APHA launches new Spanish-language resource hub at COVIDGuia.org for public, policymakers

APHA curates COVID-19 tips and information geared toward Hispanic/Latino communities

APHA is compiling the latest evidence-based information on COVID-19 into one, easy-to-navigate spot.

COVIDGuia.org is a Spanish-language resource that shares up-to-date, science-based information and tools from credible sources. Topics include guidance on reopening, personal and community prevention tips, workplace safety guidance, and recommendations for safe voting and returning to school. It is the sister site to COVIDGuidance.org, an English-language site that was launched last month.

“Every day, we’re being hit with mixed messages and misinformation about COVID-19, and that’s a real danger to our ability to contain the virus,” said José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA, president-elect of the American Public Health Association. “We launched COVIDGuia.org to help everyone easily find information that’s based on sound science and public health recommendations.”

The compilation of resources developed in collaboration with the Latinx COVID-19 Task Force is designed to help communities, individuals and policymakers to make informed decisions about COVID-19. The resource organizes rapidly updated guidance and recommendations from trusted sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins University.

Access and bookmark the new resource page at COVIDGuia.org.

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The American Public Health Association 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. Learn more at www.apha.org.

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

Statement from APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD

“I can’t breathe.”

With those last words, George Floyd, an unarmed, handcuffed black man, died 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 http://www.apha.org.


APHA’s Racism and Health Resources

APHA’s Racism and Health page: 

https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/health-equity/racism-and-health (you can tweet/share the Alias, which is apha.org/racism

APHA’s new webinar series, Advancing Racial Equity: 

https://apha.org/events-and-meetings/webinars/racial-equity (also has an Alias you can share, which is apha.org/racial-equity)

APHA’s Health Equity page: 

https://apha.org/topics-and-issues/health-equity

APHA’s COVID-19 and Equity page:

 https://apha.org/topics-and-issues/communicable-disease/coronavirus/equity

Public Health Newswire health equity posts: 

http://publichealthnewswire.org/?cat=health-equity

Lend your voice to the IH Section’s Communications Team!

The IH Section’s communications team is currently looking for volunteers who want to get involved in our section’s communications activities.

This is a great opportunity for self starters interested in engaging with the global health community through our communications channels by drawing attention to relevant global health topics, encouraging public support and action on pressing global health issues, preventing the spread of misinformation, and providing transparency into the work of the APHA and the International Health section. Applicants must maintain current membership in APHA’s International Health section.

Social Media Associates

We are seeking individuals with social media skills. The volunteer will:

  • Routinely share relevant content on social media and engage followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Share content from Social Media Subcommittee leadership within 2-4 hours or receiving it, during the hours of 8 am-5 pm in a U.S. time zone. Content may have to be changed to an appropriate format in order to share effectively to social media pages
  • Participate in social media subcommittee meetings
  • Assist with special projects as needed

Those who can serve as an associate for 4 months or more will have priority.

Please contact: ihsection.communications@gmail.com for more information.

COVID-19 Guest Contributors for IH Connect

COVID-19 contributors will write up an original analysis or commentary on COVID-19 for our blog. We do not accept applications from contributors wanting to promote a specific product, brand, or organization. 

Please contact: ihsection.communications@gmail.com for more information.

Regular Contributors for IH Connect

Regular contributors write up original analysis, commentary, or education on global health topics for our blog once a month. Regular contributors will also help to regularly maintain the IH website by posting relevant section news, events, webinars, workshops, etc. We do not accept applications from contributors wanting to promote a specific product, brand, or organization. 

4+ hours per month, 6 month minimum commitment.

Please contact: ihsection.communications@gmail.com for more information.

The Intersection of Climate Change and COVID-19 Resource Guide now available!

The IH section’s Climate Change and Health working group has released a new resource guide on the intersection of climate change and COVID-19. Included are reports, articles, and webinars.

To learn more about the Climate Change and Health working group or to volunteer, please visit their website here: https://ihandcc.wordpress.com/

Special call for abstracts on the COVID-19 pandemic for the 2020 APHA Annual Meeting

The International Health Section has put out a special call for abstracts on the COVID-19 pandemic for 2020 APHA Annual Meeting:

https://apha.confex.com/apha/2020/ih.htm

We will accept submissions on both research- and program-based work; however, all submissions in response to this call must be directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Abstracts must include the purpose of the work, a description of information and methods used, results, and discussion. As part of the International Health Section program, all submissions should relate to the pandemic, the response, and its effects on health in countries outside the US.

We particularly encourage submissions with the following themes:

–COVID-19 effects on the strength and resiliency of health systems
–COVID-19 among displaced populations** or in conflict settings
–COVID-19 effects on NCDs (mental health, chronic conditions/comorbidities, etc.)
–COVID-19 and human rights (could collaborate with the HR forum on this one)
–COVID-19 and social determinants/marginalized populations
–COVID-19 as a threat to and an opportunity for the integration of medical and public health systems
–COVID-19, globalism, and the goals of global health

The submission deadline for COVID-19 abstracts is 11:59pm (PST) on Friday, May 15. Please submit your abstract under the “COVID-19: Special Call for Abstracts” topic here:
https://apha.confex.com/apha/2020/ih.htm

Any abstracts on topics other than COVID-19 will not be accepted.

Please distribute among your networks!