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Ruqaiijah Yearby

Ruqaiijah Yearby

Ruqaiijah Yearby is a full professor and member of the Center for Health Law Studies at Saint Louis University School of Law. She is also co-founder and executive director of Saint Louis University’s Institute for Healing Justice and Equity. She is co-principal investigator of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant entitled, “Are Cities and Counties Ready to Use Racial Equity Tools to Influence Policy?” Using empirical data, her research explores the ways in which discrimination prevents vulnerable communities from attaining equal access to quality health care, resulting in health inequities.

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Meatpacking plants have been deadly COVID-19 hot spots – but policies that encourage workers to show up sick are legal

By: - February 28, 2021

Working in meatpacking plants has always been dangerous. A recent study shows that it became deadlier in the era of COVID-19, even as company profits soared. This analysis, published in December 2020, estimates that 6%-8% of all COVID-19 cases and 3%-4% of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. through July 21, 2020, were tied to meat […]