Faculty, staff and guest experts from the Edward J. Bloustein School at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey talk about public policy, urban planning, public health, health administration, and iInformatics.
On this episode of EJBTalks, Stuart Shapiro welcomes Vince Joseph, Professor of Practice in the Bloustein School's Master of Health Administration program and former Executive Vice President at Robert Wood Johnson hospital. Stuart and Vince discuss the pandemic's impact on hospital administration and education. They explore the strong connection between the Bloustein School's mission of improving the public good and its rapidly growing health administration program. Vince highlights the role hospitals play in community needs assessment, and showcases some of the many ways that current hospital administrators work to improve community access to health care. The episode makes clear that Professor Joseph and his colleagues are preparing Bloustein School students to tackle these issues in a rapidly changing field.
Professor David Listokin, a distinguished professor in our internationally-ranked urban planning program, joins Stuart Shapiro in today's episode of EJB Talks. In a wide-ranging discussion, they cover the nationwide span of David's work. They discuss Professor Listokin's upcoming book on the demographics and population trends of New Jersey. This project gave the researchers a better understanding of the significance of the current reverse migration trends which could have major nationwide impacts. Professor Listokin also discusses a long-time passion, his work for the National Parks Service on the economic impacts of historic preservation activities on Route 66.
This week on #EJBTalks Stuart Shapiro welcomes Professor Jocelyn Crowley, an expert on policy issues related to gender, including child support, gray divorce, and father's rights. They open their discussion with how the Me-Too movement, which sprang up in response to high-profile sexual harassment scandals involving Harvey Weinstein and Roger Ailes, exposed the prevalence of abhorrent behavior in U.S. workplaces. This trend led Dr. Crowley to focus her current research on sexual harassment and how its effects are particularly felt by a large number of independent contractors in the often glamorized but incredibly unprotected fashion industry. They also discuss the misconception that the pandemic lessened exposure to sexual harassment in remote work situations and how those who work in the service sector have reported increased incidents. Looking towards the future, they talk about possible policy considerations and what can be done to bring more protections to vulnerable individuals.
This week on EJBTalks Stuart Shapiro talks to two amazing Bloustein alums, Leah Apgar and Joe Palazzolo, who work at New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC), a community development financial institution. Leah and Joe share the history and typical work of the organization, which was established in 1987 as an affordable housing lender and has grown into a financing institution involved in all types of community development and commercial lending projects. They talk about how the pandemic and economic shutdown required their institution to pivot its work to assist suffering small businesses. They began considering all small businesses and nonprofits in the state as underserved and started the Garden State Relief Fund (GSRF) as a remedy. They conclude with a discussion about where NJCCs work goes from here, and how the GSRF will remain in place to adapt to assist NJ small businesses as the economy continues to recover.
Stuart Shapiro welcomes New Jersey Department of Labor Commissioner -- and Bloustein policy alumnus -- Robert Asaro-Angelo to EJBTalks this week. Commissioner Asaro-Angelo talks about his start with ESPN, and how he was inspired to change his path because he wanted to work helping people. He also discusses his time working with labor unions and his tenure in the Obama administration. They then move the discussion to NJDOL's response to the COVID pandemic -- how the agency had to quickly protect its employees, find the equipment to help them work remotely, and implement complicated federal DOL programs just as the need for federal assistance exploded. The Commissioner concludes by talking about how the pandemic crisis, which brought a sense of urgency in getting things done in government, has the potential to make a positive lasting change by increasing people's faith in a stronger, more competent government.
It's time again for a political check-in with Stuart Shapiro. Amy Cobb returns as host to talk to Stuart about the current state of the Republican party and what the power struggle in the GOP means for the country. Stuart discusses the ouster of Liz Cheney from House leadership and the purging of all anti-Trump voices. They also discuss whether there will be any accountability for the January 6 siege on the Capitol. Taking a look toward the future, they end their discussion on the mid-term elections and what those results could mean for power and the political divide in Congress after 2022.
