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COVID-19: Public Health, Policy, and Culture

COVID-19: Public Health, Policy, and Culture

By Dr. April Moreno
Information about COVID-19 from a public health, policy, and cultural approach in a way that is translatable to the public.
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Episode 20: Interview with Jorge Caballero MD on the COVID Testing Challenge

COVID-19: Public Health, Policy, and Culture

Episode 41: The Omicron Variant and Disability Issues
In this episode we discuss Covid19, the Omicron variant, and the emerging rates of disability caused by the phenomenon of long haul COVID health concerns. Other news updates: COVID Hospitalizations and kids: ADA Guidance on “Long COVID” as a Disability Under the ADA, Section 504, and Section 1557.
January 03, 2022
Episode 40: Long-COVID and Pandemic Misinformation - Interview with Caroline Orr-Bueno
Caroline Orr-Bueno is a researcher in cognitive security and in this episode we discuss the pandemic, the experience of Long COVID, and some of the misinformation that is currently out there. More awareness of the symptoms of long COVID still need to be addressed in the medical community and we hope that this episode increases this awareness.
December 14, 2021
Episode 39: Disinformation in Latin America - Interview with Leah Varjacques of VICE News
In this interview, we learn about the types of disinformation and created pseudoscience being heard and followed by some populations in Latin America. In particular we speak to Leah Varjacques of VICE News about her documentary work in Argentina and Bolivia and the rumors that are heard and believed about COVID vaccines. We also discuss the importance of advocacy and policy to address more accurate information for health and safety during the pandemic. Follow VICE on Twitter: @VICENews and @VICEWorldNews Learn more about the VICE News documentaries about the pandemic and disinformation in Latin America COVID Misinformation is Running Rampant Online and it's Worse in Spanish: COVID Misinformation Has People Injecting Bleach:
November 03, 2021
Episode 38: Becoming a Public Health Leader to Address Misinformation - Interview with Dr. Meena Bewtra
Who is a public health leader, and how can public health leaders advocate for correct health information?  In this very important episode, we speak to Dr. Meena Bewtra MD, PhD, MPH, who is a specialist in IBD and professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bewtra shares important information on how everyone has the ability to be a public health leader, and that community voices are the most trusted and important of all during this pandemic as we work to address misinformation. Your voice can help to control the pandemic and save your loved ones from serious COVID-related illness. Dr. Bewtra is on Twitter at @drsmeena . Learn more about our podcast at and on Instagram @covid19ppc Are you interested in learning how to build your podcast to get your resume noticed, build your health message, and connect with others in public health? Join the Public Health Podcast Network:
October 17, 2021
Episode 37: The Landscape of K-12 Pandemic Policy for Children and their Families with Dr. Bess Williamson
As schools reopen for the fall, off and on after 18 months in some cases, there is still much uncertainty about how schools are responding to the pandemic. There are changing quarantine and vaccine guidelines, and the current lack of vaccine access at this time for children. Dr. Bess Williamson shares information on the school landscape for children at school in Chicago and the continuing policy needs, concerns and messaging available to children, parents, and families. Dr. Bess Williamson is an Associate Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design.  Bess is on Twitter at @besswww References: K-12 Schools and Child Care Guidance Supporting Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Maximizing In-Person Learning and Implementing Effective Practices for Students in Quarantine and Isolation Will COVID cases in Chicago schools force your child to quarantine? Here’s a handy flowchart
October 03, 2021
Episode 36: The Policy Patchwork of COVID Prevention and its Impacts
In this episode, we discuss the various guidelines and patchwork of policies in various public-facing sectors such as schools, hotels, and restaurants and their inconsistencies. We discuss: -The difference between guidelines (such as CDC quarantine guidance) -The differing policies for schools and their return to campus for testing and vaccine verification -The unclear herd immunity percentage goal for COVID -Hotel policies and surface cleaning but hardly a mention of air filtration of this airborne pandemic -How bartenders, waitresses, etc. in the service industry have had to become public health policy enforcers for the businesses Difference Between Guideline and Policy: CDC Guidelines for Quarantine: University Guidelines for Vaccine Verification: University of California system: SDCCD 7 day testing requirement: Why Herd Immunity for COVID May Not Be Possible: Caesars Resorts COVID Policies: Hilton Clean Stay: I Loved Being a Bartender but COVID Turned My Job into a Nightmare I Couldn't Bear: Learn more about the Public Health Podcast Network, a community of professionals and academics in the public health space leveraging podcasting for health communication.
