From APHA – Racism is an ongoing public health crisis that needs our attention now

Date: May 29 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: APHA Media Relations, 202-777-3913


Statement from APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD

“I can’t breathe.”

With those last words, George Floyd, an unarmed, handcuffed black man, died this week after being pinned down by a white Minneapolis police officer, an atrocious action that has sparked outrage throughout the nation.

We raise our voices, too, horrified, stunned and angered.

We are appalled but are not surprised by the despicable way Floyd was killed. We weep for the man, his family and a country that continues to allow this to happen. We also join in the chorus for justice and ring the alarm to all Americans. Racism is a longstanding systemic structure in this country that must be dismantled, through brutally honest conversations, policy changes and practices.

Racism attacks people’s physical and mental health. And racism is an ongoing public health crisis that needs our attention now!

We see discrimination every day in all aspects of life, including housing, education, the criminal justice system and employment. And it is amplified during this pandemic as communities of color face inequities in everything from a greater burden of COVID-19 cases to less access to testing, treatment and care.

Americans cannot be silent about this.As Martin Luther King, Jr. observed, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

We refuse to be silent, and we call for you to join us in our advocacy for a healthier nation. At the American Public Health Association, every moment of our waking hours is poured into finding better, more healthful lives for all, so everyone has a chance to breathe. It’s our life-blood.

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APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that combines a nearly 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. Visit us at www.apha.org.

Coronavirus Testing

Testing will be prioritized for:

  • Any symptomatic individual.
  • Anyone with known exposure to COVID-19.
  • All long-term care residents and staff.
  • Vulnerable Delaware populations, including elderly Delawareans and members of low-income communities.
  • Certain front-line essential workers.

Symptoms

Discuss with your doctor if you have elevated temperature, cough, difficulty with breathing, or muscle aches.

Things to know

Individuals who have symptoms should stay at home. Many individuals infected with COVID-19 recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids and taking pain and fever-reducing medications. It’s important to be aware of your symptoms and take precautions. In some cases, illness can be severe and require hospitalization.

If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and make sure to let the dispatcher know which symptoms you are experiencing.

If you may have been exposed but don’t have symptoms

  • No need to go to the emergency room (ER); it’s important to preserve ER resources and avoid exposing vulnerable people to the virus.
  • Stay home and make sure to distance yourself from vulnerable populations.
  • Monitor your symptoms to see if anything changes.

Check out Delaware’s Upcoming Testing Sites HERE

NAM Responds to the COVID-19 Crisis

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are responding to the COVID-19 crisis across diverse sectors, including health and medicine, scientific discovery and innovation, technology, transportation, and beyond. Browse the latest updates below or visit our Coronavirus Resource Center for a comprehensive list of events, publications, and engagement opportunities.

COVID-19 Update Featuring Experts Including Anthony Fauci
Part of the 157th National Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, this special late-breaking session provided deeper insights into the latest developments in the global response to COVID-19.
Read more >>

National Academies, National Science Foundation Create Network to Connect Decision-Makers with Social Scientists on Pressing COVID-19 Questions | April 29, 2020
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the National Science Foundation announced the formation of a Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN) to connect social and behavioral science researchers with decision-makers who are leading the response to COVID-19. SEAN will respond to the most pressing social, behavioral, and economic questions that are being asked by federal, state, and local officials by working with appropriate experts to quickly provide actionable answers. Read the full announcement >>

Exploring the Importance of Pharmacies to Public Health | April 22, 2020
Pharmacies have been one of the few types of businesses allowed to stay open despite states’ closures of nonessential businesses to help contain COVID-19 — a fact that reflects the key role they play in supporting public health, explains Dima M. Qato, an associate professor at the University of Illinois’ College of Pharmacy and the current National Academy of Medicine Fellow in Pharmacy. Read the full story >>

Nemours/AI duPont: Pediatric COVID-19 Online Resource

Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children has developed a pediatric, COVID-19 evidence-based literature online resource. It includes freely available articles and resources selected by Nemours faculty and medical librarians. Nemours has also given physicians the ability to claim CME credit relating to their search for pediatric evidence.

