For Immediate Release

April 7, 2020

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Debbie Veney

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Hosts Discussion On COVID-19 Health Disparities During “Let’s Talk Tuesday”

This week’s “Let’s Talk Tuesdays” webinar convenes a panel of African American physicians who specialize in emergency medicine, infectious diseases, health law and healthcare policy

BALTIMORE —Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives representing Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, will host a webinar about the disproportionately high infection and mortality rates African Americans face as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic. This free webinar is open to the public and will create an opportunity for them to gain valuable information and ask questions of the expert panel.

“The people of the 7th District need real talk about how this deadly virus is especially harmful to the African American community,” said Cummings. “We need information we can trust, so let’s talk to doctors who understand our community.”

“Very few places are tracking the racial breakdown of COVID-19 cases. Among those that are, there is a troubling trend and I want to make sure my community is informed. I hope we can avoid the outcomes we are seeing in other areas around the country. In Milwaukee County, for example, African Americans are only about 25% of the population, yet they make up almost half the cases and 81% of the deaths. In nearby Illinois, the COVID-19 virus is also killing African Americans at alarmingly high rates. Only 23% of Cook County residents are African American and they account for nearly 60% of COVID-19 deaths,” she added.

Cummings will be joined by a group of esteemed panelists including medical doctors with expertise in healthcare research, infectious disease, emergency medicine and healthcare policy.

What: “Let’s Talk Race, Heath and Disparities & COVID-19”  — a free webinar hosted by Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings with African American health care experts

When: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Who:  Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, candidate for U.S. Congress

Dr. Virginia Caine, professor of medicine and infectious diseases, Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Daniel Dawes, director of the Satcher Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine

Dr. Melissa Clarke, author, speaker and emergency medicine physician

Where: Register:


Dr. Cummings has a long record of advocating for high quality healthcare access for all, especially those who have been underserved. She supports a universal, single-payer national health plan. She believes all people should have an opportunity to receive affordable healthcare that includes dental and vision, preventative services, addiction treatment, and reproductive and mental health services. If elected to Congress, she will sponsor legislation, work to turn it into law, and then collaborate to ensure it is properly implemented at the state and local levels. 

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is a candidate for U.S. Congress. Her vision of HOPE for Baltimore City, Howard County, and Baltimore County includes: Healthy and safe communities, Opportunities for youth, Prosperous families, and Equitable development. She will stand up to Donald Trump and anyone else who stands in the way of her fight to secure a fair and inclusive future for all people. Maryland’s Democratic primary will take place on April 28th, 2020.



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