Navigating the Pandemic

Navigating the Pandemic

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Supporting Health Equity through Community Initiatives During COVID

What does it take to support health equity and access to care at the community level during a pandemic?    I was pleased to welcome Dr. Alexander Solerno of Solerno Medical Associates on the show to discuss how community initiatives can bridge gaps in accessing care during COVID. Dr. Salerno speaks about his initiatives, the Community Healthcare Outreach Program and Urban Healthcare Initiative Program in Newark, NJ, which deliver care at the community level.   Website: Facebook: UHIP:  Suggested reading: Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health
June 29, 2022

12. ​​Patterns of Inequality in Global Disease Response & COVID-19 with Dr. Boghuma Kabisen Titanji

A collective push for global vaccine equity will help us circumvent unnecessary suffering and deaths, protect economies, and mitigate against new virus variants.  I have the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Boghuma Titanji, a medical doctor and clinical researcher, for this episode on patterns of inequality in global disease response and coordinated action in the fight against COVID. We also cover discuss why it’s in the best interest of all countries to continue supporting equitable vaccine dissemination. Dr. Titanji recently coauthored an article in The Atlantic titled: The Pandemic Is Following a Very Predictable and Depressing Pattern, which I encourage listeners to check out along with the other resources listed below.  Other resources: Morgue data hint at COVID’s true toll in Africa, Nature Accelerating an Effective and Equitable COVID-19 Response and Pandemic-proofing the Future, Pandemic Action Network It is not too late to achieve global covid-19 vaccine equity, BMJ
April 9, 2022

11. Health Systems Resiliency in Latin America with Dr. Katherine Bliss

This podcast was nominated for "Best Health Podcast" in the Quill Podcast Awards!! Thank you to everyone who supports the show!  Listen to Dr. Katherine Bliss, Senior Fellow & Director of Immunizations and Health Systems Resilience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. We discuss Latin American healthcare systems before, during and beyond the pandemic as well as recommendations to build back better and improve system resiliency in response to COVID. Further reading:  PAHO resources:  Read "Coordinated action needed to strengthen health systems in face of future challenges, PAHO Director tells high-level Atlantic Council meeting" Watch Health Systems Resilience: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic World Health Worker Week is April 4 - 8 Music Credits: The intro and closing music was specially produced for this podcast by Madison Swann.
March 19, 2022

10. Urban Farming & Cultivating a Food Secure Post-Pandemic Future with Laurell Sims

Listen to Laurell Sims, co-founder of Urban Growers collective, discuss how COVID-19 food insecurity has impacted  Black and Brown communities on the South and West Sides of Chicago, and how the Urban Growers Collective has tackled this issue with emergency food relief programming. We close the show by discussing how local food cultivation is effective for people and planet in improving food access and well-being. Check out the Urban Growers Collective website! Donate to the Urban Growers Collective here. Further reading: Forbes article “How Nonprofits And Local Farmers Can Lead The Fight Against Hunger Post-Pandemic” (USA focus) Brookings report “Beyond ‘food deserts’: America needs a new approach to mapping food insecurity” (USA focus) Read World Bank brief “Food Security and COVID-19” (Global focus) Music Credits: The intro and closing music was specially produced for this podcast by Madison Swann.
February 27, 2022

9. Early Pandemic Food Insecurity & Racial Disparities, USA with Dr. Danielle Morales

“This study shows there is a direct link between race or racism and food insecurity.” - Dr. Danielle Morales COVID-19 has exacerbated food injustice and food insecurity as disparities in access and supply have left many Americans hungry. Understanding this problem is key to pandemic preparedness. In this episode, household food insecurity is defined as the limited or uncertain ability to acquire adequate food for one or more household members. Read Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Household Food Insecurity During the COVID-19 Pandemic: a Nationally Representative Study (Danielle Xiaodan Morales, Stephanie Alexandra Morales, and Tyler Fox Beltran) Read Feeding America’s resources on Food Insecurity and COVID-19 Music Credits: The intro and closing music was specially produced for this podcast by Madison Swann.
February 13, 2022

8. Covid Mental Health Outcomes & Social Determinants with Dr. Mir Ali

In this episode, Dr. Mir Ali, a Health Economist at the US Department of Health & Human Services, discusses his research brief, Mental Health Consequences of COVID-19: The Role of Social Determinants of Health. Dr. Ali shares insights on how we can better measure structural drivers of health inequities and provides examples of current government programs that are actively taking on the challenge. Read Mental Health Consequences of COVID-19: The Role of Social Determinants of Health on the HHS website.  Other resources: HHS-HUD Partnership – Housing and Resources Service Center CMS - Roadmap for States to Address the Social Determinants of Health to Improve Outcomes CDC – Implemented several programs to address SDOH HRSA – Funding opportunities for providers to incorporate SDOH Mir M Ali Bio: Dr. Mir M. Ali is a Health Economist at the US Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). A specialist in behavioral health economics, Dr. Ali focuses his research on mental illness, substance abuse, and issues of behavioral health policies affecting children and adults. He has authored 100+ peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous government reports on behavioral healthcare systems and policies. More information on Dr.Ali's research is here. Music Credits: The intro and closing music was specially produced for this podcast by Madison Swann.
January 23, 2022

Navigating the Pandemic

By investigating the pandemic from multidisciplinary perspectives, we explore how the virus came to be and how it will continue to shape our collective future in individual, community, and international spheres. The show makes accurate and credible COVID-19 information accessible by amplifying expert voices.
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Kat Morgan, Podcast Producer and Host

Kat Morgan, Podcast Producer and Host

Kat Morgan is a graduate of Emory University and incoming Master of Public Health candidate at Columbia University. With a holistic view of health and diverse academic background, her professional interests lie in health promotion, cultural competence, and community well-being.

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