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Resource Title: How Social Workers Can Tackle Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Nursing Homes during COVID-19

Publication Title: COVID-19 Rapid Response Network for Nursing Homes (Institute for Healthcare Improvement)

Publish Date: July 28, 2020

Nursing homes serving predominantly non-white residents are more likely to be located in predominantly non-white neighborhoods and to draw staff from those neighborhoods.  Many workers within nursing homes also share many of the same vulnerabilities experienced in the communities where COVID-19 is most prevalent such as staff members who:

Live in predominantly non-white, low-income neighborhoods
Live in families and communities with other essential workers who are unable to work at home and practice social isolation
Are more likely to be sick, to have caregiving responsibilities for children or other family members, and to be facing financial hardship
Find that lack of paid sick leave, fear of job loss, or a sense of dedication when staff are desperately needed may lead to coming to work sick

What can we do? Work to dismantle and eradicate racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and other root causes of systemic inequities by:

Giving voice to propose and implement solutions from those most proximal to the inequity Including health equity as a focus of quality improvement endeavors
Drawing upon nursing home social workers who are trained in cultural humility to understand the social determinants of health.
Involving social workers in training and supporting other staff members

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How Social Workers Can Tackle Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Nursing Homes during COVID-19

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