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Abigail Meller is an aspiring activist, feminist, and a couple of other –ists, with a passion for health policy, advocacy work, and civil rights. Join her as she discusses current public health, healthcare policy, and social justice issues on Generation Invincible, a bi-weekly podcast by a millennial, for millennials.
 
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In this episode, we discuss the new BA.2 variant, a sublineage of Omicron (aka BA.1). How does BA.2 differ from BA.1/Omicron, and from Delta for that matter? We share news and information from the US, Denmark, Japan, South Africa, as well as the World Health Organization about this new variant and why some people feel hopeful - despite the continue…
 
In this episode, we are talking about the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session with Cory Meadows, Deputy Executive Vice President and Director of Advocacy for the Kentucky Medical Association. Cory will give us insights into health-related legislation that may be discussed in Frankfort as well as a preview of the KMA legislative priorities.…
 
In this episode we discuss Covid19, the Omicron variant, and the emerging rates of disability caused by the phenomenon of long haul COVID health concerns. Other news updates: COVID Hospitalizations and kids: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/coronavirus/striking-increase-ny-urgent-advisory-to-pediatricians-as-child-covid-hospitalizations-quadruple/34…
 
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. --- T…
 
In this interview, we learn about the types of disinformation and created pseudoscience being heard and followed by some populations in Latin America. In particular we speak to Leah Varjacques of VICE News about her documentary work in Argentina and Bolivia and the rumors that are heard and believed about COVID vaccines. We also discuss the importa…
 
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…
 
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 childre…
 
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. We discuss: -The difference between guidelines (such as CDC quarantine guidance) -The differing policies for schools and their return to campus for testing and vaccine veri…
 
Public health agencies are doing their work to the best of their abilities but is this enough? In this episode we discuss the abilities and the limitations of public health agencies. We discuss the new CDC guidance, breakthrough cases and children hospitalized and unprotected from COVID. We also discuss the culture of reactive vs. proactive public …
 
In this episode we speak to our friend Christie Lazo of the Vida With Christie Podcast, north of our border in Toronto, Canada about the current environment of dealing with the pandemic and navigating schooling for her daughter. We discuss the political, legislative, and educational climate during the 3rd wave of the pandemic. We also discuss the w…
 
Although in some countries things have reopened and people feel ready to live in a post-COVID society, unfortuntately this is not yet the case. In Latin America we are seeing COVID hotspots from a global perspective and the socioeconomic impact of the pandemic is clearly emerging. Professor Pamela P. Martinez, Assistant Professor of Microbiology of…
 
Despite many months into the pandemic, do you still feel unclear about what public health is and what public health is designed to do? Do you know what epidemiology is, and how this field of study saves lives during epidemics and pandemics?There is still a wealth of confusion as it relates to what public health is and how it differs from emergency …
 
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 …
 
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 inte…
 
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 i…
 
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 i…
 
In this episode, Dr. April shares the new chapter of the international drama of the COVID 19 pandemic. Since Season 1 we have seen a clearer understanding of how the virus works, and are seeing the best development so far in the form of vaccines. But the story is still not over as we face new variants, some of which are of concern.New Covid Variant…
 
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. References: …
 
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, n…
 
In this episode Dr. April discusses a few emerging articles and updates on COVID-19 news locally, nationally and globally. We discuss the topic of underlying conditions related to COVID deaths, number of cases, deaths, and even recoveries. Then we discuss children, school reopenings and COVID-related illnesses affecting children. We also discuss th…
 
What is it like to live in another country, as a military spouse, 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 …
 
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 i…
 
Hannah Lebovits, incoming Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the University of Texas, Arlington joins us today to discuss the importance of valuing livelihoods and safety from a social sustainability perspective. She shares her recent Twitter posting on the experience of her children attending a summer camp, where numerous individuals …
 
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 su…
 
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 politi…
 
How can we work with the principles of public health to improve pandemic control and disease prevention while reducing health disparities in the process? In this episode we speak to Farah Masood, faculty in biostatistics and epidemiology in Southern California to discuss the pandemic, public health measures, the glaring health disparities of the vi…
 
There is so much misinformation out there, and what is it that we can actually trust? In this episode we speak to Dr. Sajjad Fazel, Public Health Associate at Western University in Calgary, Canada. We hear about the work that Dr. Fazel has been involved in and he also provides information about some questions that still remain during this phase of …
 
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-f…
 
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 w…
 
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…
 
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 wearin…
 
Have you been wondering what COVID-19 pandemic response looks like in Cuba? In this episode we speak to Jiddou Sarkar, a medical student living in Havana, Cuba during the pandemic. We learn about the history of international medical collaboration in Cuba, the regular challenges of accessing resources in an embargoed nation, and the proactive practi…
 
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 podca…
 
What does COVID-19 economic recovery look like when considering the health and status of women? The State of Hawai’i took quick action to provide an answer to this with respect to income inequality and economic security for women and their families, and developed the nation's first feminist economic plan for COVID-19 response. In this episode we sp…
 
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 multicultur…
 
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…
 
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 pandemi…
 
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, orde…
 
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 o…
 
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 le…
 
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 scho…
 
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 ta…
 
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