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2021

What You Should Know About Indoor Dining Amid the Delta Varient

Jennifer Kolker, MPH, policy and community engagement core co-lead at the UHC, was quoted in an Aug. 5 Washington Post story about indoor dining amid the Delta variant.

View Story (Washington Post) - 8.5.21

Dr. Ala Stanford continues the fight to save lives in Philadelphia's communities of color

Usama Bilal, MD, PhD, MPH an assistant professor at the UHC, was mentioned in a June 25 Philadelphia Tribune article honoring the COVID-19-fighting contributions of Ala Stanford, MD. 

View Story (Philadelphia Tribune) - 6.5.21

Americans most likely to be evicted are the least likely to be vaccinated

Jennifer Kolker, MPH policy and community engagement core co-lead at the UHC, was quoted in a June 23 CBS News story about new data showing that neighborhoods with the highest rates of eviction lawsuits are also the areas with the lowest rates of vaccination.

View Story (CBS News) - 6.24.21

US hits encouraging milestones on virus deaths and shots

Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH the Dana and David Dornsife dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health and director of the UHC, was quoted in a June 21 Associated Press article about the United States hitting milestones on COVID-19 vaccinations. The article was also published June 21 by WBKO-TV (ABC-Bowling Green, Kentucky), Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa), York Dispatch, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and many other outlets nationwide. Diez Roux was also quoted in a related June 21 article in The Guardian about COVID-19 deaths in the United States dipping below 300 for the first time since the early days of the pandemic.

View Story (AP) - 6.21.21

View Story (Guardian) - 6.21.21

Equitable Access to Vaccines is Crucial for Future

Usama Bilal, MD, PhD, MPH an assistant professor at the UHC, was quoted in a June 1 editorial in The Citizens’ Voice about racial inequity in COVID-19 vaccination.

View Story (The Citizens’ Voice) - 6.1.21

3 Health-Care Experts With Unvaccinated Kids Explain the COVID Precautions They’re Still Taking

Gina Lovasi, PhD, MPH co-director of the UHC, was quoted in a May 26 Philadelphia magazine article about how health experts who have children too young to be vaccinated are taking COVID-19 precautions.

View Story (City Life) - 5.26.21

A Stark Racial Divide on Vaccinations Leaves Many at Risk as Pa. Reopens

Usama Bilal, MD, PhD, MPH an assistant professor at the UHC, was quoted in a May 26 Spotlight PA story, picked up by The Philadelphia Inquirer, about the stark racial divide on vaccinations.

View Story (The Philadelphia Inquirer) - 5.26.21

Food insecurity seems to have risen during the pandemic. Why that’s critical for Philadelphia’s early learners.

Félice Lê-Scherban, PhD, MPH training core co-lead at the UHC, was quoted in a May 4 Chalkbeat Philadelphia story about food insecurity during the pandemic and its effect on early learners.

View Story (Chalkbeat) - 5.4.21

Your Post Vaccine Activities Safety Guide

Usama Bilal, MD, PhD, MPH an assistant professor at the UHC, was featured in an article that discussed the level of coronavirus risk associated with specific activities

View Story (The Detroit News) - 4.28.21

Why Black and Latino People Still Lag on COVID Vaccines and How to Fix It

Sharrelle Barber, ScD, an assistant professor at the UHC, was quoted in an April 26 NPR "Shots" story about efforts in Philadelphia to increase vaccine access to diverse populations.

View Story (NPR) - 4.26.21

With All U.S. Adults Eligible, How Can More Be Convinced to Get Vaccinated?

Sharrelle Barber, ScD, an assistant professor at the UHC, was featured in a WHYY segment about methods to end racial inequities in COVID-19 vaccination in Philadelphia, also aired April 19 by NPR’s “Consider This” in a segment about how to encourage more people to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

View Story (WHYY) - 4.19.21

Esperanza FEMA Vaccine Site is Back on its Feet After J&J Setback

Sharrelle Barber, ScD, an assistant professor at the UHC, was quoted in an April 14 WHYY story about the importance of not leaving any communities behind in planning where to host Philadelphia’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

View Story (WHYY) - 4.14.21

You Can Drink, But Don’t Go on a Bender After Your Vaccine. Here’s Why.

