What is the potential for public health to combat the pandemic, while reducing health disparities in the process?
In this episode, we speak to Farah Masood, faculty in biostatistics and epidemiology in Southern California to discuss the pandemic, public health measures, the glaring health disparities of the virus, and we have a lively discussion on how public health can play a transformational part in improving the nation's health. Current updates in the news:
Arizona Leads US Growth of New Cases https://azbigmedia.com/business/arizona-leads-u-s-in-growth-of-new-covid-19-cases/
Brazil's President Tests Positive for Coronavirus https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/coronavirus-brazil-bolsonaro-tests-positive/2020/07/07/5fa71548-c049-11ea-b4f6-cb39cd8940fb_story.html International Comparison of COVID-19 Rates and Tests per Capita https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/testing/international-comparison
There is so much misinformation out there, and what is it that we can actually trust? In this episode we speak to Dr. Sajjad Fazel, Public Health Associate at Western University in Calgary, Canada. We hear about the work that Dr. Fazel has been involved in and he also provides information about some questions that still remain during this phase of the pandemic where restaurants, bars, gyms, and other public locations have opened, and in other locations, later closed after the time of this recording due to increasing case numbers.
More information about Dr Sajjad Fazel: http://contacts.ucalgary.ca/info/oncology/profiles/1-9236422
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What is actually required for a nation to become fully COVID-free? In this episode we explore this topic with Dr. Michelle Dickinson, nanoengineer and owner of Nanogirl Labs in New Zealand. We hear about what it's like to live on an island officially declared a COVID-free nation. Dr. Michelle tells us what the magic formula is to creating a COVID-free nation -- where a unified message and a cohesive culture of working together can make all the difference. Instead of the problems of growing rates and counts of the virus, they face new challenges of how to move forward in an outside world where the pandemic continues to ravage the well-being of populations.
Dr. Michelle has a YouTube channel with additional information and videos about how to protect yourself from the virus: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeS5f-t2Mzqfmk9HdLRGuXw
Learn more about Dr. Michelle Dickinson at www.nanogirllabs.com
What is it like to serve in public office in a large and diverse city during the pandemic?
In this episode, we speak to Assemblymember Luz Rivas, who represents Assembly District 39 in the City of Los Angeles, in a region of the San Fernando Valley. This is a region where there is a population of Hispanic/Latinx and Spanish speaking neighborhoods who face the challenges of navigating information, administrative paperwork, and providing essential services to the region. In this interview with Assemblymember Luz Rivas, we hear about how information about public health updates is actively shared with the community.
How has the pandemic impacted your mental health? In this episode, we speak to Dr. Araceli Lopez Arenas, who talks to us about her experiences in mental health counseling therapy during the pandemic, where she often serves the Latinx population in Southern California. We talk about how the pandemic had both positively and negatively impacted mental health, the context of mental health services for Latinx , and also the journey of navigating and accessing mental health services.
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How does COVID-19 relate to the current social justice and national unrest in the United States? In this episode we speak to Sharon H. Chang, photographer, author, and activist in the Pacific Northwest. We discuss health disparities affecting Black and Latinx populations, in addition to stigma and negative perceptions of people of color when wearing protective masks in public during the pandemic. Sharon discusses her current activism photography projects supporting people of color and racial justice. To learn more about Sharon H. Chang, visit sharonhchang.com
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Have you been wondering what COVID-19 pandemic response looks like in Cuba? In this episode we speak to Jiddou Sarkar, a medical student living in Havana, Cuba during the pandemic. We learn about the history of international medical collaboration in Cuba, the regular challenges of accessing resources in an embargoed nation, and the proactive practices of testing and disease control in this nation - which has led to minimal numbers of deaths from the pandemic.
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What exactly is contact tracing and why are people talking about it so much? How does this process help to improve public health? In this episode we speak to Gabriela Calvi, a public health professional tasked with contact tracing for the Spanish speaking population at her county agency in Texas. She tells us about her work as an advocate and podcaster for the Spanish speaking community with her podcast, Buenos Dias Salud, and her work in researching and helping COVID-19 patients track the location where they were infected with the virus. We also discuss health equity and the need for culturally competent and equitable care for patients with all ethnic and language backgrounds.
To learn more about Buenos Dias Salud podcast visit:
What does COVID-19 economic recovery look like when considering the health and status of women? The State of Hawai’i took quick action to provide an answer to this with respect to income inequality and economic security for women and their families, and developed the nation's first feminist economic plan for COVID-19 response. In this episode we speak to Khara Jabola-Carolus and Dr. Kealoha Fox of the Hawai’i Commission on the Status of Women to learn about the background and the goals of this plan for this and many generations forward.
