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COVID-19 has created unprecedented sources of individual, social and societal disruption. In this session, we will discuss ongoing research at the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research, Department of Health Sciences, and from the APPEAR team in the Department of Applied Psychology, examining the impact of COVID-19 on mental health – specifically examining the impact of the pandemic on people with serious mental illness; and the impact on disordered eating. We will also discuss emerging strategies to support mental health and well-being during COVID and to address the long lasting impacts on mental health of the pandemic.
Transportation systems are vitally important to the functioning of a city. However, the potentially close quarters of public transit, the near-term impact of the stay-at-home advisories on air travel, and the shift in many business to incorporate working from home, all exhibit the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the broader fragility of our urban systems. Our expert panel, consisting of faculty and government officials, discusses what transportation systems and transportation resilience may look like in a post-pandemic world.
The importance of contact tracing as a public health tool during pandemics and the role, origins, and operations of the Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC) and the Academic Public Health Volunteer Corps (APHVC) in current contact tracing and case management efforts was discussed. The speakers focused on the impact of current contact tracing efforts on the pandemic in our Commonwealth, the role of contact tracing in the context of existing health disparities, and how contact tracing intersects with social determinants of health and their differential impact within marginalized and minority populations in our communities.
Social distancing during COVID-19 significantly changed urban mobility and such change has had disproportionate impact in different neighborhoods within urban regions, often linked to their socio-economic demographics. The same infrastructure that supports these urban mobility patterns also supports a precarious yet growing economy driven by algorithms. These ‘gig economy’ jobs such as delivery, mobility services, and care work have been lauded for the ease of entry. This panel explored the effects of the pandemic on urban mobility, how people will interact within new urban regions, and the impact of one of our economy’s newest forms of employment.
Attendees learned about the impact and leadership during the early days of Covid-19 and the critical call for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare professionals from around the globe. Rebecca Love, RN, MSN’94, nurse, entrepreneur, and co-founder of SONSEIL, and Hannah Rosenblatt, BHS ’20, and co-founder of Masks for Massachusetts, shared how they responded to the critical need for PPE in March 2020. This discussion was led by Dr Valeria Ramdin, MS, APRN-BC, CNE.
This webinar featured Francesca Batault, SSH’19 and Charles Allen, director of partnerships at The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), one of the world’s leading think tanks. IEP released the Global Peace Index 2020 report, which measures peace and its economic impact. The report presented one of the most comprehensive, data-driven analysis on trends in peace, and how to develop peaceful societies. The report also analyzed the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on peace, specifically how its economic consequences would increase the risk of severe deteriorations in positive peace over the next few years.
Applied Psychology Associate Professors Christie Rizzo, Amy Briesch, Jessica Hoffman, and Robin Codding highlighted the challenges and opportunities of schooling from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 shined a spotlight on educational disparities for children. This conversation focused on recent research of parents’ experiences with schooling from home. They talked about the potential impact on children’s learning, as well as how this “new normal” may affect family eating habits, physical activity, social connectivity, and mental health. Discussion was encouraged to generate ideas, especially around opportunities for resilience and strategies to help families overcome the many obstacles yet to come.
Learn about Professor Christo Wilson’s research on algorithmic systems that pervade daily life. In this talk, he discussed how he is using algorithm auditing techniques to investigate how online platforms may be abetting the spread of misinformation around COVID-19 and the US 2020 elections. Session of professor series: Confronting Global Challenges During COVID-19.
The Northeastern School of Law presented a spotlight on Mary Bonauto, L'87, to talk about Celebrating Recent LGBTQ Victories and Looking Ahead. This event was part of the 'Zoomin' in on' series featuring graduates in a virtual conversation with Mielle Marquis, Northeastern Law's director of external relations.
Latin America comprises a vast array of distinct politics, cultures, geographies, and histories. But in recent weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has created a new common challenge. What are Latin America’s essential elements of resilience, and what will the future hold for its people and its economy?