IMPACT | S2 | Ep 5 | Tackling social issues to improve health for diverse communities
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When you protect vulnerable communities, you protect the whole community.

That firm belief prompted CQUniversity Public Health academic Dr William Mude to investigate how COVID-19 was impacting different racial communities differently. 

His global study found that in western countries, the prevalence of coronavirus cases was 156 per cent higher among black people than in the white community, and 154 per cent higher among Hispanic people, and 104 per cent higher for other non-white racial groups. 

Dr Mude tells IMPACT that governments must address social disparities to improve these health gaps, and argues the value-for-money approach to public health spending is failing minority communities.  

You can read Dr Mude's study here.

IMPACT is CQUniversity's research podcast, exploring ground-breaking research projects, and their real world impacts. For more information visit

In the spirit of reconciliation, CQUniversity recognises this episode was recorded and produced on the Traditional lands of the Gimuy Walubara Yindinji and Yirrigandji in Cairns, and the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation in Melbourne.

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