South African manufacturer, Aspen Pharmacare, as well as South African government export records reviewed by The New York Times.”

Route Fifty: Evictions To Impact More Black, Latino Households

Route Fifty: Evictions To Impact More Black, Latino Households. “Nationwide, about 58% of households headed by Black/African American adults rent their homes, as do nearly 52% of Hispanic/Latino adults, according to Pew’s analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. By contrast, 28% of white households and 40% of Asian households live in rental units. Sixty-six percent of U.S. residents age 35 or younger are more likely to rent than other age groups, according to Pew. About 42% of renters are 35 to 44 years old and 32% are 45 to 54 years old.”

University of Utah: How society’s inequalities showed up in COVID outcomes

University of Utah: How society’s inequalities showed up in COVID outcomes. “Racial minorities comprise around a quarter of Utah’s population but represent a third of COVID-19 cases in the state. A similar story has played out across the country. Why have racial minorities been unequally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? Researchers are still working out the answer to this question, but a new study from University of Utah researchers including Daniel Mendoza and Tabitha Benney explores the hypothesis that variation in income and occupational status, on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood scale, may be the reason.”

University of Colorado Denver: CU Denver Professor Powers Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work in Education Through AI Technology

University of Colorado Denver: CU Denver Professor Powers Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work in Education Through AI Technology. “CU Denver STEM Education Professor Geeta Verma has been empowering women and minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields through her National Science Foundation grant and other research activities. Verma has embarked on a new journey and founded a new online platform called LivedXTM. The platform leverages machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to accelerate opportunities for minoritized and marginalized youth.”

Bloomberg: The Woman Who Did Facebook’s Racial Audit Is About to Be Really Busy

Bloomberg: The Woman Who Did Facebook’s Racial Audit Is About to Be Really Busy. “[Laura] Murphy spent most of her career navigating politics and policy, but recently she’s taken her talent to the corporate world, moderating conflicts between companies and advocates who criticize their impact on racial and social justice. She’s emerged as a pioneer of the corporate civil rights audit, a new tool for getting companies to confront their role in perpetuating racial disparities.”

Penn Today: How racial bias can limit internet access for people of color

Penn Today: How racial bias can limit internet access for people of color. “A new study from the Annenberg School for Communication, published in the Journal of Communication, investigates the ways that institutions control who has access to WiFi, and the findings indicate that quality-of-life policing—the report and/or arrest of individuals engaged in nonviolent offenses such as loitering, noise violations, and public intoxication—is used by powerful institutions and privileged people to keep those with less privilege, including people of color, from accessing resources like the internet.”

University of Texas at San Antonio: Three professors use data science to tackle educational inequities for minority students

University of Texas at San Antonio: Three professors use data science to tackle educational inequities for minority students. “Three UTSA professors across disciplines are working together on a project to increase data-based research capacity among higher education institutions that serve a large share of Black and Latinx students.”

StateTech: North Carolina Unveils Digital Equity Office to Help Close Divide

StateTech: North Carolina Unveils Digital Equity Office to Help Close Divide. “Earlier this month, Gov. Roy Cooper today unveiled a new Office of Digital Equity and Literacy, which will spearhead efforts to execute on Cooper’s plan to use about $1.2 billion in American Rescue Plan funds to close the digital divide in the state by 2025. The office will be part of the state’s recently created Division of Broadband and Digital Equity within the North Carolina Department of Information Technology.”

WDBJ: New website tracks traffic stops in Virginia

WDBJ: New website tracks traffic stops in Virginia. “With each traffic stop, state law requires the officer to collect, and the law enforcement agency to report, several pieces of information, including: the race, ethnicity and gender of the person who was stopped, the reason for the traffic stop and whether or not the officer, or the citizen, used physical force. Anyone can view the statistics online, and officials with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services are now analyzing the data collected so far.”

National Archives: National Archives Releases Recommendations from Internal Task Force on Racism

National Archives: National Archives Releases Recommendations from Internal Task Force on Racism. “Last year, as our nation was confronting ongoing issues related to racial justice, Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero established a task force of National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) employees to identify issues of racial inequality in both our customer-facing operations and internally within our workplaces, in pursuit of an equitable and inclusive environment for all employees and customers.”

Exclusive: Years of Theater Diversity Data Now Housed in 1 Place With Launch of Counting Together Website (Backstage)

Backstage: Exclusive: Years of Theater Diversity Data Now Housed in 1 Place With Launch of Counting Together Website. “What is the racial and ethnic makeup of actors hired in theater? How many female playwrights have been produced on Broadway? Previously, if a person wanted the answer to those questions, they would have to use Google and ask other industry professionals. Now, a new website called Counting Together is gathering theater industry reports around gender, race, and disability in theater dating back to 2006 and putting them in one place.”