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COVID-19 makes racial health disparities more pronounced in Chattanooga

The latest data about a new disease is underlining the decades-old saying.

“When white people catch a cold, Black people catch the flu,” said LaDarius Price, community outreach specialist at Cempa Community Care. “That’s the absolute reality for a lot of us.”

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Price spent years working to address health inequalities in the community, such as access to fresh food and mental health care. His job, as he described it, was to help people who look like him have the same opportunities for healthy life as millions of other Americans.

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