COVID-19: Public Health, Policy, and Culture
By Dr. April Moreno
COVID-19: Public Health, Policy, and CultureJun 23, 2021
Episode 41: The Omicron Variant and Disability Issues
www.nbcnewyork.com/news/coronavirus/striking-increase-ny-urgent-advisory-to-pediatricians-as-child-covid-hospitalizations-quadruple/3467510/ ADA Guidance on “Long COVID” as a Disability Under the ADA, Section 504, and Section 1557. www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-providers/civil-rights-covid19/guidance-long-covid-disability/index.html
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.
Episode 39: Disinformation in Latin America - Interview with Leah Varjacques of VICE News
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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:
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 anchor.fm/covid19ppc and on Instagram @covid19ppc
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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
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
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.
-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:
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Episode 35: The Limitations of Public Health
Episode 34 Parenting and Schooling in Canada During the Pandemic
Learn more about Christie at vidawithchristie.com and on the various social media platforms @vidawithchristie
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C): www.cdc.gov/mis/index.html
Breakthrough Case Reports Summary in the United States: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/health-departments/breakthrough-cases.html
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Episode 33: The Socioeconomic Impacts of COVID in Santiago, Chile with Dr. Pamela P Martinez
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. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33906968/
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Episode 32: Public Health Practice and Population Health
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?
CDC: What is Population Health:
AHA: What Is Population Health Management:
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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
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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 supportfibromyalgia.org
Some of our favorite PPE:
Halomask with 20% discount link: https://bit.ly/acihalomask
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: vaccinefairy.org
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
Episode 27: Introduction to Season 2 of the COVID-19 PPC Podcast
New Covid Variants www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2021/02/new-covid-19-variants-found-new-york-california
Learn more about Dr. April Moreno, public health strategist, at aprilmorenoconsulting.com
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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.
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?
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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 COVID-101.org.
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, COVID-101.org 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 www.covid-101.org . Dr. Smith is also on Twitter @dremilyrsmith
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Episode 24: News Roundup - Risk Factors, Children and the International COVID Index
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Episode 23: US Military Family Life in Ukraine 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 www.epigenwellness.com
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: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/covid_inflammatory_condition.aspx
Learn more about Olyvia and her podcast on Instagram @therealpublichealth and online at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/public-health-for-the-culture/id1498969942 and https://open.spotify.com/show/3bF3K6PswHVwzEhmwowClI
Episode 21: Interview with Hannah Lebovits on Social Sustainability, Children's Safety, and Caring for your Community
Learn more about Hannah Lebovits at www.hannahlebovits.com and on Twitter @hannahlebovits
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,
FindCovidTesting.com that helps you locate your nearest testing facility.
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. www.markedbycovid.com
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
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Episode 18: Public Health, Social Determinants and Health Disparities of COVID-19
Arizona Leads US Growth of New Cases azbigmedia.com/business/arizona-leads-u-s-in-growth-of-new-covid-19-cases/
Brazil's President Tests Positive for Coronavirus www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/coronavirus-brazil-bolsonaro-tests-positive/2020/07/07/5fa71548-c049-11ea-b4f6-cb39cd8940fb_story.html International Comparison of COVID-19 Rates and Tests per Capita coronavirus.jhu.edu/testing/international-comparison
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Episode 17:Interview with Dr. Sajjad Fazel on Understanding the Landscape of COVID-19 Misinformation
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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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeS5f-t2Mzqfmk9HdLRGuXw
Learn more about Dr. Michelle Dickinson at www.nanogirllabs.com
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.
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.
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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 sharonhchang.com
Additional Social Justice Resources:
Episode 12: Learning Health Practice in Cuba in a Pandemic
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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.
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Episode 10: Building Bridges - A Feminist Proactive Economic Response to COVID-19 in Hawai’i
Access the State of Hawai’i Commission on the Status of Women's Feminist Economic Recovery Plan: humanservices.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/4.13.20-Final-Cover-D2-Feminist-Economic-Recovery-D1.pdf
Learn more about the Commission: humanservices.hawaii.gov/hscsw
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:
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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:
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:
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:
FB : https://www.facebook.com/donnabrownstrategies/
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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: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov
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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.
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
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