Scars from Flint's Water Crisis Shake City's Faith in COVID Vaccine
"As a public health professional, I see the important need for prevention. I see the important need for a safe and credible vaccine to be distributed and administered equitably in our community," shared Dr. Debra Furr-Holden. But at the same time, "relationships are built on trust, and trust takes time," she shared with NBC News.
Flint Registry Set to Continue through 2021 with $4.5 Million
The $1.4 trillion federal COVID-19 spending bill includes funding to continue the Flint Registry for another year. The registry has more than 10,500 families signed up to receive advice and referrals for services that combat the effects of lead poisoning suffered during the Flint water crisis. The program has completed 13,500 referrals for health care, nutrition, early education, lead elimination programs and more since it was created in 2016.
Looking Back on COVID-19: Where We’ve Been and Some Hope Heading in 2021
2020 has been the deadliest year in American history with more than three million deaths. “It’s unfortunate because we’re in the era of better medicine, better innovation, and healthcare, yet we’re seeing this record-number of annual deaths,” Dr. Debra Furr-Holden said. The good news to round out 2020 is the emergency authorization of two new vaccines. “It’s a good thing that we have a vaccine available, and when you couple that with people wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and people having the resources that they need to stay safe, we start to build layers of protection that are going to be critical to get this pandemic under control,” she said.
A Candid COVID Conversation with Black Men
At the Forefront is a podcast that highlights the work and experiences of people at the forefront of the health equity revolution, including researchers, practitioners, community members, activists, youth leaders, and political leaders. In this episode, Isaiah Oliver, CEO, of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint has a conversation with Black Men about COVID.
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Social and Psychological Consequences of the Covid-19 Pandemic in African-American Communities: Lessons From Michigan
Drs. Rodlescia S. Sneed, Kent Key, Sarah Bailey, and Vicki Johnson-Lawrence publish a journal article in the July issue of Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. They discuss the mental health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are particularly relevant in African-American communities because African-Americans have been disproportionately impacted by the disease, yet they are traditionally less engaged in mental health treatment compared with other racial groups.
COVID-19 Response: Alumni and Students
Like the far-reaching impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Spartans in Public Health have addressed the pandemic in unprecedented ways. Alumni and students rapidly applied their skills and their talents to actively address the evolving needs of the pandemic. These Spartans have helped address the epidemiology of disease transmission, worked to ensure patients are able to get their medicine safely, conducted risk assessments, developed containment strategies, provided psychiatric and mental health consultations to COVID-19 positive patients, volunteered to work the COVID-19 provider hotlines, performed autopsies, and more. Where there is a need, there is a Spartan in Public Health.
As Reopening Begins in Uncertain Coronavirus Times, You Need Emotional Protective Equipment, Too
As millions across the U.S. prepare to return to work – and maybe, a level of normalcy – the phrase, “We’re all in this together,” heard constantly in the media, turns out to be both true and untrue. Yes, the pandemic is a global experience. But it’s also very much an individual enterprise. Drs. Claudia Finkelstein, and public health researchers Jennifer E. Johnson and Julia Felton write about the need to focus on our "emotional protective equipment" as reopening begins in uncertain coronavirus times.