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By Chuck Chandler
Former Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin said Thursday that the pandemic has reinforced the inequality of health and health care in the U.S., as Blacks, Hispanics and the poor have suffered from the coronavirus at a greater rate than other Americans.
Benjamin was a keynote speaker during the five-day BIO Alabama annual conference that ended Friday. She spoke via Zoom for about 45 minutes from the BayouClinic she founded in 1987 in Bayou La Batre.
“We have to change the way we think about health in this country,” said Benjamin, who was the nation’s top doctor from 2009 to 2013. “And that calls for the nation to take a more holistic and integrated approach to community health. Everything from safe highways and worksite wellness programs, to clean air and healthy food. And nothing has really made that more evident and more clear than what we see now during COVID-19.”
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