Chicago Hospitals Asked to Support Racial Equity Efforts

May 6, 2020

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently established the Racial Equity Rapid Response Team (RERRT) initiative – a data-driven, community-based, and community-driven mitigation of COVID-19 illness and death in Black and LatinX communities. Mayor Lightfoot and RERRT are urging Chicago-based hospital and healthcare providers to participate in this initiative.

Participants are asked to provide contact information to the team by May 8, with communications beginning May 15. Details are outlined in a memo. A presentation outlines suggested practices to support.

Mayor Lightfoot announced today that SEIU Local 1, UNITE HERE Local 1, and the Construction and General Laborers’ District Council of Chicago and Vicinity will work with the RERRT to protect essential workers and address inequities across the city.

According to the Mayor’s press release, the number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases throughout Chicago continues to increase, and over the past month the data show an increasingly disproportionate impact on the Latinx community. In early April, the Latinx population represented 14% of cases and 9% of deaths. However, new data now show Latinx Chicagoans represent 37% of cases and 25% of deaths.