On this insightful and timely episode of EJBTalks, Stuart sits down with Professor Ron Quincy, policy and planning educator and advocate for diversity and inclusion. The two discuss how higher education, like all society, is at a crossroads with the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Professor Quincy explains how academia philosophically is ahead of its time, but compared to the private sector, can fall behind in actually incorporating a richer diverse culture and accountability structures. The two discuss Professor Quincy's personal experience of social activism in the 1960s, how civil disobedience in the 60s triggered by inequity and despair and ignited by a police shootings unfortunately mirror the current national issues, including the murder of George Floyd. The two also discuss how we as a nation can move ourselves forward from police training and accountability to truly embracing a diverse society.
On this episode of EJBTalks Stuart Shapiro welcomes Professor Jylana Sheats, instructor for the course Culture and Health in Bloustein's undergraduate program. They discuss her early interest in connecting behaviors and culture to health issues that led to her career in academia studying the social determinants of health. Professor Sheats talks about the importance of recognizing and training the medical community early and often regarding cultural competency, not only to shed light on how cultural influences affect health but also to help eliminate health disparities. The two also discuss the pandemic and some surprising, but not necessarily negative, effects it has had on health and cultural behaviors.
This week on EJBTalks Stuart Shapiro welcomes Karen Alexander, executive director of NJTIP@Rutgers, an initiative of the school's Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center. They talk about how became inspired to work in the field of transit accessibility, and Alexander discusses NJTIPs mission of teaching all people--particularly seniors and the disabled--how they can gain independence and empowerment through the use of the public transit system. She explains that NJTIP's hands-on training was challenged and had to change on the fly at the start of the pandemic. NJTIP expanded its programs, providing training not just in transit but also in the skills necessary to use the remote tools that have become so necessary over the past year. They conclude with how NJTIP became involved as an active partner in NJTRANSIT's VAXRIDE program.
On this episode of EJBTalks Stuart Shapiro welcomes Bloustein School colleague, Professor Radha Jagannathan and Professor Michael Camasso from Rutgers' School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) to discuss their shared interest in social welfare program evaluation and their program Nurture through Nature (NtN). They discuss the after-school and summer program NtN provides for students in the New Brunswick school district and how their rigorous program evaluation methods are in place to ensure NtN produces measurable positive progress in student development. They also touch on the positive impacts the program had on their first graduated cohort, the challenges the COVID19 pandemic has brought, and program expansion possibilities both locally and globally.
In this episode, Stuart Shapiro talks with Professor Robert Kopp, one of the nation’s leading experts on climate change about what shaped his research agenda. They delve into the social cost of carbon and how quantifying the costs affect policy decisions impacting the climate. Dr. Kopp also discusses the evolution of the climate community and its realization that success in combating climate change required a closer understanding of the intersection with broader political concerns. They also reflect on the early Biden Administration climate policy initiatives. Finally, they cover Professor Kopp’s role on the Rutgers Carbon Neutral Task Force and how the university is focused on making climate action happen more quickly.
We're kicking off our 4th season of EJBTalks with a discussion about where we stand just two months into a very busy and focused Biden Administration. Professor Stuart Shapiro and Amy Cobb discuss the quick successes like the vaccine rollout and the passing of the critical and comprehensive American Rescue Plan bill. He talks about the importance of the HR1 Voting Rights Act and how the termination of the filibuster in Congress will determine its fate. They discuss the massive and much-needed infrastructure investment bill that the Biden administration is quickly pushing forward. Finally and most excitingly (for him), Stuart gets to touch upon his favorite subject--regulation--and how this administration is made up of talented professionals that understand governance and know the obstacles they face in reversing the attempts by the Trump Administration to deregulate.