There is also a special feature on practice management resources for pediatric primary care providers.

http://www.hottopicsinpediatrics.org/covid19.html

COVID-19 Stimulus Payments

FROM: The IRS and the Director of the Division of Revenue

TO: Lower income individuals who are eligible for a stimulus payment but were not required to file a tax return in 2018 or 2019.

US citizens and permanent residents with individual gross income less than $12,200 ($24,400 married) that are not on Social Security or Social Security disability and are not declared as dependents of others may use the following tools to get COVID-19 and other Economic Impact Payments.

Find more information at www.irs.gov/eip

Public Health Hangout

The Mid-Atlantic Partnership brings you this weekly forum to discuss a series of topics related to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

We have been asked about information and resources on how public health professionals working from home can support the front lines in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. So, bring your lunch, your questions and your ideas and a FRIEND! Registration is required!

Previous Topics:

  • Mental Health
  • Volunteering / What can I do?
  • Food Access
  • Housing

Upcoming Topics

  • Education (K-12) and Students
  • Education (Undergraduate & Graduate)

Mental Health Resources

Our April 13th hangout had almost 60 participants who brought their passion and discussion to the topic of mental health – what this means for our vulnerable populations, health care workers, PTSD from COVID-19 on families, resources and tips to seek help in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. A number of resources were shared on mental and behavioral health:

Pennsylvania:

Delaware:

Maryland:

NIH All of Us Research Program

ABOUT All of Us

 

Too often, health care is one size fits all. Treatments meant for the “average” patient may not work well for individual people. Health care providers may find it difficult to coordinate care among specialists or to access all of a patient’s health information. Researchers may spend lots of time and resources creating new databases for every study.

All of Us is working to improve health care through research. Unlike research studies that focus on one disease or group of people, All of Us is building a diverse database that can inform thousands of studies on a variety of health conditions. This creates more opportunities to:

  •  Know the risk factors for certain diseases
  • Figure out which treatments work best for people of different backgrounds
  • Connect people with the right clinical studies for their needs
  • Learn how technologies can help us take steps to be healthier
PRECISION MEDICINE

The National Institutes of Health formed the Precision Medicine Initiative Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director in March 2015. The group concluded its work in September 2015 with a detailed report. The report provided a framework for setting up the All of Us Research Program.

Precisionmedicine:

  • Is based on you as an individual
  • Takes into account your environment (where you live), lifestyle (what you do), and your family health history and genetic makeup
  • Gives health care providers the information they need to make customized recommendations for people of different backgrounds, ages, and regions
  • Helps you get better information about how to be healthier • Reduces health care costs by matching the right person with the right treatment the first time

All of Us is part of a new era in which researchers, health care providers, technology experts, community partners, and the public work together to develop individualized health care. Learn more about who is involved.

A DELAWARE PERSPECTIVE

The All of Us research program is transformative as it will generate insightful data encompassing the diversity that comprises our population. I am particularly proud of Tim Gibbs and his colleagues at the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association for their important contribution to this program, particularly because it influences how we develop CRISPR-directed gene editing for human therapy. This breakthrough technology relies heavily on the underlying DNA sequence of an individual genome for effective action so having genomic databases that truly reflect that diversity will help us design tools not for a privileged few, but for…All of Us. The research objective of this wonderful program aligns perfectly with the ChristianaCare mission of a patient-first approach to therapeutic gene editing for cancer and infectious diseases.

Eric B. Kmiec, Ph.D.
Director, Gene Editing Institute Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute ChristianaCare

TAKE ACTION – OUR GOAL

The goal of the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association is to see Delaware’s residents, in all of our diversity, well represented in the All of Us Research Program. During this COVID-19 pandemic the importance of programs like All of Us is highlighted more than ever.

Timothy E. Gibbs, MPH
Executive Director Delaware Academy of Medicine Delaware Public Health Association

Click here to join!

https://participant.joinallofus.org/#/register

A STATEMENT FROM THE NIH – ALL OF US COVID-19 RESPONSE

The All of Us Research Program is dedicated to better health, both in the future and today. We have all watched the increase in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the U.S. We believe it is important to act in the best interest for our participants, their families, and the All of Us team to protect their health.

