COVID 19 and Health Equity

The Middlesex-London Health Unit reports that the current risk of COVID-19 transmission in Middlesex-London continues to be very high.

Racial and socio-economic disparities in COVID-19 infection, hospitalization, and mortality have been documented in London, Ontario, as well as in Canada and abroad.

Social determinants of health (SDOH), such as gender, socioeconomic position, race, ethnicity, occupation, Indigeneity, homelessness and incarceration, are factors that potentially increase the risk and severity of COVID-19 infection.

Gender, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, occupation, Indigeneity, homelessness, and incarceration are examples of social determinants of health (SDOH) that may enhance the likelihood and severity of COVID-19 infection. Incorporating SDOH into risk considerations and assessments is crucial for supporting an equitable COVID-19 response.

Available Training

Take the Public Health Ontario Health Equity Impact Assessment course to understand how to measure the impact of SDOH in your community and learn how to use the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Health Equity Impact Assessment tool.

COVID-19 Key Research Articles

Please visit Coronavirus Synopsis of Key Articles to find detailed reviews on how COVID-19 inequities have manifested in other jurisdictions. These articles offer insight into how various populations have been impacted by COVID-19. These can help support decision-making and program development to improve health equity.