Need to Address Public Health Infrastructure

From the WashPost: To fight covid-19, Congress has to reward state cooperation

As the August recess looms, Congress is running out of time to do right by the American people with regard to the coronavirus. The craziest thing is that the most important part of what should be in the expected multi-trillion-dollar relief package is the least expensive: the estimated $75 billion necessary for public health infrastructure.

We are not in a recession arising from internal failures of the financial and market system. It’s the real economy that’s been shocked, by illness and fear, and addressing those shocks is the only way out. Only a full and effective public health response will put our economy and society back on a sound footing. And the most important thing Congress could do costs no additional money: It should distribute some portion of that needed public health appropriation in the form of bonus funds to states that establish formal regional collaborations for addressing the crucial matter of testing.

“Resetting the Approach to Covid-19”

Resetting the Approach to COVID-19. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip the United States and we see the number of cases rise, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has released The Way Forward on COVID-19: A Road Map to Reset the Nation’s Approach to the Pandemic.

The AAMC is made up of 172 accredited medical schools in the U.S. and Canada, and has over 400 teaching hospitals and medical systems. Having medical professionals working on the frontlines of the pandemic, AAMC proposes an evidence-based approach to tackling COVID-19 that centers around 9 immediate actions to be taken:

Senior Citizens and New Technology

Pandemic Response Roiled by the Technology Divide in Seniors. Zoom and FaceTime have been lifesavers for many older adults staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic. But an unprecedented shift to virtual interactions has a downside: Large numbers of seniors are unable to participate.

The Diva would add that some seniors who possess the technology still find that  major conferences requiring many hours of online connection are challenging.

Another Serious Loss Pending

From VOX: A small federal agency focused on preventing industrial disasters is on life support. Trump wants it gone. The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board is without enough voting members, and its A small federal agency focused on preventing industrial disasters is on life support. Trump wants it gone.

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board is without enough voting members, and its investigations are stuck in limbo.

Impact 360 Toolkit

From the Impact 360 Alliance: Toolkit360: Inclusive Problem-Solving Toolkit For Reducing Natural Hazards Impacts and Disaster Risk

Toolkit360 is a set of 12 tools for facilitating inclusive problem-solving between researchers and practitioners working to reduce natural hazards impacts and disaster risk. These tools are process models for going from jointly understanding a problem to integrating new solutions.

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