The Columbus Metropolitan Club will host a free public forum featuring Columbus health commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts

It should come as no surprise that coronavirus is disproportionately affecting those living in poverty. To address that very issue, the Columbus Metropolitan Club is livestreaming a public forum on Wednesday (April 22) at noon, featuring Columbus health commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Columbus Urban League president/CEO Stephanie Hightower and NBC4 anchor Colleen Marshall.

The CMC describes the event, titled "Special Report: Corona Exposes Disparities," this way: "Like never before, the Coronavirus pandemic is exposing long-discussed disparities in our society that have been fueled by decades-old housing policies, educational inequities, poverty, and racism. The community has wrestled with poverty and affordable housing for years, but those problems are about to become exponentially worse as the economy has ground to a halt and struggles to restart. The longer the shutdown, the longer it takes to restart, the worse it will get. And, what if we have to relive this closing-opening nightmare again and again?  Uncertainly only worsens the situation. How are we as a community addressing these issues? What resources and creativity are being deployed to address the problem and help those caught in this storm?"

Usually, the Columbus Metropolitan Club hosts its reservations-required, paid public forums in the middle of the day on Wednesdays, when it's tough for many to attend. One silver lining of this crisis is that Columbus residents who previously wouldn't be able to finagle a seat at a CMC forum can now tune in to learn more about this timely topic.

You can register for the event to submit questions ahead of time, or just tune in to CMC's YouTube channel.