Usama Bilal, MD, PhD, MPH, assistant professor at the UHC, was quoted in an April 5 Philadelphia Inquirer article on if it's okay to drink alcohol after getting vaccinated for COVID-19.

View Story (Philadelphia Inquirer) - 4.5.21

Pump the Brakes on Reopening: COVID is Spreading too Fast

Usama Bilal, MD, PhD, MPH, assistant professor at the UHC and Alina Schnake-Mahl, ScD, MPH, a postdoctoral fellow at the UHC, wrote an April 1 Daily News (New York) opinion piece that argued that restricting indoor dining is among the most effective measures for reducing COVID-19 spread.

View Story (NY Daily News) - 4.1.21

Distribution of COVID-19 Disparities by Neighborhood

Usama Bilal, MD, PhD, MPH, assistant professor at the UHC, was quoted in a March 30 WBEZ-Radio (Chicago) segment about leading a new study on distribution of COVID-19 disparities by neighborhood in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York City.

View Story (WBEZ-Radio) - 3.30.21

Your Chances of a Summer Spanish Getaway Hinge On Easter

Usama Bilal, MD, PhD, MPH, assistant professor at the UHC, was quoted in a March 29 Bloomberg opinion article about how Easter travel may influence COVID-19 cases in Spain.

View Story (Bloomberg Opinion) - 3.29.21

As vaccinations increase, you may want to dine indoors again. Here’s what to consider.

Jennifer Kolker, MPH, policy and community engagement core co-lead at the UHC, was quoted in a March 19 story in The Washington Post about the current risk associated with indoor dining during the pandemic.

View Story (The Washington Post) - 3.19.21

Pennsylvania's Legislative Black Caucus looks at COVID-19's impact on Blacks in Philadelphia

Sharrelle Barber, ScD, an assistant professor at the UHC, was quoted in a March 12 article in The Philadelphia Tribune about the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’s hearing on Thursday on the impact COVID-19 has had on Philadelphia’s Black community.

View Story (Philadelphia Tribune) - 3.12.21

Vulnerable Immigrants in Philly are Scrambling to get the COVID-19 Vaccine with Few Resources or Outreach

Mariana Lazo, MD, PhD an associate research professor at the UHC, was quoted in a March 2 Philadelphia Inquirer article about why finding a COVID-19 vaccine appointment is especially tough for immigrants with limited English.

View Story (Philadelphia Inquirer) - 3.2.21

Covid-19 Isn’t the Only Thing Shortening American Lives

Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health and director of the UHC was quoted in Feb. 23 Bloomberg opinion article about how COVID-19 is effecting new estimates of life expectancy.

View Story (Bloomberg) - 2.23.21

‘Like Christmas morning’ as Philly teachers get first COVID-19 shots, but grief for nearly 45,000 deaths in Pa. and N.J.

Sharrelle Barber, ScD, an assistant professor at the UHC, was quoted in a Feb. 22 Philadelphia Inquirer story, also published in the Philadelphia Daily News, about the growing hope brought on by the COVID-19 vaccine mingling with the deep grief people are experiencing as the U.S. marked 500,000 coronavirus-related deaths.

View Story (Philadelphia Inquirer) - 2.22.21

Are COVID-19 vaccines reaching minority communities? Pa. health officials aren't sure.

Usama Bilal, PhD, MD, an assistant professor at the Urban Health Collaborative, was quoted in a Lancaster Online article about how incomplete racial and ethnic data may be hindering health officials as they try to spot inequities in vaccine distribution and education.

