COVID-19

Rainbow PUSH Convenes Meeting with NCAA Leadership

Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition, in conjunction with the organization's healthcare committee, organized a meeting with NCAA leadership to discuss college student-athlete safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Debra Furr-Holden serves as co-chair of the Rainbow PUSH health committee.

Epidemiologist Says Time isn’t Right for Travel’s Restart

“I know people want to travel. I want to travel,” stated Dr. Debra Furr-Holden during an interview with Travel Weekly. “It’s just not wise right now. We don’t have enough information, and we don’t have the provisions in place to be able to do that safely.” Furr-Holden said increased testing is burdening the system nationwide, with essential and frontline workers getting top priority. That explains why many travelers can’t get a test result in the 72 hours before travel, which some destinations requiring.

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.

All Your Questions About COVID Testing, Answered By Doctors

"Testing is critical to slowing the spread of coronavirus and early identification of cases, so appropriate precautions can be taken," Dr. Debra Furr-Holden, C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine tells Bustle. "Testing should be done regularly, and the frequency of testing should increase as a person’s exposure to the outside world increases."

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.

Spartans Join Governor’s Task Force to Address Racial Disparities in Healthcare

Dr. Debra Furr-Holden and College of Nursing Dean Randy Rasch talks with WKAR's Russ White. In April, both Furr-Holden and Rasch were appointed to the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities. The task force is acting in an advisory capacity to the governor and studies the causes of racial disparities in the impact of COVID-19 and recommends actions to immediately address such disparities and the historical and systemic inequities that underlie them.

The Flint Women’s Study Community Action Network Presents Current Events Support Group: Racism and COVID-19

Join this weekly current event support group for adults and youth in Genesee County via zoom every Thursday from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Lately, discussions have been revolving around COVID-19, racism, and police violence. Each supportive discussion group is led by Flint psychologists and pastors. All are welcome.

Ask the Expert: COVID-19 Testing

Dr. Debra Furr-Holden, associate dean for public health integration and C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health in the College of Human Medicine, answers questions about the different COVID-19 tests.

COVID-19 National Emergency Response Webinar Series

COVID-19 shelter in place isolation can negatively affect people in substance use recovery. Dr. Julia Felton, a clinical psychologist in the MSU Division of Public Health, and a panelist of experts will lead a discussion on how peer recovery coaches and navigators can effectively and safely help patients sustain their recovery, as well as care for themselves, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Detroit’s Winning Spirit Helps it Fight Back Against COVID-19

“Health disparities are the status quo in America,” said public health advocate Dr. Debra Furr-Holden, associate dean for Public Health Integration at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. “African-American people have had disparate health since slave ships brought us to America.”

COVID-19 in the Community and How it Affects You!

Cultural conversations: Dr. Debra Furr-Holden participates in a live panel discussion on health inequities that have deepened during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Stay home. Stay put. Stay safe. If we can get people to do that, we will shorten the span."

Ask the Expert: What is Contact Tracing?

Due to COVID-19, “contact tracing” has been added to our vocabulary. Not everyone understands it is essential to stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus. Dr. Mieka Smart, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Division of Public Health in the College of Human Medicine, answers questions about contact tracing. She received her public health training at Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Workgroup for Flint/Genesee County.

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.

Protecting Your Mental Health During Covid-19

Dr. Jennifer E. Johnson, C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, gives some practical tips on how to manage stress, reduce anxiety, and stay mentally well during this unprecedented period of social distancing.

Op Ed: To Avoid Future Public Health Crises, We Must Address The Collateral Damage Of COVID-19

“In our response to COVID-19, we risk other emerging crises as well as excess illness and death due to non-COVID related disease if we solely focus on the COVID pandemic,” wrote Dr. Debra Furr-Holden, C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, Associate Dean for Public Health Integration at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Demographic Data for COVID-19 Shows Racial Disparities Higher in Michigan, but More Data Needed

Dr. Debra Furr-Holden, a member of Michigan’s Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, discusses health care inequalities as it relates to COVID-19.

Coronavirus Pandemic Threatens Flint with 2nd Major Health Crisis

Washing your hands with soap and water is the most important thing you can do to kill the virus. But many places can't do that. Hear from Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha on how the Flint Registry public health infrastructure is helping.

Communities of Color Have Been Devastated by the Crisis

Dr. Debra Furr-Holden sees opportunity in the disparities COVID-19 exposed to the wider public. She speaks to Newsday on the opportunity for innovation and transformation.

Op ed: I’m Sick of Asking Children to Be Resilient

"Rather than hoping a child is tough enough to endure the insurmountable, we must build resilient places where all children can thrive" pens Dr. Mona Hanna-Atisha in The New York Times op-ed.

Dr. Mona on her Battle with COVID-19, and a Call to Action

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha recently donated plasma after recovering from COVID-19. The antibodies in plasma from a COVID-19 survivor can be used to attack the virus in the bloodstreams of other people with the virus. She shares her experience.

Are Clinicians Contributing to African American COVID-19 Deaths?

African Americans are overrepresented among reported coronavirus cases and deaths. A multitude of factors may explain the disparity in COVID-19 outcomes, including higher rates of comorbidities and implicit bias. To address this, we must apply a health equity lens and disaggregate the data.

Local Task Force Formed for Racial Equity in COVID-19 Response

Greater Flint Coronavirus Taskforce of Racial Disparities is supporting black & brown communities through disproportionate consequences of COVID-19. Dr. Debra Furr-Holden and Dr. Kent Key are serving on the local task force.

Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities Dedicates Work to Detroit Girl, 5, Who Died

Dr. Debra Furr-Holden, associate dean for Public Health Integration and the director of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions, and Dr. Renée Branch Canady, Master of Public Health assistant professor, appointed to the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities. The task force will be working to address the way COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted communities of color throughout Michigan.

Rainbow PUSH Coalition, National Medical Association, and National Bar Association Joint Statement on the Response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic: A Public Health Manifesto

Dr. Debra Furr-Holden is working with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. on national information dissemination and policy strategies to protect vulnerable populations. She co-authored the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and National Medical Association Public Health Manifesto in April 2020.

A Message for Easter Weekend #WorshipInPlace

Dr. Debra Furr-Holden lead efforts to launch a social media campaign to encourage families to #WorshipInPlace Easter Weekend. Coordination of this effort occurred with a national network of over 1,200 Pastors and likely prevented Easter Sunday ‘super spread’ of Coronavirus.

Knowledge and Behaviors Toward COVID-19 Among US Residents During the Early Days of the Pandemic: Cross-Sectional Online Questionnaire

The early days of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the United States brought uncertainty in the knowledge about COVID-19 and what to do about it. It is necessary to understand public knowledge and behaviors if we are to effectively address the pandemic. Dr. John Clements, Master of Public Health assistant professor, article published in JMIR publications.

Flint Community Webinars on COVID-19

To help sustain the health of the Flint community, Dr. Debra Furr-Holden helped launch the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center (HFRCC) Flint Community Webinars to address emerging concerns about COVID-19. The goal of the webinar series is to give community members a chance to raise questions and to provide information on (1) how to prevent and reduce the spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19, (2) current trends in the spread of the virus, and (3) plans for reopening Flint and monitoring contact tracing. These webinars include multiple City and non-governmental agencies and service providers to ensure first-hand access and provide the best information and resources to residents.