On this episode of EJBTalks, Stuart Shapiro welcomes Professor Anita Franzione and embarks on a frank discussion about aging, public health and policy. Franzione discusses public health issues facing older citizens from sexually transmitted diseases to COVID. She reflects on how the pandemic has exacerbated discrimination the elderly already face in health care settings. Currently they have to navigate well intended policies such as COVID vaccine distribution where despite being prioritized, the elderly face registration and other challenges. Anita also discusses her classroom focus and passion at Bloustein; educating the next generation of practitioners about the elderly, their incredible societal value, and their needs
Stuart Shapiro welcomes Professor James DeFilippis on this riveting episode of EJBTalks. DeFilippis discusses his recent work on the role of immigration and organizational politics in local economic development. He discusses in depth, how the Amazon's HQ2 plan for Long Island City and Western Queens epitomized the use of local tax incentives to attract mega corporations, often contrary to the wishes of the community's residents. Defilippis also discusses how culturally diverse places like Queens have particularly fascinating organizational politics with alliances that are often unpredictable to the outside observer.
Stuart Shapiro welcomes policy and planning alumnus Jorge Santos to EJB Talks this week to discuss Jorge's experience at Bloustein and his post-graduation career path in economic development. Jorge talks about his new role at NJEDA, which he began just prior to the COVID shutdown, and how the NJEDA has helped small businesses during the economic crisis. He also discusses the new programs and initiatives created by the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act to help the state's businesses, and how the NJEDA will work to quicken the pace and extent of economic improvement.
Stuart Shapiro welcomes Assistant Professor Kelcie Ralph from Bloustein's highly ranked Urban Planning Program to this week's EJB Talks to discuss her research on pedestrian and bike safety. Professor Ralph reveals that her personal experience traveling--sans automobile--made her determined to focus on safety in her research. She discusses how the use of certain language, and the shift to victim-blaming by the media when reporting crashes, changes the dynamic from a public health issue to a personal issue. Professor Ralph also explains the origins of the language the media uses in reporting bike/ped accidents, how simple but changeable safety aspects such as speed limits are developed, and how some localities have made positive policy changes to improve safety.
On our fourth episode of season 3, Professor Shapiro welcomes back Professor Carl Van Horn to discuss the newest survey from The Heldrich Center on Workforce Development. Surprisingly, survey results showed that the public shares widespread agreement regarding the state of the economy and what the response to joblessness should be. There is also a persistent concern that for the first time in memory, future generations may be worse off than their parents. Van Horn and Shapiro then delve into the priorities for economic policy at the federal and state level with regards to joblessness and economic security.
This episode of EJBTalks brings a fan favorite and an exceptional Bloustein faculty member back to the studio as Stuart Shapiro and Professor Dawne Mouzon have a second conversation on health and economic disparities. They discuss the disparate impact COVID-19 continues to have on Black and Brown communities, why a community so greatly affected is the most apprehensive about taking a vaccine, and the necessity of an equitable response to this public health crisis. Dr. Mouzon also discusses how the Biden administration can most effectively craft its response to the pandemic and other issues affecting our most vulnerable populations.
In this season's second episode of EJB Talks, Stuart Shapiro welcomes dual Bloustein School alumnus Jacob Persily '16 (Health Administration), MHA '19. Jacob works around the corner from the Bloustein School as an acute care administrator at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He and Stuart discuss the potential and the challenges associated with the critical rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine. Jacob also highlights how the disparate healthcare system in the U.S. has compelled the hospital sector, typically resistant to change, to embrace adaptability to better serve the public.
EJB Talks returns for its third season! Stuart Shapiro will kick off 2021 by looking forward after a year of tumult to the post-pandemic world in health, planning and policy. In this first episode, he talks with Associate Dean and Professor, Clint Andrews, about the future of urban planning and how smart building technologies contribute to safety and improving the environment. They also discuss how behavioral changes arising from COVID19 will likely affect building decisions and urban planning trends for decades to come.
