IMPACT ESSEX COUNTY OVERVIEW
2020 was an unprecedented year, with the coronavirus pandemic and rising awareness of racial injustice commanding attention at the national, state and local levels. The data in this report for the most part does not reflect the impact of the pandemic, as it was released during 2020.
However, this report has been expanded to place a new focus on racial equity and to provide additional context for the racial disparities we report. In a new Racial Equity section of the Impact Essex County website, we discuss how historic and current policies shaped the systems and structures that continue to produce wide disparities in indicators of well-being for different racial and ethnic groups.
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