To this end, we’re pausing all in-person All of Us appointments and events. We anticipate that this pause will last for at least one month. We will continually assess and make decisions about whether this pause will extend.

It is vital at this moment that individuals, whether they feel sick or healthy, distance themselves from others to help slow the exposure and spread of this virus. In addition, postponing these appointments will help reduce the number of non-essential visits to clinics and other health care providers. We must make sure our health care providers are free to see sick patients first. We’ll continue tracking this situation and will share more updates as needed.

This pause impacts only in-person activities, which include:

  • Clinic appointments to provide physical measurements and donation of biosamples (blood, urine, and/or saliva)
  • Community events, including All of Us Journey tour stops

If you have a clinic appointment scheduled, your local enrollment partner will contact you to reschedule.
People can still sign up and take part in the program online at JoinAllofUs.org. Existing participants can also sign in to their accounts and answer survey questions.

In times like this, health research feels especially important. Together, we can help make a difference in speeding up research and improving the health of our communities.

Please take care of yourselves and your neighbors. For updates on COVID-19 and tips on staying safe, please visit coronavirus.gov.

With thanks,

Josh Denny, M.D., M.S.
Chief Executive Officer All of Us Research Program

COVID-19 Updates

Delaware is currently under a State of Emergency due to the Coronavirus Outbreak. As of Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 8:00 am, a Stay-at-Home Order is in effect for non-essential Delaware businesses, and individuals. On Sunday, March 29, 2020, Governor Carney ordered all out-of-state visitors to quarantine themselves for 14 days. Please do your part to keep everyone safe and, if you are able, STAY HOME!

  • Division of Health and Social Services
    • Information Line: 1-866-408-1899
    • Information Line (TTY): 1-800-232-5460
  • Press Releases related to the coronavirus can be found here
  • For the latest Delaware updates, please go to de.gov/coronavirus

While we will do our best to keep you up to date, due to the ever changing nature of this pandemic updates may lag behind realtime. Please visit the Immunization Coalition of Delaware webpage (a program of the Academy/DPHA and the Division of Public Health) and the DHSS website (above) for more up to date information.

More Resources:

APHA COVID-19 Resources


As the world’s attention is increasingly focusing on the novel coronavirus outbreak, APHA’s goal is to help spread accurate, timely and helpful information to the public health community and the general public.

Among the Association’s newest offerings:

  • A COVID-19 page on apha.org for public health professionals that links to APHA resources as well as those from such trusted sources as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
  • A Get Ready page for the general public that includes links to coronavirus fact sheets in English, Spanish, French and Chinese, mythbusters and links to FAQs and guidance.

DPH Announces Coronavirus Call Center

DOVER, DE (March 4, 2020) As part of the state’s response to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak that has impacted many countries, including the U.S., the Division of Public Health (DPH) is announcing the opening of a call center at its State Health Operations Center (SHOC) in Smyrna. The call center is open to take questions from the public, schools, medical providers, state agencies and community organizations. Hours of operation will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hours may be adjusted to accommodate for peak volume. Any changes will be communicated through press release and social media communications.

The call center number is 1-866-408-1899. There is also an email address where individuals can submit questions: DPHCall@delaware.gov .  A recorded message will provide instructions for persons calling after 4:30 p.m. or on weekends who may have symptoms of concern.  Additionally, if you are a returning traveler from a country with a level 2 Travel Alert or higher (China, Japan, Italy, South Korea or Iran), and have a medical emergency, you should contact 9-1-1.

“We are receiving a tremendous number of calls from concerned individuals, and from organizations seeking guidance on what they should be doing to mitigate community spread of coronavirus disease, should it occur in Delaware,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “Opening this call center will enable us to answer people’s very valid concerns and enable key epidemiology staff to better focus on the job of monitoring returning travelers, and maintaining our high level of surveillance.”

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Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month – https://www.alz.org/abam/overview.asp
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http://nationaltrailsday.americanhiking.org/)
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June 21: Father’s Day
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June 27: National HIV Testing Day ( http://www.aids.gov)