View Story (Lancaster Online) - 2.9.21

Experts spent months on a fair COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, only to witness ‘a chaotic free-for-all’

Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PHD, dean at the Dornsife School of Public Health and director of the Urban Health Collaborative, and Sarah Long, MD, a professor in the College of Medicine, were featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about failures in the vaccine response to the pandemic.

View Story (Philadelphia Inquirer) - 2.6.21

The (im)morality of line-jumping to get COVID-19 vaccines

Usama Bilal, PhD, MD, an assistant professor at the Urban Health Collaborative, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about line-jumping to get COVID-19 vaccines. The article was also published by MSN Lifestyle.

View Story (Philadelphia Inquirer) - 2.5.21

Experts worry that Philly Fighting COVID fuels mistrust in medicine, especially for Black and brown communities

Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH, an assistant professor, UHC, was quoted in a Jan. 30 Philadelphia Inquirer article about mistrust in medicine that exists among marginalized communities.

View Story (Philadelphia Inquirer) - 1.30.21

Too Many Americans Still Mistrust the COVID-19 Vaccines. Here's Why.

Data on racial disparities in COVID-19 testing from Usama Bilal, MD, PhD, an assistant professor, UHC, was mentioned in a Jan. 5 TIME magazine article about distrust of COVID-19 vaccines.

View Story (TIME) - 1.6.21

2020

Indoor Dining Restrictions May Influence COVID-19 Case Counts.

Jennifer Kolker, MPH, policy and engagement core co-lead, was quoted in a Nov. 8 WCAU-TV (NBC-10) "NBC10@Issue" segment about new Urban Health Collaborative data about how indoor dining restrictions may influence COVID-19 case counts.

View Story (WCAU-TV) - 11.8.20

10 tips for hosting an outdoor Thanksgiving dinner during the coronavirus pandemic

A Philadelphia Inquirer story that quoted Usama Bilal, MD, PhD, an assistant professor at the UHC, about how and whether to celebrate Thanksgiving this year was picked up Nov. 5 by the Philadelphia Daily News and Nov. 4 by The Oregonian.

View Story (The Oregonian) - 11.4.20

View Story (AJC) - 11.2.20

View Story (Philadelphia Inquirer) - 10.29.20

View Story (MSN) - 10.12.20

When the Virus Came for the American Dream

Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH an assistant professor at the UHC was quoted in a Nov. 2 New York Times Magazine article about a report in The Lancet showing that the brunt of the pandemic has fallen on already vulnerable U.S. populations. 

View Story (The New York Times Magazine) - 11.2.20

Inside the Second Wave in Spain

Usama Bilal, MD, PhD, MPH, an assistant professor at the UHC was quoted in an Oct. 29 SER (Spain) article and Oct. 30 AS (Spain) article about Spain’s response to the pandemic.

View Story (AS) - 10.30.20

View Story (SER) - 10.29.20

School board gets details on Philly reopening

Jen Kolker, MPH policy and community engagement core co-lead at the UHC was quoted in an Oct. 22 Philadelphia Inquirer story about proposed reopening plans for the School District of Philadelphia.

View Story (Philadelphia Inquirer) - 10.22.20

Doctor calls for changes as African Americans account for a disproportionate number of COVID-19 deaths

Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH, an assistant research professor at the UHC, was quoted in a WLVT-TV (PBS-Allentown, Pennsylvania) story about racial disparities in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

View Story (WVUE) - 7.21.20
View Story (WAFB) - 7.21.20

What ‘Racism Is a Public Health Issue’ Means

Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH, an assistant research professor at the UHC, was quoted in a July 20 Smithsonian article about how the coronavirus has disproportionally sickened and killed marginalized communities.

View Story (Smithsonian) - 7.20.20

Study of 17 Million Identifies Crucial Risk Factors for Coronavirus Deaths

Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH, an assistant research professor at the UHC, and Usama Bilal, PhD, MD, MPH, an assistant professor at the UHC, were quoted in a July 8 New York Times article about a new study showing that race, ethnicity, age and gender can raise a person’s chances of dying from COVID-19.