September 07, 2021
Episode 35: The Limitations of Public Health
Public health agencies are doing their work to the best of their abilities but is this enough? In this episode we discuss the abilities and the limitations of public health agencies. We discuss the new CDC guidance, breakthrough cases and children hospitalized and unprotected from COVID. We also discuss the culture of reactive vs. proactive public health work, and the potential for researchers and grassroots organizations to take action where government cannot. News References: Newest CDC guidance: Breakthrough Cases and the Delta Variant: South Florida Children's Hospitals Report Uptick in COVID Cases: Proactive Leadership vs. Reactive Leadership:,a%20vision%20of%20the%20future.&text=Reactive%20leadership%20means%20that%20leaders,happening%20before%20making%20any%20decision Learn more about the Public Health Podcast Network and get connected to your public health career development with podcasting as your tool for outreach:
July 31, 2021
Episode 34 Parenting and Schooling in Canada During the Pandemic
In this episode we speak to our friend Christie Lazo of the Vida With Christie Podcast, north of our border in Toronto, Canada about the current environment of dealing with the pandemic and navigating schooling for her daughter. We discuss the political, legislative, and educational climate during the 3rd wave of the pandemic. We also discuss the waiting period of hoping to get the COVID vaccine and what that process has been like. Learn more about Christie at and on the various social media platforms @vidawithchristie Introductory References: Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C): Breakthrough Case Reports Summary in the United States: Interested in having us speak at your organization about the pandemic? Contact us for information on how we can speak to your university or other organization:
July 19, 2021
Episode 33: The Socioeconomic Impacts of COVID in Santiago, Chile with Dr. Pamela P Martinez
Although in some countries things have reopened and people feel ready to live in a post-COVID society, unfortuntately this is not yet the case. In Latin America we are seeing COVID hotspots from a global perspective and the socioeconomic impact of the pandemic is clearly emerging. Professor Pamela P. Martinez, Assistant Professor of Microbiology of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shares her recent findings on socioeconomic disparities and lives impacted by COVID-19 in Santiago, Chile. Abstract from Dr. Martinez's recent publication: The COVID-19 pandemic has affected cities particularly hard. Here, we provide an in-depth characterization of disease incidence and mortality and their dependence on demographic and socioeconomic strata in Santiago, a highly segregated city and the capital of Chile. Our analyses show a strong association between socioeconomic status and both COVID-19 outcomes and public health capacity. People living in municipalities with low socioeconomic status did not reduce their mobility during lockdowns as much as those in more affluent municipalities. Testing volumes may have been insufficient early in the pandemic in those places, and both test positivity rates and testing delays were much higher. We find a strong association between socioeconomic status and mortality, measured by either COVID-19-attributed deaths or excess deaths. Finally, we show that infection fatality rates in young people are higher in low-income municipalities. Together, these results highlight the critical consequences of socioeconomic inequalities on health outcomes. More about Dr. Martinez: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Learn more about podcasting for public health! Join the Public Health Podcast Network:
June 23, 2021
Episode 32: Public Health Practice and Population Health
Despite many months into the pandemic, do you still feel unclear about what public health is and what public health is designed to do? Do you know what epidemiology is, and how this field of study saves lives during epidemics and pandemics? There is still a wealth of confusion as it relates to what public health is and how it differs from emergency medicine or clinical care in general. In this episode, Dr. April Moreno shares more information about public health and how it differs from the field of medicine, in addition, how it frequently differs from population health as well. In this episode you will learn more about public health and the reasons for why both public health and emergency medicine are crucial in controlling the global COVID-19 pandemic. More About John Snow, GIS, Epidemiology and Cholera: CDC: 10 Essential Public Health Services (Revised 2020): CDC: Who Are Epidemiologists?,to%20be%20%E2%80%9CDisease%20Detectives%E2%80%9D. CDC: What is Population Health: AHA: What Is Population Health Management: The Public Health Podcast Network: Are you a public health podcaster or professional seeking career development and mentorship in public health communications? Join the Public Health Podcast Network, a community of professionals in community, global, and environmental health podcasting. Available for Workshops and Lectures: We are available to speak at your university or group about the power of podcasting for health equity. Contact april at for more information.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
