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Using a Racial Equity Scorecard for Policy and Programs

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26 March 2021
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Using a Racial Equity Scorecard for Policy and Programs

People of color in the United States are more likely to experience hunger and poverty because of structural racism. The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic reflect the impact of structural racism in our country.1 These preexisting inequities have only been amplified by the pandemic, as people of color, particularly African Americans, are both more likely to become infected with the virus; more likely to die if they become ill; more likely to be in jobs considered essential that may require frequent contact with customers or other members of the public; and more likely to lose their jobs.

Fortunately, public policies can be designed in ways that can overcome these disproportionate impacts and reduce structural racism. Applying a “racial equity lens” is a concept and practice focused on achieving equal outcomes for people of color relative to their white counterparts.5 When this lens (which puts the needs and leadership of people of color at the center) is applied to policies and programs, the outcomes should be that progress is made toward eliminating racial inequities.

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