View Story (The New York Times) - 6.8.20

Latino, Black neighborhoods struggle with test disparities

Usama Bilal, PhD, MD, MPH, an assistant professor at the UHC, was quoted in a July 6 Associated Press article about COVID-19 testing disparities. The article ran in the Washington Post, PBS Newshour, The Philadelphia Tribune and other news outlets nationwide.

View Story (The Washington Post) - 6.6.20

Will Covid-19 Be a Turning Point in the Fight Against Racial Disparities in Health Care?

Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH, an assistant research professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a June 1 WHYY-Radio segment about some of the factors that led to current protests over racial inequality. Barber was also quoted in a June 1 story in The Nation about COVID-19’s impact on the longstanding fight against racial disparities in health care.

View Story (WHYY) – 6.1.20
View Story (The Nation) – 6.1.20

Plans to move Philly to ‘yellow’ forge ahead

Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH, an assistant research professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a June 2 WHYY story about continued plans in Philadelphia to move to the ‘yellow’ phase of re-opening on Friday.

View Story (WHYY) – 6.2.20

View Story (Tribune) – 6.2.20

Will Covid-19 Be a Turning Point in the Fight Against Racial Disparities in Health Care?

Usama Bilal, MD, PhD, MPH, an assistant professor at the UHC, was quoted in a June 1 story in The Nation about about whether COVID-19 will be a turning point in the fight against racial disparities in health care.

View Story (The Nation) – 6.1.20

New Pandemic, Old Story

Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, dean and distinguished university professor of the Dornsife School of Public Health, authored a May 5 "Field Notes'" commentary in The Brooklyn Rail about how the pandemic has exposed the links between social, economic and political systems we have created for ourselves and our health.

View Story (Inquirer) - 5.12.20
View Story (Brooklyn Rail) - 5.7.20

How Many Lives Have Stay-at-Home Orders Saved?

Black Americans Face Alarming Rates of Coronavirus Infection in Some States

Racism in the Time of COVID-19

Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH, an assistant research professor at the UHC, co-wrote an article for the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS) about racism in the time of COVID-19 and the history of systematic racism and illness.

View Story (IAPHS) - 4.9.20

Trump Admin Now Says Funding for COVID-19 Testing Sites Will Continue

Usama Bilal, MD, PhD, MPH, an assistant professor at the UHC, spoke to the Rolling Stone about plans to end federal support for COVID-19 testing and transitioning the responsibility and funding to states, "Any time a reduction in accessibility in a health resource happens, it is the most vulnerable populations that suffer,” Bilal continued. “People with access to more resources (wealthier, more educated, etc.) tend to have the ability to access those resources through other means (in this case, private testing through referral from the doctor they usually see)."

View Story (Rolling Stone) - 4.9.20

Positive Tests Higher In Poorer Neighborhoods Despite Six Times More Testing In Higher-Income Neighborhoods, Researcher Says

WHYY's Radio Times: Poverty and the Pandemic

Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the UHC, spoke with host Marty Moss-Coane of WHYY's Radio Times about the coronavirus outbreak’s toll on poor communities. Philadelphia has among the highest poverty rate of any American city, with 26% of residents living below the poverty line.

View Story (WHYY's Radio Times) - 4.7.20

States Need Coronavirus Data to Make Timely Decisions. What They Share with the Public Varies Widely.

Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH, an assistant research professor at the UHC, were quoted in an April 27 Spotlight PA article about how coronavirus data is being shared among states to inform decision-making. The story was published April 27 by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pew Charitable Trusts, York Dispatch and other newspapers across Pennsylvania.

View Story (Spotlight PA) - 4.27.20

UHC and Dornsife Experts

UHC and Dornsife faculty continue to offer expert commentary and analysis on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in local, national, and international media outlets.

News media professionals should contact Greg Richter, News Manager, at 215.895.2614 or gdr33@drexel.edu, to schedule an interview with a Dornsife faculty expert.