PA Released Figures on the Coronavirus and Race, but Not Specific Geographic Data. Experts Say That’s a Problem.
April 17, 2020
Sharrelle Barber, ScD, an assistant research professor, and Shiriki K. Kumanyika, PhD, a research professor, both in the Dornsife School of Public Health, were quoted in an April 17 Spotlight PA story that ran in The Philadelphia Inquirer about the importance of releasing coronavirus geographic data.
Kumanyika explained how county-level figures without information on case numbers by zip code or municipality can be problematic.
“We’re not wanting data for the sake of data,” Barber said. “We’re wanting data so we can mitigate this disproportionate impact in certain communities and come up with short- and long-term policy solutions to save lives.”
The story was picked up by Lancaster Online, The Gettysburg Times, The York Dispatch, The Tribune Democrat, and other newspapers across Pennsylvania.