Access the State of Hawai’i Commission on the Status of Women's Feminist Economic Recovery Plan: https://humanservices.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/4.13.20-Final-Cover-D2-Feminist-Economic-Recovery-D1.pdf
Learn more about the Commission: https://humanservices.hawaii.gov/hscsw
In this episode we had the opportunity to speak to an educator living in Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico during this pandemic. We hear about the pandemic spread and its severity disproportionately affecting Native American populations in the region, despite the proactive efforts of state level policy. We also learn about some of the multicultural history and background of the region, in addition to some of its additional challenges of air quality, education and other economic risks adding to the challenges of the pandemic.
The episode was recorded just a few days before the current news about the closure of roads into Gallup at the current time:
In this episode we learn about the measures for protection in Shanghai, China during the pandemic. What is it like to travel from another country into China, and what are quarantine practices like? We had the chance to speak to an international family visiting Thailand for an unexpected extended vacation as the pandemic began, the process of safety protocols on the return to China, and the proactive perspectives of time with family, exercise, and time for kids to connect with friends and classmates online.
In this episode, we hear an account of daily life in Tokyo, Japan during this time of pandemic response. We discuss what working from home, cooking, and social life looks like in this time, as the 2020 Olympics was being considered for postponement. In this interview, we listen to the times changing before our ears (eyes). Living during the pandemic is a dynamic experience with changes almost daily.
In this episode, Dr. April discusses tips for immunocompromised individuals to protect themselves, taking it a level beyond the recommendations of government health organizations.
Dr. April shares her practices of proactive care and what immunocompromised people can do to promote complete social isolation from personal contact with the public, ordering food completely through the internet or phone apps, exercise online or very early, and ordering supplies online with free or minimal shipping costs.
To learn more about Dr April Moreno, visit:
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In Episode 5, we hear from a nurse of a major hospital system in the United States who shares the experience of working for over a decade as a Registered Nurse and the changes that are quickly taking place in policy, culture, and public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss the current state of COVID-19 in New York, and how hospitals in other states must prepare to meet the needs of patients.
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In this episode we pity no fools. This episode addresses the existence of information, misinformation, and missing information in the landscape of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Dr. April discusses current states of denial about the pandemic, in addition to identifying the best places to find reliable information. We also break down the different levels of government for health information, identify research findings, and discuss the utility of Twitter for finding firsthand information.
WHO - World Health Organization:
CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Episode 3: Doing the Unpopular Thing.
In this episode we speak to Amy Cancryn, an American business owner and co-host of the What's Tha' Point podcast, living in Spain, sharing information about her experience living abroad during the COVID-19 national shutdown. She talks about the unpopular decision she needed to make to take her child out of school during the pandemic before the school officially shut down. Amy also tells us a bit about the public health system and practice taking place for COVID, and the first clinical trial for a vaccine in Spain.
Coronavirus Vaccine Clinical Trial News:
Amy Cancryn is an author and business owner in Barcelona.She and her husband host the What's Tha' Point? Podcast:
Episode 2: Acceptance vs. Fear in Italy with Donna Brown
What is it like to live in Italy during a pandemic lockdown? In this episode we speak to Donna Brown who is a business specialist living in Italy. Donna shares the current environment in Italy during the lockdown, and what the COVID-19 pandemic has been like in Italy and Europe. Donna also talks about the importance of acceptance and awareness at this time.
More about Donna Brown:
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Episode 1: What is actually going on? Why has response been lagging?
In this episode, Dr. April presents the introductory discussion on what information that has been provided, and the questions that continue to remain.
Sources for Official Information:
The World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov
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Welcome to the introductory episode of COVID-19 PPC (Public Health, Policy, and Culture).
As of late March 2020, several countries and several states in the United States are on stay-at-home orders. Many of us are now technically in social or spatial isolation as each location works on containing the virus and getting past a peak in infections, to control and bring down these numbers.
Many of us are seeking real-life information about the daily impacts and effects of this pandemic in daily life, and desire hearing real stories that don’t make the news. We seek to learn and hear from other countries living through this historic time, and to hear what we can learn from each other.
In this environment, the COVID-19 PPC podcast was born.
Public Health: Thanks to this pandemic, many people will understand the importance of public health as a discipline. We provide some insights into the world of public health and how researchers and practitioners work to serve the health of the public.
Policy: We discuss the role of the World Health Organization, federal government, state and local public agencies in controlling the spread of this virus.
Culture: As a world, we are all in this together. Government officials, health care practitioners, researchers, and our global neighbors. Sharing real-life accounts of working, serving, and living through the pandemic.
Through interviews with people living in various parts of the world in this pandemic, we hear about their daily activities, thoughts, concerns and the ways they practice self-care and wellness. We hear their perspectives, advice, and messages to the world.
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