June 03, 2021
Episode 31: Disparities in Vaccine Distribution and Pandemic Health Outcomes - Interview with Kristin Urquiza
In this episode, we interview Kristin Urquiza, co-founder of Marked by COVID, to discuss the disparities in race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status (SES) and lack of access to testing and vaccinations in Phoenix, Arizona. We also discuss public health and the continuing mistrust in pandemic guidance as well as the work that continues to be needed for advocacy, support services and national acknowledgement of the lasting trauma and impacts of the COVID pandemic. Learn more about the work of Kristin and Marked By COVID on the website and donate to support their crucial work at The Public Health Podcast Network: Are you a public health podcaster or professional seeking career development and mentorship in public health communications? Join the Public Health Podcast Network, a community of professionals in community, global, and environmental health podcasting. Available for Workshops and Lectures: We are available to speak at your university or group about the power of podcasting for health equity. Contact april at for more information. 
May 15, 2021
Episode 30: Interview with Melissa Talwar on PPE and Getting Through the Pandemic
In this episode we chat with Melissa Talwar of Support Fibromyalgia about PPE and getting through the pandemic. We share some of our favorite PPE gear and Melissa shares some of the PPE technology from around the world.  The first 35 minutes were done as a simultaneous IG live discussion and the audio was echoey; however, the second half of the interview has a clearer sound. In the second half of the episode we discuss the pandemic and how to prepare for the next one. Learm more about Melissa and her organization at Some of our favorite PPE: Halomask with 20% discount link:
April 26, 2021
Episode 29: Vaccine Appointment Assistance in the United States (Interview with Katelyn Hertel of Vaccine Fairy)
As the COVID vaccines continue to become available around the world and in the United States, access to appointments have been challenging for the elderly, disabled, and individuals speaking other languages. But there are community efforts available to serve individuals who need appointments. We speak to Katelyn Hertel of Vaccine Fairy who shares information about her new nonprofit organization of volunteers who work around the clock to find vaccine appointments across the country. Learn more about serving as a volunteer or getting help with appointments at their website:
April 05, 2021
Episode 28: Bilingual Episode on Vaccine Acceptance in the Latinx Community with Marilena Grittani
This is a special bilingual episode in English and Spanish with Marilena Grittani, clinical pharmacist, who shares the importance of clear information and messaging to support the Latinx/Hispanic community with questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine. Marilena shares information about the history of the vaccine, how it works, and why it is important to get the vaccine to protect ourselves and our communities who have been disproportionately affected by the damages to population health. Learn more about Marilena on Instagram at @thelegaldrugdealerpodcast and @controlandotupropiasalud
March 20, 2021
Episode 27: Introduction to Season 2 of the COVID-19 PPC Podcast
In this episode, Dr. April shares the new chapter of the international drama of the COVID 19 pandemic. Since Season 1 we have seen a clearer understanding of how the virus works, and are seeing the best development so far in the form of vaccines. But the story is still not over as we face new variants, some of which are of concern. New Covid Variants Learn more about Dr. April Moreno, public health strategist, at Listen to other episodes at
March 08, 2021
Episode 26 - September Roundup: COVID-Detecting Dogs, Mask Judgement, and the Promise of the T Cell
In the September 2020 Roundup, Dr. April discusses recent case growth in Florida and New York, the phenomenon of "mask-shaming" and mask judgement, the COVID-Detecting Dogs at Helsinki Airport and in Dubai,  and the conversations on preexisting immunity to COVID-19 as well as the promise of T Cell research to help solve COVID mysteries. References: Florida Governor Lifts All Restrictions New York State Logs Over 1000 New Cases Finland to Deploy COVID-Sniffing Dogs COVID-19: Do Many People Have Pre-Existing Immunity? Celebrate the Opening Celebration of the Autoimmune Community Institute on 10/10. Registration at:
September 28, 2020
Episode 25: Interview with Dr. Emily Smith on How to Connect with Experts for COVID Answers
How do you find accurate information about COVID-19 when you have particular questions? In this episode, we speak to Dr. Emily Smith, Epidemiologist and Assistant Professor of Global Health at George Washington University, and Co-Founder of  Dr. Smith is an expert in newborn and child health and shares recent findings on motherhood, newborns, and COVID safety. Dr. Smith also shares information about her website, and the community of dozens of healthcare experts and researchers who are available to answer your questions and concerns about COVID-19. Learn more at . Dr. Smith is also on Twitter @dremilyrsmith ------------------ The Autoimmune Community Institute is a 501c3 organization dedicated to autoimmune health equity in research, advocacy and support. Learn more about our work and how you can help:
September 11, 2020
Episode 24: News Roundup - Risk Factors, Children and the International COVID Index
In this episode Dr. April discusses a few emerging articles and updates on COVID-19 news locally, nationally and globally. We discuss the topic of underlying conditions related to COVID deaths, number of cases, deaths, and even recoveries. Then we discuss children, school reopenings and COVID-related illnesses affecting children. We also discuss the progress of COVID-19 response around the world. Information Sources: --------------------------------------------------- The Autoimmune Community Institute supports research, advocacy and support for diverse autoimmune communities. Learn how you can provide your support to help us in our mission:
August 21, 2020
Episode 23: US Military Family Life in Ukraine During the Pandemic
What is it like to live in another country, as a military spouse, during the pandemic?  In this episode we speak to Ashley Olivine, who shares her experience living abroad as an American in Ukraine, what family life is like as a mom and military spouse during the pandemic, and what public health policy and culture have been like in this part of the world. Ashley is a maternal health and sleep specialist, and her website is at
August 14, 2020
Episode 22: Public Health Response and Child Health in Chicago, IL - Interview with Olyvia of Public Health for the Culture
What is public health, and how do public health responders work together in various capacities at city and state levels?  In this episode, we speak to Olyvia, a public health professional and expert in child health in Chicago. She is also a public health podcaster of Public Health for the Culture.  We discuss the landscape of public health response in Chicago, how it differs from the overall state of Illinois, and what the culture of pandemic response has looked like for children's health and the occurrence of Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome. More about MIS-C or Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome: Learn more about Olyvia and her podcast on Instagram @therealpublichealth and online at and
August 07, 2020
Episode 21: Interview with Hannah Lebovits on Social Sustainability, Children's Safety, and Caring for your Community
Hannah Lebovits, incoming Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the University of Texas, Arlington joins us today to discuss the importance of valuing  livelihoods and safety from a social sustainability perspective. She shares her recent Twitter posting on the experience of her children attending a summer camp, where numerous individuals were infected with the virus, and what this means for schools reopening in the fall. Professor Lebovits shares why it is important to value social systems of sustainability, and we discuss how this often occurs through grassroots efforts while leadership must learn to incorporate social determinants of health and social sustainability. Learn more about Hannah Lebovits at and on Twitter @hannahlebovits
July 31, 2020
Episode 20: Interview with Jorge Caballero MD on the COVID Testing Challenge
Do you know where to go for a COVID-19 test when you need it? In this episode we speak to Dr, Jorge Caballero, Clinical Instructor of Anesthesia at Stanford Medical School, and co-founder of Coders Against Covid.  Dr. Caballero talks to us about the testing and data collection accessibilities and capabilities during pandemic times, and how issues such as testing types, scheduling and administrative burden impact communities of color.    We learn what the terms Testing Deserts and Pool Testing mean, and learn about the current flow of reportable testing data during the current administration. We also learn about Dr. Caballero's work with the website, that helps you locate your nearest testing facility.
