Kibo Announces 20% Discount on Technology and Services for All Certified Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses (MWBEs)

  • Immediate company-wide discount applies to full services and technologies for MWBEs across U.S.

  • Kibo to kick off an MWBE certification initiative to help more businesses receive resources they need and deserve

Kibo, the leader in cloud commerce, today announced that it will offer an immediate 20% discount on all products and services to certified Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) in the US that the company is doing business with for the first time. Kibo is making this announcement as part of a larger, long-term strategy to support diversity across the ecommerce industry and in our global communities. Women-owned businesses account for 39% of all privately held firms, while minority-owned businesses make up 15% of the nation’s total, together accounting for more than $2 trillion in revenue. Despite this, MWBEs are often underfunded and lack the same support network as other businesses.

“Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises are part of

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Findings highlight need for anti-outbreak strategies tailored to minority communities — ScienceDaily

A study of around 5.8 million people who receive care from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) found that Black and Hispanic people were substantially more likely than their White counterparts to test positive for COVID-19, although no differences in 30-day mortality were observed between these groups. Christopher Rentsch, Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and VA investigator, worked alongside colleagues from VA sites across the U.S. to present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine on September 22, 2020.

Previous research suggests that people from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds are at greater risk of severe or deadly cases of COVID-19. However, most studies of these disparities have only investigated patients who had already tested positive or who were hospitalized. Understanding disparities in who was tested and whether they tested positive could help inform efforts to reduce the burden of COVID-19

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Another Minority Health Disparity: Patient Matching

WASHINGTON — Here’s a health disparity laid bare by COVID-19 that you might not have expected: patient matching — identification and linking of one patient’s data within and across health systems — is worse for minorities and underserved groups.

A recent survey by OCHIN (formerly the Oregon Community Health Information Network), a national non-profit health information technology provider for 500 care delivery sites, found that:

  • Black patients make up 13% of OCHIN’s population and 21% of duplicate records, almost twice the expected rate
  • Hispanic/Latino patients make up 21% of the population that OCHIN serves, yet they make up 35% of the duplications, for almost twice the expected rate
  • 3% of OCHIN patients have experienced homelessness, but they account for 12% of mismatches and duplicates, or almost three times the expected rate

In addition, Black patients were 2.5 times more likely than non-Hispanic white patients to have a COVID-19 diagnosis in

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