For the season two finale of EJB Talks, Stuart Shapiro talks to Amy Cobb to give us a glimpse ahead at the political and policy prospects for 2021. From the good news of vaccine development and distribution to the more worrisome economic conditions to the first 100 days of the Biden presidency, Professor Shapiro gives a hopeful but reality-based forecast of what our country and the world has in store. The pair also give a quick peek at the third season of EJBTalks which will return in January. Happy 2021 everyone!
Professor Shapiro welcomes Judge Paul Armstrong, Senior Policy Fellow and Judge in Residence at Bloustein, this week on EJB Talks. COVID-19 has raised important ethical issues surrounding patient care and the distribution of vaccines. Stuart talks to Judge Armstrong about being the recipient of the Lighthouse Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism and the Law, which reflects the Judge's incredible career achievements in ethics and the law. They discuss ethical issues in health care that Judge Armstrong played a part in such as the Quinlan case and Baby M and how these incredibly important landmark cases have now prepared him to serve on New Jersey's Advisory Committee on COVID-19.
On this episode of EJB Talks, Stuart Shapiro welcomes Bloustein Alumnus and Advisory Board Member, Jason Redd, Esq. BS (Public Health) ‘01, MCRP ’04. They discuss how public health, urban planning, and policy can interact to improve people’s lives, as well as how all three disciplines have impacted Jason's career. Jason also shares his experience as a volunteer observing the 2020 general election absentee ballot canvas in Blair County, PA as well as and his thoughts on the controversies that have followed the election.
It's the day after the 2020 General Election. After a long night of watching returns, Stuart Shapiro talks with Amy Cobb about the what happened yesterday, the current state of results and where we may be in the coming weeks.
This season, Stuart Shapiro has invited our newest faculty members to share their research. In this episode, the last in this series of seven, he welcomes Professor of Public Policy Jermaine Toney, who studies the relationship between race, family wealth, parental income, and the income and prosperity of future generations. Professor Toney discusses the importance of understanding the past and the current systematic gaps that still weigh on Black households and talks about developing policy solutions for these inequalities.
On this episode of EJBTalks, Stuart Shapiro welcomes Will Payne, the newest faculty member in our Urban Planning Program. With urban planning moving beyond the focus on the physical form, economic functions, and social impacts of the urban environment, they discuss Professor Payne's research on crowdsourcing applications, which provide large amounts of data from consumers that can drive real change in cities. Having recently completed his dissertation in this area, Professor Payne talks about how early “star” rating systems such as New York’s Zagat Survey have morphed into today’s crowd-sourcing applications including Yelp and Nextdoor. These social media tools have, in turn, become predictors of gentrification, showing how technology, food, culture, politics, and more are intertwined with housing issues. They can also be used to understand how people react and behave in response to these issues. He also explains that these tools exist to solve real problems, enabling planners to study cities and what people really think by providing new and better access to spatial data, and in the right hands, they can be used to create more equitable cities that serve the needs of everyone.
Autonomous vehicles will bring both powerful solutions and incredible challenges to the future of transportation. On this episode of EJBTalks, Stuart Shapiro talks with Professor Wenwen Zhang about her research on the adoption of autonomous vehicles, how AVs may bring both sustainability and equity to our society and how she uses Big Data Analysis to predict possible outcomes as accurately as possible. Professor Zhang also discusses Bloustein's newest program, the Master's of Public Informatics, and how this program equips students with the ability to collect and analyze big data and successfully synthesize and communicate the results into the policymaking process.
In this eye-opening episode of EJB Talks, Stuart Shapiro welcomes Professor Soumitra Bhuyan to discuss his research on why hospitals are losing the cybersecurity battle. Dr. Bhuyan discusses how data security breaches often arise from physical causes, not just digital ones, and how human error and managerial misses are a root cause. They also discuss how current Bloustein students are being prepared to take on these challenges as they enter leadership positions in hospitals and healthcare systems.
