The House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing on Monday to discuss racial inequities in health, education and the workforce during the coronavirus pandemic.
Watch the hearing in the video player above.
Data on coronavirus cases in the United States are incomplete and congressional lawmakers are pushing for better tracking of racial disparities. A recent CDC report determined that black patients accounted for 33 percent of 580 COVID-19–associated hospitalizations in March, despite making up about 13 percent of the national population. The COVID tracking project determined that black people make up 23 percent of virus deaths in the country. Latinos also represent a disproportionate number of virus infections and deaths, including in places like Washington, D.C., Oregon, Iowa and Florida.
On Monday, House lawmakers heard from Camara P. Jones, adjunct professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University; Valerie Rawlston Wilson, director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy at the Economic Policy Institute; Avik Roy, co-founder and president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity; and John B. King, Jr., president and CEO of The Education Trust.