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As COVID-19 pandemic eases, a host of medical challenges remain


Bailey, who is director for the Center for Health Systems Improvement at UTHSC, which receives 25,000 visits annually, says their survey data showed that “less than 25% of low-income people had one or more primary care visits in 2020.” So, the intersection of having a low income, living in a community of color and having one or more chronic health conditions is a setup for health care-related fallout at multiple levels. Morris says most of the population’s chronic health problems— from hypertension to diabetes to obesity— are a “direct result of poverty… and COVID hasn’t helped it.”

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