Advocacy: COVID-19 and Race-Based Data

In collaboration with ten organizations who work with newcomers, racialized communities, and people living in vulnerable conditions, we sent a letter to the Ministry of Health, Alberta Health, and Alberta Health Services advocating for the collection of race-based data and information on other social determinants of health in relation to COVID-19.

Three calls to action with additional context were included in the letter:

  1. Apply a health equity approach to data collection practices; we must acknowledge groups who are facing marginalization and higher rates of morbidity and mortality.

  2. Collect data on social determinants of health, such as race and ethnicity.

  3. Undertake this work with an intersectional lens that acknowledges the complexity of Albertans’ identities. Now, more than ever, we must consider the intersectionality of race and other identity dimensions (such as socioeconomic status and gender) when examining health.

    Click here to read the full letter. 

Signed by:

  • Africa Centre (The Council for Advancement of African Canadians in Alberta)

  • Centre for Race and Culture

  • Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers

  • EndPoverty Edmonton

  • Islamic Family & Social Services Association

  • Multicultural Family Resource Society

  • Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative

  • Nile Valley Foundation

  • Refugee Health Coalition

  • Sickle Cell Foundation of Alberta

  • Somali Canadian Women and Children Association