COVID under the magnifying glass

COVID was supposed to be the great equalizer, but in reality not all of us are affected the same. Vulnerable populations experience higher rates of infection and death, and worse social outcomes. Access to healthcare is not equitable. In this episode we dive into why this is a thing and what we can do about this as providers.

What are you seeing in your hospital? What are you or your systems doing to reduce implicit bias? Send us your answer via on social media, @empulsepodcast, or through our website, And stay tuned for the June 3 Heartbeat on what is it like to work in a hospital in the bronx and lessons learned.

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Dr. Julia Magaña, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis

Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis


Dr. Kara Toles (@kat04747), Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis and the Director of Equity and Inclusion in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Makini Chisholm-Straker, Assist Professor of Emergency Medicine at The Icahn School of Medicine, and works at Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYC


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Miller, H. Navajo Nation 3rd highest “state” per capita infections. Huffpost online May 14, 2020.

Kara, H. The coronavirus pandemic is hitting black and brown Americans especially hard on all fronts. CNN online. May 8, 2020.

Racial Data Transparency: States that have released breakdowns of COVID-19 data by race. Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Accessed on May 16, 2020.

Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Audio Productions for audio production services.

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