In March 2020 the spread of COVID-19 was rampant and New Jersey was at the epicenter of the outbreak. Hospitals and their administrators were faced with unthinkable challenges. In combatting these challenges, hospitals had to change their way of operating. For our third episode this season, Professor Stuart Shapiro welcomes Assistant Teaching Professor Susan Krum to discuss the rapid response in New Jersey's hospitals, how innovations here were shared across the county, and how they have left us better prepared for a potential second wave of COVID-19. They also discuss how the pandemic has afforded her students real-world experience and appreciate the impact of their chosen field.
The effects of COVID-19 on the economy will be deep and long lasting. One of the more important impacts may be on housing markets. In this episode of EJBTalks, Stuart Shapiro has a revealing conversation with Assistant Professor Eric Seymour about the rental housing market and the looming eviction crisis. Professor Seymour talks about his research on predatory institutional landlords, including large motel conglomerates, and how these entities may exacerbate a potential housing crisis across the country.
EJB Talks returns! In the first episode of our second season, Professor Stuart Shapiro talks with Associate Teaching Professor Patti O'Brien-Richardson about her research and advocacy on natural hair discrimination. She discusses the CROWN Act, a statute adopted by a number of states to address this form of discrimination. She also describes the connection between hair discrimination and racial discrimination, and how this year's protests will affect the implementation of the CROWN Act. Stuart and Patti also discuss her teaching focus at the Bloustein School and how her determined, creative, and inspiring students are handling the challenges posed by remote learning.
The economic casualties of the pandemic are all around us--shops and restaurants shuttered, entertainment venues closed indefinitely, casinos limited to minimal visitors, and much more. As New Jersey begins the slow move towards reopening, the downstream effects of COVID-19 will continue to be visible for a long time. Stuart Shapiro and Michael Lahr, Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON) discuss some of the economic impacts facing New Jersey businesses with a particular focus on tourism, and how the inability to travel will affect the state's economy in the year ahead.
COVID-19 has monumentally changed how we have lived for the last five months, with most of the population quarantining at home. In previous episodes, we examined the effect the quarantine has had on some of our most vulnerable populations. This week on EJB Talks, we explore a population that can be particularly affected by stay-at-home orders--those facing intimate partner violence. Stuart Shapiro talks with Professor Andrea Hetling, director of the Bloustein School's Public Policy program, who discusses how non-governmental organizations and governmental agencies are beginning to work together to find creative solutions to relax some of the most difficult hurdles, and provide assistance and help to those who need it most.
2020: It's an election year like no other. In this episode of EJB Talks, we get back to national politics. The Bloustein School's Director of Engagement and Special Projects Amy Cobb MPAP '18 returns to ask Professor Stuart Shapiro some pressing questions concerning the presidential and congressional races. Where does the race stand? How will the conventions, and VP Biden's selection of a running mate, affect the race? Stuart and Amy discuss these questions, and more, about the craziest election year in a generation.
Stuart Shapiro welcomes Associate Professor of Public Policy Julia Rubin to our next episode of EJB Talks. She shares her personal experience starting an NJ based educational grassroots organization, that exposed her to the various institutional aspects of New Jersey politics. She discusses her recent article on the role of political machines in New Jersey and how the design of ballots favor some candidates over others.
Will the nature of college be forever changed by the pandemic and the ensuing recession? This is just one of the questions discussed on EJB Talks this week. Stuart Shapiro and Marc Weiner, Executive Director of Undergraduate Programs for the Bloustein School, examine why the sudden, emergency transition to online education was not an easy one. They also discuss how schools like Bloustein, which employ faculty already cross-trained in hybrid learning, were able to better maintain the quality of teaching as it moved to online learning. Recorded just before a federal judge rescinded the ICE announcement barring foreign students from online study in the U.S., they also touch upon what the move by ICE would have meant for colleges and universities, as well as how enrollments may change as America likely heads into another multi-year recession.
