COVID-19 Pandemic: Exacerbating Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Long-Term Services and Supports

Tetyana P. Shippee, Odichinma Akosionu, Weiwen Ng, Mark Woodhouse, Yinfei Duan, Mai See Thao, John R. Bowblis

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What services are available and where racial and ethnic minorities receive long-term services and supports (LTSS) have resulted in a lower quality of care and life for racial/ethnic minority users. These disparities are only likely to worsen during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the pandemic has disproportionately affected racial and ethnic minority communities both in the rate of infection and virus-related mortality. By examining these disparities in the context of the pandemic, we bring to light the challenges and issues faced in LTSS by minority communities with regard to this virus as well as the disparities in LTSS that have always existed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-333
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - Jun 2 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project was funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01-MD010729, PI: Shippee).? Tetyana Shippee also acknowledges funding from the MN Department of Human Services.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020, © 2020 Taylor & Francis.

Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus
  • LTSS
  • disparities
  • quality of care
  • quality of life

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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