Center assists in forming new initiative focused on infectious diseases

The Institute for Public Health’s Center for Dissemination and Implementation, the Brown School and the School of Medicine’s Infectious Disease Division at Washington University in St. Louis have collaborated to launch the Infectious Disease Dissemination and Implementation Science (IDDI) Initiative. “The time is right for a collaborative effort in implementation science and a broad swath of […]

Vaccinations: The path back to normal?

This blogpost by Summer Research Program student Sabir Khan, concerns the current state of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.

Among COVID-19 survivors, an increased risk of death, serious illness (Links to an external site)

Originally published by the Washington University School of Medicine. News release written by Julia Evangelou Strait. A major study, partially supported by the Institute for Public Health, details long-term effects of COVID-19 among those who have survived the virus. The study’s senior author is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Ziyad Al-Aly, MD, an Institute faculty scholar […]

Why older people are among the first to get the vaccine

By Nancy Morrow-Howell, MSW, PhD, the Bettie Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professor of Social Policy, Brown School of Social Work and director of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging On December 8, 2020, the first Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine went into the arm of a 90-year-old woman, Margaret Keenan, with the second delivered to an 81-year-old […]

COVID-19 patients at higher risk of death, health problems than those with flu (Links to an external site)

This research was funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; the Institute for Public Health at Washington University; The American Society of Nephrology; and The KidneyCure Foundation. Ziyad Al-Aly, MD, who headed the study, is also a Faculty Scholar at the Institute for Public Health. This article was originally published by the Washington University […]

2020: Artful global health reflections

For many, this year was like no other in recent memory: politics, COVID-19, natural disasters like wildfires and hurricanes, mental health, racism, etc. What is your personal perception of how 2020 has affected Global Health? The Global Health Center compiled this capsule of reflections and artwork from Global Health practitioners, students and faculty. Title: Hunger […]

COVID-19 and Compounding Losses

by Barbara L. Finch, MLA, Alumna, Washington University in St. Louis The older adults I know are scared. In the independent living retirement community where I live, eight months of isolation because of Covid-19 is beginning to take its toll.  While we are no longer “locked down” like we were during the first few months of […]

Reflection: COVID-19 exacerbates ageism in our society

by Danielle Friz, BSN Candidate, ’21, University of Missouri – St. Louis; participant Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program- Aging and Neurological Diseases Track In a seminar led by Dr. Nancy Morrow-Howell, director of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for­­ Aging, I was very interested to learn about how ageism has played such a […]

A contrasting response to COVID-19: Ireland and the United States

Written by Farhana Nabi, MD candidate at the University College Dublin & University College Dublin Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program The week of March 15th, I packed and unpacked my bags several times as I considered moving back home to Brooklyn. I had just gotten back from a road […]

Reflection: Public health in St. Louis

Written by Lauren Jennings, BS Candidate, University of Kansas; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track  As a rising senior at the University of Kansas, I study Molecular Biology on the premedical track. My experiences working with marginalized groups in my collegiate career paired with my […]

COVID-19: Research advancements at WashU

Written by Emmanuel K. Tetteh, MD, MPH Candidate ’21 Washington University in St. Louis; Stephanie and Chris Doerr Summer Research Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track As COVID-19 cases in the United States and globally continue to rise, there is an urgent need […]

COVID-19 double jeopardy: The intersection of race and age

Written by Emma Swinford, Natalie Galucia and Nancy Morrow-Howell Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis The American Society on Aging recently released a statement, which begins, “Age offers no immunity to racism and violence.” In fact, age often magnifies the impact of structural inequalities like racism. […]

Institute awards funding for COVID-19 projects that study its impact on individuals and communities

The Institute for Public Health announces funding for seven research projects aimed at social and policy countermeasures in health that will mitigate the spread and negative impact of COVID-19 among individuals and communities. “While it’s important to advance research on basic science, testing and treatment for COVID-19, it’s equally important to understand the social, mental, […]

COVID-19: Viewing the Virus from Senior Living and Senior Living

Written by Barbara L. Finch, MLA and alumna, Washington University in St. Louis Shortly before my husband and I moved into an independent living retirement community three years ago, a friend asked: “Will this be like living in a college dorm?” In some ways it is. There are a number of people (in our case, […]

Center for Dissemination and Implementation Awards Rapid Add-On (RAD) Funding

The Center for Dissemination and Implementation has awarded $15,000 in Rapid Add-on Funding to the following study, which centers on the impact of a lapse in education to Pakistani and Afghani children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The RAD funding mechanism enables investigators to rapidly “add-on” measurements or pilot data collection to an existing observational or experimental research […]

COVID-19: Modeling and Moving Forward

Written by Kim Furlow, Institute for Public Health; Elvin Geng, MD, MPH, director, Center for Dissemination and Implementation; and Karen Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH, co-director, Center for Health Economics and Policy Members of the Institute for Public Health team are using mathematical and epidemiological modeling to help inform local and state government and health authorities’ […]

Opinion: Ageism in COVID coverage shrouds full picture of older adult population

Written by Nancy Morrow-Howell, Natalie Galucia and Emma Swinford of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis News coverage of the pandemic addresses everyone in later life as one monolithic group – “the elderly” – vulnerable, lonely, living in retirement facilities. Of course, attention […]

COVID-19: Community Conversations

Across the world, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is affecting the lives of nearly every single person. A special spotlight series presented by the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, features conversations with diverse members of the St. Louis regional community regarding how they view the pandemic, and what strategies they use to thrive in this time of […]

COVID-19 & older adults: Time Management & self-care skills

Written by Natalie Galucia, MSW; Nancy Morrow-Howell, MSW, PhD; and Emma Swinford, MPH, MSW, Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging Embed from Getty Images Stay-at-home orders have meant that the routines of millions of people have been disrupted. To stay safe at home, many older adults have been disconnected from jobs, travel plans, grandparent obligations, […]

COVID-19: Voices from WashU at Home

The Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health is featuring a series of blogs written by students who are isolating at home during the Coronavirus pandemic. These are a few of their stories: Reyan CoskunMedical Student Before medical school started, I had dedicated my last free summer to reading as many books as I […]

Good mental health during COVID-19

Written by Jessica A. Gold, MD, MS, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine & Faculty Scholar at the Institute for Public Health “How are you?” These three little words used to just be a casual greeting between friends, family, a doctor and a patient, or even casual acquaintances. They […]

Shared perspective of the impact of COVID-19 on patients at Liga Nacional Contra El Cancer e Instituto Nacional de Cancerología in Guatemala

Written by Angel Velarde, MD, MSCE, research director at LNCC-Incan & collaborator on the USAID-ASHA grant The President of Liga Nacional Contra El Cáncer (LIGA) e Instituto Nacional de Cancerología (INCAN), Dr. Vicky De Falla, announced that despite the impact of COVID-19 on Guatemala, patients at INCAN are still receiving radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment, although […]