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New Cleo initiative aims to help Black and BIPOC families navigate healthcare

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Today the employer-based family-benefits platform Cleo announced a slew of new product features aimed at helping working Black and BIPOC-identifying families navigate today’s healthcare system.

Discrimination based on race is nothing new in healthcare, but the pandemic laid bare just how much race impacts a person’s health outcomes. In fact, Black and African American individuals are 1.1 times more likely to catch COVID-19, 2.9 times more likely to be hospitalized for it and 1.9 times more likely to die because of it than white individuals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

“This is not new to Cleo,” Dr. Chitra Akileswaran, cofounder and chief medical officer at Cleo, told MobiHealthNews . “It was always embedded in our care model, but what we’re doing now is really sort of firming up these activities, particularly towards our Black-identifying families and BIPOC families because we know that there have been very recent and ongoing reporting around the detrimental effects of racism in the healthcare system towards these families.”

Understanding these realities, the Cleo leadership team knew they had to do something for the families they support.

“We had to decide for ourselves where this was on the list of priorities for us – […]

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