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Racial Disparities in Nursing Facilities—and How to Address Them

November 14, 2022

This webinar took place on Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. PT/ 2:00pm ET

Recent years have seen an increased—and overdue—focus on structural racism within the United States. Like any American institution, the U.S. system of long-term services and supports (LTSS), including nursing facilities, is not immune from structural racism. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw an unacceptable number of deaths in nursing facilities, especially among older adults of color. 

To discuss these systemic inequities in long-term care facilities and solutions to improve them, Justice in Aging is offering a webinar to provide an overview of key findings from a new issue brief, Racial Disparities in Nursing Facilities—and How to Address Them

In this webinar, Racial Disparities in Nursing Facilities—and How to Address Them, we will cover:

  • A brief overview of the current state of structural racism in nursing facilities
  • A review of key findings from relevant research on racial disparities in nursing facilities on the topics of admissions, hospitalization of residents, staffing, quality measures, COVID-19 infections and deaths.
  • An overview of five policy recommendations to improve Medicaid long-term care to meet the needs of older adults more equitably

Who Should Participate:
Aging and disability advocates working with individuals in long-term care and nursing facilities

Eric Carlson, Director, Long-Term Services and Supports Advocacy, Justice in Aging 
Gelila Selassie, Senior Attorney, Justice in Aging

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