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Communities of Color Hit Hardest by COVID-19 and Lack Trust in Healthcare


Quest’s researchers continue to invest in documenting the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color to help combat health inequities. Below are 2 key studies developed as part of our Health Trends series.

COVID-19 had a greater impact on Black and Hispanic communities, even when controlling for other risk factors

Because few states report COVID-19 testing rates by race/ethnicity, our researchers did an indirect assessment by comparing:

Give it a Shot: The Latest on the Flu & COVID Vaccine

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The latest episode of the American Heart Association’s YouTube show “House Calls” features Ruth Clements, Vice President/General Manager, Infectious Diseases & Immunology and Leader, Quest for Health Equity:

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Quest Diagnostics Receives Coveted Koop Award

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Quest Diagnostics was honored to receive the Koop Award for our employee wellness program.

Quest Diagnostics Participates in the Choose Health Life Black Clergy Conclave

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Quest Diagnostics was honored to collaborate with Choose Health Life and the United Way of New York City on the Choose Healthy Life Black Clergy Conclave. Our CEO Steve Rusckowski joined more than 100 Black clergy, America’s leading health officials, and nonprofit leaders to address COVID-19 in the Black community in an effort to boost testing and discuss additional health resources.

Reducing Health Inequities While Expanding the Pipeline to Create a More Diverse Health Care Workforce

Quest Diagnostics makes more than $3 million commitment to American Heart Association efforts to expand research and mentorship opportunities for Black and Hispanic scholars, and drive hypertension management and COVID-19 relief
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DALLAS, October 8, 2021 /3BL Media/ — The American Heart Association (AHA), the leading public health nonprofit devoted to a world of healthier lives for all -- through a significant commitment from Quest Diagnostics -- has announced an aggressive expansion of several key initiatives designed to reduce health inequities in vulnerable communities while increasing the ranks of diverse health care professionals.

Addressing the Healthcare Needs of Underserved Communities

COVID-19 has revealed the need to address health equity now

Steve Rusckowski is chairman, chief executive officer and president of Quest Diagnostics. In 2020 the company launched Quest for Health Equity (Q4HE), an over $100 million initiative focused on addressing inequities in health care that affect underserved populations across the U.S. Quest serves half of the hospitals and one-third of the U.S. population annually. The company provides results for nearly two million tests daily, ranging from routine testing to breakthrough genetic testing.

Quest for Heath Equity

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We’re highlighting the ongoing efforts to reduce healthcare disparities in underserved communities. In the coming years, our Quest for Health Equity (Q4HE) initiative will continue to provide testing services and information to address critical health issues beyond this pandemic. To learn more:​

Big Night for Quest Diagnostics at United Way of New York City Gridiron Gala

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Quest Diagnostics senior management and leaders of the company’s signature philanthropic initiative, Quest for Health Equity (Q4HE), were on hand at the virtual event to support CEO Steve Rusckowski as he was honored with the organization’s Community Quarterback Award. Quest and Steve were recognized for partnering with UWNYC and Choose Healthy Life to work with Black clergy to provide better access to healthcare, mainly in terms of vaccine awareness and COVID-19 testing in underserved communities.

Over Half of U.S. Children Have Detectable Levels of Lead in Their Blood, Finds Quest Diagnostics Health Trends® Study Published in JAMA Pediatrics

Nationwide analysis of blood lead levels in children under six years of age finds ties between exposure, older homes, and poverty, and race Above-average elevated blood lead levels found in 24 states
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Engaging Student Journalists to Promote Health Awareness


Information is power, helping people to make the right decisions. At Quest, our data reveals insights which empowers better health.  Quest for Health Equity (Q4HE) is also empowering better health by supporting a group of aspiring health journalists.

Healthy NewsWorks (HNW) empowers elementary and middle school students in underserved communities to become researchers, writers, critical thinkers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.


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