Challenges in Ensuring Equity In the Study and Treatment of ME/CFS and Long Covid
December 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PST
Co-presented by Peter Rowe, MD (Professor of Pediatrics, Director, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Chronic Fatigue Clinic) and Camille Broussard, MD, MPH (Assistant Professor in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine), this webinar will explore the dissonant results of epidemiologic studies that suggest Latinx and Black individuals have a higher risk of ME/CFS and Long Covid than Whites, while ME/CFS and Long Covid clinic populations in different countries are disproportionately composed of White individuals. We will look at the course of one young Black ME/CFS patient, Jailyn Mercadel, RN, and hear from her about her experiences with the healthcare system. Dr. Broussard will then lead a discussion of the possible causes of the dissonant clinical and epidemiological findings, and make suggestions for a more equitable approach to studies and clinical care.