Professor Stuart Shapiro speaks with senior research specialist Charles Brown of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center on the subject of disparities in transportation planning this week on EJB Talks. Mr. Brown, also an instructor in transportation policy and planning for the school, connects transportation to social disparities, social justice, equity, and COVID-19. In addition to considering the "pracademic" approach to these intersectional crises, they discuss why it is imperative to teach people about the links between transportation planning and these critical issues and the need to prioritize equity in transportation planning and decision making.
This week on EJB Talks Stuart Shapiro sits down with Bloustein School Senior Policy Fellow and former New Jersey Budget Director Richard Keevey, who reflects on his years of budgeting at both the state and national levels. Mr. Keevey gives his take on how the pandemic, and the ensuing economic downturn, have put enormous pressure on state governments. The pandemic has increased the needs of residents, while the recession has dramatically decreased the revenue sources that the state government relies upon. Given the magnitude of New Jersey's fiscal crisis, what options do the state's leaders have for making spending cuts without negatively affecting those who need services the most?
EJB Talks welcomes Jeanne Herb, executive director of the Bloustein School's Environmental Analysis and Communications Group to talk about the intersection of the climate crisis, COVID, and economic inequality with Stuart Shapiro. They discuss the work that her center and the University are doing to help New Jersey address the disparate impacts of climate change on our most vulnerable populations, and how no longer viewing climate change as separate from our other crises may allow us to write and implement effective policy solutions.
Stuart Shapiro welcomes Lisa Gulla, epidemiologist, disease investigator, and Bloustein lecturer in this week's episode of EJB Talks for a candid discussion about the challenges facing local level disease investigators during the COVID-19 pandemic. She reveals how data can be misconstrued and misinterpreted by well-meaning officials, information-hungry media, as well as "arm-chair" epidemiologists.
Over a period of four days in 1967, Newark was one of over 150 U.S. cities rocked by rioting, looting, and property destruction, with 26 deaths and hundreds injured. This week on EJB Talks Associate Dean Stuart Shapiro takes a look back at those tumultuous events with Linda Stamato and Sandy Jaffe, co-directors of the Bloustein Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. Sandy chaired the Lilley Commission which recommended changes in the wake of the riots and Linda has spent a career advocating for the improvement of conflict resolution. They draw lessons from their experiences to discuss the protests in recent weeks, and discuss the parallels between two very different eras, the importance of educating leaders about long-standing disparities, and the necessity of building community in order to move forward.
In this episode of EJB Talks, Associate Dean Stuart Shapiro speaks with Bloustein School alumnus Storm Ervin MPP '18. Now an analyst for The Urban Institute in Washington D.C. Ms. Ervin was a central organizer for the protests at the University of Missouri after the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson MO in 2014. She shares her experiences from the Missouri protests and draws lessons for the current protests going on nationwide over the murder of George Floyd.
The murder of George Floyd has resulted in protests across the country. In this episode of EJB Talks, Associate Dean Stuart Shapiro, author of the Not Normal blog on the Trump Administration, discusses the president's response to the protests and the likely electoral implications. With the protests layered on top of a still-persistent pandemic and a deepening economic recession, will the president's militaristic response to civil disobedience result in more unrest? Will it help him win re-election?
"Supply chain" became the buzz phrase at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic when supermarket shelves--and online retailers--were emptied of hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, and toilet paper. Most of the time how the products we want, or need, arrive at the retailers is not on our minds--unless you drive by an 18-wheeler emblazoned with a particular logo. But as the director of Freight Planning at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, it is Anne Strauss-Wieder's job to make sure the shelves are stocked with what consumers are looking for. As one of the largest and busiest freight hubs in the U.S., the agencies of the NJTPA were critical during the pandemic's earliest days in keeping the goods moving from into and through New Jersey. Also an instructor in supply chain management for the Bloustein School, in this episode of EJB Talks, she breaks down the "breakdown" of the supply chain at the start of the pandemic with host Stuart Shapiro.
