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Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities

The Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities is created by Executive Order No. 2020-55 as an advisory body within the Department of Health and Human Services. 
The Task Force will investigate the causes of racial disparities in the impact of COVID-19, recommend actions to address those disparities, and suggest ways to: 
  • Increase transparency in reporting data regarding the racial and ethnic impact of COVID-19. 
  • Remove barriers to accessing physical and mental health care. 
  • Reduce the impact of medical bias in testing and treatment. 
  • Mitigate environmental and infrastructure factors contributing to increased exposure during pandemics resulting in mortality. 
  • Develop and improve systems for supporting long-term economic recovery and physical and mental health care following a pandemic. 
The Task Force will continue its work until 90 days after the end of the declared states of emergency and disaster, or such other time as the governor identifies. Appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.


Current Members:

 Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist - Chair
DHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel or her designee
Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive 
Brandi Nicole Basket, D.O., Clinton Township
Matthew L. Boulton, M.D., Ann Arbor
Renée Branch Canady, Ph.D., Lansing 
Denise Brooks-Williams, Detroit
Dessa Nicole Cosma, Detroit
Connie Dang, Jenison
Marijata Daniel-Echols, Ph.D., Farmington Hills
Debra Furr-Holden, Ph.D., Flint
Audrey E. Gregory, Ph.D., Franklin
Whitney Griffin, Detroit
Bridget G. Hurd, Southfield  
Curtis L. Ivery, Ph.D., Detroit
Solomon Kinloch Jr., Oakland Township
Jametta Y. Lilly, Detroit
Curtis Lipscomb, Detroit 
Mona Makki, Dearborn
Alycia R. Meriweather, Detroit
Randolph Rasch, Ph.D., East Lansing
Celeste Sanchez Lloyd, Grand Rapids
Jamie Paul Stuck, Scotts
Maureen Taylor, Detroit 
LaChandra White, Allen Park
M. Roy Wilson, M.D., Detroit