Category Archives: News/Events

Action Against Racism: Discussion on Doing the Work, 6/23

Category : News/Events


With increased discourse around racism and systemic oppression comes a number of questions. More and more people are waking up to the injustices that Black and Brown communities live through every day. People are wondering where to start, how to work towards anti-racism, what their role is as a non-Black person in breaking down anti-Black racism, and how we can work together to contribute to the movement and fight for justice

Join CityMatCH for conversation around these very topics! We are hosting a call featuring a panel of public health professionals who will share about their journeys against racism – personal or professional – and what it means to them.

Meeting Details 

  • The meeting will take place on June 23, 2020 at 1PM EST 
  • Click here to register! 


Addressing Racism and COVID-19 Webinar, 6/30

Category : News/Events


New data confirm that COVID-19 is disproportionately and negatively impacting communities of color and exacerbating existing health inequities.

In the June session of Hot Topics in Practice, Matías Valenzuela, Equity Director, Public Health – Seattle & King County and Director of COVID-19 Community Mitigation and Recovery, shares his team’s efforts to uncover the root causes of these inequities and offers strategies for dismantling racism and supporting health in these times.

Matías will begin with a brief history of the health equity work at King County that has laid the foundation for their COVID-19 response. He will then discuss elements of their COVID-19 response that make it unique from previous emergency preparedness efforts, sharing new data and tools that support this work. The presentation will close with a conversation about the ways public health agencies can improve their systems and services to address structural racism and strengthen resilience in marginalized communities.

Register today and join the discussion to center equity as this pandemic evolves.


  • Click here to register!
  • The live webinar will occur on Jun 30, 2020 12:00 PM PT (3:00PM EST)

Communication Challenges Surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar

Category : News/Events


The COVID-19 pandemic has provided and continues to provide huge challenges to our public health system. One challenge has been behavioral, in that mitigating the consequences of the disease involves huge behavioral changes and long term cooperation on the part of the public at large. Changing behavior and gaining the public’s cooperation is in part a problem in communication and persuasion. In this webinar, we will discuss four challenges to communicating successfully during the COVID-19 pandemic including:

  1. the need for clear, consistent, credible and apolitical communication (CCCaP)
  2. how various types of informational uncertainty challenge CCCaP
  3. how misinformation challenges CCCaP and how it can be addressed (and not addressed)
  4. looking ahead to the virus’ demise with the development of a successful vaccine, public health campaigns must ready the public to accept vaccination especially in communities which have traditionally had low vaccination rates.

Click here to watch this webinar! 

Health Equity in the Time of COVID-19: Fixing Broken Systems to Serve Communities of Color, Webinar Recording

Category : News/Events


The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting people of color in the United States. What began as a public health emergency has quickly evolved into a crisis of health equity and racial justice, leaving many in the health and human services sectors scrambling to find solutions. How can we serve the immediate needs of marginalized communities facing COVID-19, while also tackling decades of disinvestment and neglect?

Join IMPAQ President Dr. Adaeze Enekwechi as she leads a conversation with nationally recognized experts from a public health system, private sector technology company, health and social justice advocacy group, and safety net insurance provider, to learn:

  • How they are pivoting their efforts during the COVID-19 crisis
  • Lessons they have learned serving minority communities
  • Actionable advice they can share with others working to advance health equity

Click here to watch a recording of this webinar (recorded on May 28th, 2020). 


Building Psychological Resilience for the Public Health Workforce During COVID19 Webinar Recording

Category : News/Events


The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a second pandemic of stress, anxiety and fear. As public health workers, your work has a unique level of stress during this time. We are best able to maintain our mental health through these difficult times if we stay aware of the effects of stress, take steps to stay mentally healthy, and maintain connections with others. This webinar will offer information on awareness, self-care and connection with others so public health workers can develop a plan for maintaining their mental health. We will discuss common issues such as coping with fear, anxiety and loss; changing work demands; navigating family relationships; and coping with an uncertain future as the pandemic continues.

How to Watch

Click here to watch a recording of this webinar! 


Mapping COVID-19 & Building Global Health Capacity Podcast

Category : News/Events

Podcast Description

Learn how Fellows from the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program are working to improve health, in the US and around the world. Fellows work on the front lines of global health, developing the technical and professional skills needed to make meaningful contributions to today’s global health challenges.

Episode Summary

PHI/CDC Surveillance Fellow, Greg Chang, MPH, discusses his experience serving on CDC’s International Epidemiology Team responding to COVID-19 and his work on Population-based HIV Impact Assessments with the Division of Global HIV & Tuberculosis for CDC’s Center for Global Health.

Click here to learn more about this podcast series and listen to the second episode! 

Student Town Hall with Dean Curran, 6/3

Category : News/Events

Join RSPH Leadership for a Returning Student Town Hall featuring Dean James W. Curran, MD, MPH on Wednesday June 3rd from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. 

Click here to register!

Click here to submit questions for the town hall! 

COVID-19 and Health Equity: A Policy Platform and Voices from Health Departments, 5/4

Category : News/Events


Join Human Impact Partners, APHA, ASTHO, Big Cities Health Coalition, HealthBegins and NAACHO for this discussion on how public health can play a role in advancing long-term policy solutions that center equity. 

COVID-19 is magnifying the deep cracks in our health care system, protections for working people, and wider safety net. Formed by centuries of structural racism and decades of neoliberal policies and underinvestment in our public infrastructure, these cracks, their consequences, and COVID-19 disproportionately impact people of color, particularly Black, Latinx, and Native people.

Although increasing numbers of health departments are trying to increase access to COVID-19 testing and care to impacted communities, our equity activities need to go much further upstream.

Now — as ever — is the time to set aside concerns of objectivity and politics, and use our power to change the unjust systems that have perpetually harmed the health of communities across the US.

Webinar participants will:

  • Learn about the Health Equity Policy Platform for COVID-19 Response and Recovery and how public health can help advance housing and economic security, health care access and end mass incarceration.
  • Discover how Colorado established and is using their COVID-19 Health Equity Response Team to identify, choose and advocate for equitable policies.
  • Hear how Cook County, Illinois, is advocating for worker protections and immigrant rights.

Speaker presentations will be followed by a Q&A session with the webinar audience.


Click here to register for this webinar on June 4th, 1-2:30pm EST. 


COVID-19 & the Cruise Ship Task Force, PHI/CDC Global Health Podcast

Category : News/Events

About the Podcast

The PHI/CDC Global Health Podcast features stories from the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded program, implemented by the Public Health Institute, where Fellows are guided by leading global health experts from the CDC. Fellows work on the front lines of global health, developing the technical and professional skills needed to make meaningful contributions to today’s global health challenges.

Episode 1 Description

This episode features Riley Wagner, MPH, who is a Global Program Management Fellow for CDC’s Center for Global Health Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Riley was the first of currently 24 Fellows to be assigned to CDC’s Emergency Operations Center in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Riley discusses her experience on the EOC and elaborates on her work with the Cruise Ship Task Force.

Click here to listen to the first episode in this exciting, new podcast! 

Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Webinar, 5/27

Category : News/Events


COVID-19 has highlighted the critical role that public health plays in the US and it also has demonstrated that this virus does not affect everyone equally. While it has affected the lives of all Americans, some racial and ethnic groups have been more likely to contract and die from COVID-19 than others. In this webinar, we will discuss some of the biological, behavioral and contextual factors that affect COVID-19 transmission and severity, and what public health professionals can and have been doing to reduce the impact of this virus on individuals and communities.


  • This is a live webinar on May 27, 2020 from 11:30am to 1pm ET.
  • Click here to register!