The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted underserved communities across the St. Louis region and the United States. Literature on the impact of COVID-19 on underserved communities written by Washington University School of Medicine faculty members are listed below.


Reidhead, M., Johnson-Javois, B., Brown, A., Brinkmann, J., Joynt Maddox, K.E., McBride, T., Porth, L., Long, P., McDowell, V., Stoermer, A., Schmidt, S., Echols, F., Purnell, J., Ross, W.R. The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Black and African American Communities in the St. Louis Region. May 2020.

Mody A, Pfeifauf K, Bradley C, Fox B, Hlatshwayo M, Ross WR, Sanders-Thompson V, Joynt-Maddox K, Reidhead M, Schootman M, Powderly W, Geng E. Understanding Drivers of COVID-19 Racial Disparities: A Population-Level Analysis of COVID-19 Testing among Black and White Populations. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2020.

Letters and Editorials:

Ross, W.R. Our National, State, and Local COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts Needs a Racial Equity Lens. St. Louis American, March 27, 2020.

Ross, W.R. COVID-19 and Black STL New report details impact of pandemic on local African-American community. St. Louis American, May 12, 2020.

Ross, W.R., Echols, F. Racism is a Public Health Crisis: Dealing with COVID-19 Disparities and Police Brutality. St. Louis American, June 4, 2020.

Ross, W. R. COVID-19 Vaccine Provides Opportunity to Dismantle Structural Racism. Washington: The Magazine of Washington University in St. Louis, October 29, 2020.

Brown A, Johnson-Javois B, Kuhn H, Ross WR. Covid-19 paradox – overcoming disparities and vaccine mistrust. St. Louis American, January 28, 2021.

Media Presentations:

Decision to lift stay-at-home orders was not based on epidemiology, says city’s health board chair. St. Louis American May 11, 2020.

 COVID-19 hitting area black children, youth harder than whites. St. Louis American May 27, 2020.