With the guarded hope that we are on a downward trend of coronavirus activity, the discussion has turned to the reopening of the state. EJB Talks host Stuart Shapiro broaches the topic with Bloustein alumnus Brandon McKoy, MCRP '13, president of New Jersey Policy Perspective, and a member of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's commission to reopen the state. Brandon touches on some of the issues the state (and the country) must face in determining how to reopen, what the CARES Act is helping (and what it isn't), and how not investing in the future has hurt the state.
When we think of people engaging in unhealthy lifestyles, we are quick to blame the offender. What we often fail to recognize is that not everyone has the same opportunities. In this episode of EJB Talks, Stuart Shapiro delves more deeply into the area of health disparities with professor Dawne Mouzon, a medical sociologist specializing in health disparities across vulnerable populations. Dr. Mouzon sheds light on why some populations, particularly black Americans and Latinos, are more susceptible to infection--not just from COVID-19--and why their health outcomes are not as good as those in predominantly white or more affluent communities. She also expresses the importance of delving into why some other countries have had much better outcomes managing COVID-19 and why the U.S. should take steps to make universal healthcare a priority.
The Rutgers Urban and Civic Informatics Lab (RUCI Lab) was recently founded at the Bloustein School, with the mission of using new sources of data and emerging technologies to study the health of cities, and by doing so, improve the quality of urban life. This week, Stuart Shapiro talks with the Bloustein School's newest employee, Gavin Rozzi, who joined the school as a Research Computing Specialist for the RUCI Lab just days before the state's stay-at-home order took effect. They discuss some of the projects the RUCI Lab will be working on, including using geographic and social media data to predict the long-term social and economic impacts of COVID-19 on society, as well as Gavin's personal interest utilizing emerging technology -- 3D printing PPEs for frontline healthcare workers.
The New Jersey/New York region is one of the most densely populated in the United States with some of the most widely traveled public transit systems. Thousands of New Jerseyans take NJ Transit bus and rail to New York City; thousands more crowd the New York bus and subway systems. These heavily-used systems have been flagged as possible reasons for the spread of COVID-19. Today on EJB Talks, Stuart Shapiro tackles the issue of public transit and safety measures our transit agencies may need to make to bring commuters back, the effect telecommuting will have on these transit systems, and the new dependence on online services will have on the future of work with Robert Noland, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Bloustein School.
There has been both in- and out-migration from cities now for years depending upon economic conditions, but the pandemic has hit our cities and high-density areas the hardest. After years of re-urbanization, are we going to see a new wave of urban flight? Has the shift to staying home, working from home, and having all of our necessities being delivered to our homes going to fundamentally change the way we work and live? In our newest episode of EJBTalks, Stuart Shapiro talks with Professor Tony Nelessen, an architect and urban designer, who discusses some of these questions facing the future design of our cities.
Returning to the healthcare field amidst the COVID-19 crisis, host Stuart Shapiro welcomes Professor Soumitra Bhuyan, who teaches in the Bloustein School's health administration program and Dr. Sabiha Hussain from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Their discussion focuses on the social determinants of health; what they are and how they are affecting the outcomes of COVID-19 patients. The role of information technology (IT) and telemedicine are also playing a larger role in the crisis, as doctors seek to reach populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19 while at the same time reducing the burden on the healthcare system.
The unemployment numbers in this first month of the COVID-19 pandemic have been staggering. What can we do to help those who are finding themselves newly unemployed, desperately waiting for their benefits to start and not sure where to turn? In this episode of EJB Talks, our host Stuart Shapiro, Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Policy at the Bloustein School, talks to Carl Van Horn, Distinguished Professor at the Bloustein School and Director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, on the dangers of long-term unemployment, who is most vulnerable, and the services the Heldrich Center can provide, along with the State of New Jersey, to help people traverse through the economic crisis brought upon us by COVID-19.
The battle against Covid-19 has required a society-wide response. One of the key underappreciated components of that response has been the people who keep our hospitals running. We talk with Professor Ann Marie-Hill who teaches in the Bloustein school health administration program about the role that health administrators are playing in the Covid-19 response.