Three months after the coronavirus disease outbreak in the United States was declared a national emergency, there have been 1.6 million confirmed cases with more than 95,087 deaths. Although the CDC says the effects of COVID-19 on the health of racial and ethnic minority groups are still emerging, current data suggest a disproportionate burden of illness and death among racial and ethnic minority groups. This week, Tennessee State University launched an institutional response to the current pandemic.
The COVID-19 Academy at Tennessee State University (TSU) is the first of its kind established by a historically black university. According to TSU News Service, the academy will conduct webinars on outreach, community preparedness, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and small business development, as well as continuing education for healthcare professionals.