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Beyond COVID-19: Closing the Racial Health Gap


The coronavirus pandemic affects women’s health in a multitude of ways. In addition to the threat to women’s physical health, COVID-19 and its ramifications are creating burdens on women that negatively influence their mental, emotional, social, and financial health as well. In these challenging times, SWHR is committed to continuing our work to raise awareness about issues impacting women’s health. On this webpage, you will find original content from SWHR as well as information from reliable, evidence-based sources.

Women’s Health

In pandemic times, Black maternal health is more important than ever.

NBC News, April 14, 2021

The current health care crisis for pregnant Black women has resulted in inadequate in-person prenatal care, limited assistance in childbirth, and increase economic anxiety, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Study finds Black women are dying from COVID-19 at three times the rate of both White and Asian men.
19th News, April 6, 2021
Women’s Experiences with Health Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Findings from the KFF Women’s Health Survey
Kaiser Family Foundation, March 22, 2021
Long COVID: The Impact on Women and Ongoing Research
SWHR, March 18, 2021
Young women of color are more likely to get covid than their peers. Here’s why that might be.
The Lily, March 12, 2021

Sex Differences

Kaiser Health News, April 12, 2021

Women make up 75% of the healthcare workforce and education, sectors prioritized for initial COVID-19 vaccines. As vaccine eligibility expands to all adults, sex differences continue to persist.

Women Report Worse Side Effects After a Covid Vaccine.
New York Times, March 8, 2021
SWHR Comments on Sex & Gender Considerations in NIH-Wide COVID-19 Strategic Plan
SWHR Blog, December 8, 2020
Guiding Principles: Sex and gender influences in COVID-19 and the health of women
NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health
Is Sex Discrimination in Medical Research Thwarting a Cure for COVID?


COVID-19: More Research Needed on Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes

SWHR, April 13, 2021

Pregnant individuals appear to be at higher risk for developing more severe cases of COVID-19, but research is still in the early stages so the full impact of the disease on pregnant women and their babies is not yet fully known.

Maternal Mortality Surged Ahead of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the U.S.
U.S. News & World Report, April 1, 2021
Vaccinated mothers pass covid antibodies to babies in utero and through breastmilk, early studies show.
Washington Post, March 22, 2021
How the COVID stimulus bill could help fight pregnancy-related death
19th News, March 15, 2021
Why Black Women Are Rejecting Hospitals in Search of Better Births
New York Times, March 11, 2021

Mental Health

Mental Health Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Update.

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), April 14, 2021

According to KFF’s COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor,  those hit the hardest by the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been younger people and women, including mothers.

Coronavirus Has Created A ‘Mental Health Crisis’ For Pregnant People, According To New Study.
Forbes, March 25, 2021

Brain fog, fatigue and chronic stress — 53% of U.S. women are burned out. Here’s how to cope

CNBC, March 10, 2021
America’s Mothers Are in Crisis
New York Times, February 4, 2021
Trends in US Emergency Department Visits for Mental Health, Overdose, and Violence Outcomes Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic
JAMA Network, February 3, 2021

Domestic Violence

Biden’s Aid Package Funnels Millions to Victims of Domestic Abuse

New York Times, March 18, 2021

President Biden’s recent passing of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package includes funds for groups committed to reducing domestic violence, which increased dramatically during the pandemic, as well as vouchers for women fleeing domestic violence.

House Renews Landmark Domestic Violence Bill, but Obstacles Wait in Senate
New York Times, March 17, 2021
They Fled Domestic Violence in a Pandemic. Then Came the Winter Storm.
Marie Claire, February 22, 2021
Domestic Violence is a Pandemic Within the COVID-19 Pandemic
Time Magazine, February 3, 2021


Could the Pandemic Prompt an ‘Epidemic of Loss’ of Women in the Sciences?

New York Times, April 13, 2021

In the midst of the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and worrying about child care, several studies have found that women in STEMM have published fewer papers, conducted fewer clinical trials, and received less recognition for their work.

The pandemic has highlighted many challenges for mothers, but they aren’t necessarily new.
Pew Research Center, March 17, 2021
The Costly, Painful, Lonely Burden of Care
New York Times, March 16, 2021
Mothers Are Regaining Jobs, Even While Shouldering Pandemic Burdens at Home
New York Times, March 4, 2021

Pandemic Response


STAT News, March 25, 2021

By diagnosing the issues and lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress, in a rare display of bipartisanship, is preparing for legislation to help prevent any potential global pandemic.

Melinda Gates urges Biden to put women at center of COVID-19 response
ABC News, March 10, 2021
Biden promises enough coronavirus vaccine for ‘every adult in America’ by the end of May
Washington Post, March 2, 2021

Testing & Treatment

New York Times, April 14, 2021

Emerging research of ‘vaccinated breast milk’ suggests infants who drink the milk, could protect them from COVID-19 infection. Now, mothers who have additional breast milk are donating it to friends and some are trying relactation.

New study finds 1 in 3 U.S. mothers don’t plan to vaccinate their children.
19th News, March 31, 2021
Vaccine studies are expanding. That’s good news for children, pregnant women and those over 65.
Washington Post, March 19, 2021
People of Color Continue to Be Underrepresented in Research on New Drugs
SWHR, March 9, 2021
Vice President Kamala Harris emphasizes speed and equity in response to the COVID-19 crisis
19th News, February 11, 2021

Upcoming Events

May 6

The International Society of Gender Medicine aims to promote gender medicine in research, education and patient care.

The Health of Women 2021: COVID-19 & Mental Health Session
July 16
VCU Institute for Women’s Health