WEBINAR: AMA Health Officer to speak on ‘Surviving the Pandemic’

Equality Health

Dr. Karen Aletha Maybank, the American Medical Association’s First-Ever Equity Health Officer, to be Guest Speaker on “Surviving the Pandemic” Webinar

She joins Black Arizona COVID-19 Task Force and Equality Health in conversation around keeping African American community safe from the coronavirus

What: In this second of a four-part webinar series, the Black Arizona COVID-19 Task Force and Equality Health continue their collaboration to provide COVID-19 specific information, education, and community resources to Arizona’s African American community. Led by healthcare experts, each webinar discusses how COVID-19 is impacting the Black community and what to do to keep each other and our families safe.

Joining this week’s webinar is Dr. Karen Aletha Maybank, Equity Health Officer with the American Medical Association and a board-certified physician in both pediatrics and preventive medicine/public health. Dr. Maybank will discuss:

  • The public health impact of COVID-19 in America’s Black community
  • Why testing is critical in assessing exposure of COVID-19
  • New era of  virtual physician care
  • Additional public health initiatives that must be taken

Who can attend: Anyone interested in the public health issue of COVID-19’s impact on African Americans and measures to protect the Black Community during the current pandemic and future viral outbreaks.

When: Three remaining webinars in the series, happening every other Friday. Reserve your seat today for one or more spots on:

  • May 8, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm Pacific
  • May 22, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm Pacific
  • June 5, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm Pacific


“As governors are poised to re-open their economies there’s still much to learn about the novel Coronavirus. Have you been exposed, how strong is your immunity to fight recurrence, how long will existing immunity last, and how critical is antibody testing? If you are African American, these answers are even more concerning given the disproportionate rates of infection and fatality in different cities and states,” noted Charlene Tarver, Chair, Black AZ COVID-19 Task Force.

She added, “We’re grateful to have Dr. Maybank join us in discussion about navigating the pandemic, which includes the ability to access virtual care and testing.”

Edmond Baker, MD and Medical Director with Equality Health also commented.

“A longstanding disparity in access to quality healthcare is a driver of disparity in COVID-19 outcomes. This next webinar will explore, among other topics, how we open up access to connect more African Americans to more doctors, including black doctors. That is a vital part of the solution to improving our community’s long-term health,” Baker concluded.

Equality Health, LLC is a Phoenix-based whole-health delivery system focused on improving access, quality, and member trust. Through a value-based care technology and community resources platform, culturally competent provider network and population-specific care model, Equality Health helps managed care plans and health systems improve care for diverse populations while simultaneously making the transition to risk-based accountability.

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