July 24, 2020
Episode 19: Interview with Kristin Urquiza on Political Misinformation and its Impact on Loved Ones
What is it like when the pandemic affects your community, and your loved ones? In this episode we speak to Kristin Urquiza, founder of Marked by COVID, an organization named after her father, who was a healthy individual who passed away from COVID-19  in Arizona, due to misinformation about the seriousness of the pandemic.  She talks about the political climate of denial and how it caused her father to disregard the voices of health concerns during the pandemic. Learn more about Marked By COVID, and share your personal stories about how COVID has impacted you. Kristin's Story in the News: A Latino family lost a father to COVID-19. The obituary blamed the 'carelessness of politicians.' "I  was gripped not only by grief, but by anger and rage, that his life  didn't seem to matter to the people in charge," said an Arizona woman  about her father's death from the coronavirus. Daughter’s Obituary Blames Politicians for Arizona Man’s Virus Death. Kristin Urquiza, writing about her father’s death, pointed the finger at  how state and federal leaders have handled the coronavirus pandemic. A grieving daughter called out politicians for 'lack of leadership' in her father's obituary after he died from Covid-19 Support Autoimmune Health Equity with your tax-deductible donation to the Autoimmune Community Institute:
July 17, 2020
Episode 18: Public Health, Social Determinants and Health Disparities of COVID-19
How can we work with the principles of public health to improve pandemic control and disease prevention 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. Arizona Leads US Growth of New Cases Brazil's President Tests Positive for Coronavirus  International Comparison of COVID-19 Rates and Tests per Capita Support the work of the Autoimmune Community Foundation to improve health equity for individuals with autoimmune disease. Learn more at:
July 16, 2020
Episode 17:Interview with Dr. Sajjad Fazel on Understanding the Landscape of COVID-19 Misinformation
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: Support the COVID-19 PPC podcast by helping to sponsor us so that we can continue to provide quality podcasts about the pandemic from around the world! Become a supporter for as little as 99 cents/month to help us with production support costs.
July 03, 2020
Episode 16: How to Become a COVID-Free Nation (Interview with Dr. Michelle Dickinson in New Zealand)
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: Learn more about Dr. Michelle Dickinson at
June 26, 2020
Episode 15: Interview with Assemblymember Luz Rivas on Los Angeles Community Health Promotion and COVID Response
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.
June 20, 2020
Episode 14: Mental Health and Latinx Well-Being During the Pandemic
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. Visit the COVID-19: PPC podcast home at
June 12, 2020
Episode 13: Social Justice in the Era of COVID-19
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 Additional Social Justice Resources: www.anchorfm.covid19ppc
June 01, 2020
Episode 12: Learning Health Practice in Cuba in a Pandemic
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. You can access other episodes of COVID 19: Public Health, Policy, and Culture at:
May 24, 2020
Episode 11: Contact Tracing and Public Health Equity in Texas
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:
May 14, 2020
Episode 10: Building Bridges - A Feminist Proactive Economic Response to COVID-19 in Hawai’i
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: Learn more about the Commission:
May 11, 2020
Episode 9: Complexities of Culture, Resources, and Policy in Gallup, New Mexico
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:
May 03, 2020
Episode 8: Shanghai During the Pandemic
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. 
April 27, 2020
Episode 7: Family, Community and Work: Daily Life in Japan During the Pandemic
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.
April 16, 2020
Episode 6: Proactive Measures and Tips for the Immunocompromised
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: Instagram: @doctoraprilwellness The link to other COVID-19 PPC Episodes: Instagram: @covid19ppc
April 10, 2020
Episode 5: Interview with an R.N. in the United States on Preparing for the COVID-19 Surge
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. To listen to more episodes from around the world, visit:
April 06, 2020
Episode 4: How to Find the Best Sources of Health Information and Avoid MisInformation
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: Google Scholar:
April 02, 2020
Episode 3: On Doing the Unpopular Thing and Following Your Intuition in Spain with Amy Cancryn
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:
March 29, 2020
Episode 2: Acceptance vs. Fear in Italy with Donna Brown
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: IG @donnabrown FB : Connect with COVID-19 PPC on Instagram @COVID19PPC
March 23, 2020
Episode 1: Landscape, Background and Contexts of COVID-19
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: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: To connect with the podcast visit Instagram @covid19ppc
March 22, 2020
Introduction to the COVID-19 PPC Podcast
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. COVID-19 PPC Podcast Follow us on Instagram: @covidppc
March 22, 2020