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Erick Goosby on PBS News Hour: Global leaders pledge billions to combat infectious diseases after COVID causes setbacks

By Dr. Alok Patel and Caleb Hellerman on PBS.org on September 30, 2022
"Alongside the United Nations General Assembly this week, a push for the fight against infectious diseases. Most countries signed on, but the U.K. is a holdout. As special correspondent Dr. Alok Patel reports, with governments’ budgets tightening, there is concern that life saving programs might...

Securing Global Fund Replenishment to avoid another Cassandra moment

By Michel Reid and Eric Goosby on September 30, 2022
Named after the mythical prophetess in Greek mythology who predicted the downfall of Troy but was not believed, the Cassandra complex has been widely ascribed to how many people warned about the threat of an impending pandemic well in advance of the first case of COVID-19, even as little was done...

Budget Agreement Sets California on New Course for Public Health, Equity

June 29, 2022
After a Decade of Disinvestment, California will Begin to Rebuild Local Public Health Capacity, Develop Pipeline of Future Public Health Workers to Deliver Health Equity SACRAMENTO, CA — California Can’t Wait (CACantWait), a coalition of public health officials, local leaders, frontline workers,...

PhD student Lucia Abascal models public health communications in Spanish – and wins

June 29, 2022
The most successful scientists can describe their research succinctly and without jargon, allowing them to convey to patients, research participants, journalists, philanthropists and policy makers why their work matters. The UCSF Grad Slam offers UCSF students the chance to begin learning how to...

5K for Vaccine Equity Raises $23,000 for COVAX

By Taytum Sanderbeck, Digital Communications Specialist, UPIEA on April 28, 2022
On a cold, sunny morning in March, more than 100 people from the IGHS community arrived at Crissy Field in San Francisco for a 5k race fundraiser for vaccine equity. UCSF’s Pandemic Initiative for Equity and Action (UPIEA) hosted this event to raise money for the Get1Give1 vaccine campaign...

Community-centered Approaches to Vaccine Communications (Video)

By UCSF Institute for Global Health Science on February 9, 2022
Luis Gutierrez Mock, Public Health Specialist with UCSF Pandemic Initiative for Equity and Action, partnered with UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS) and a panel of experts from across the globe to discuss their experiences with vaccine hesitancy and misinformation. 

IGHS's COVID work expands to include watching for new emerging viruses in high-risk countries

By Cameron Scott on January 13, 2022
The UCSF Pandemic Initiative for Equity and Action (UPIEA) is embarking on a new project to work with national ministries of health in Latin American and Middle East and North African countries, with backing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop new viral disease...

Can Virtual Reality Be Used to Combat Racial Bias in Health Care?

By April Dembosky (KQED News) on December 15, 2021
When you slip the virtual reality headset over your eyes and take hold of the hand controls, a middle-aged Black woman appears before you. When you move your hands, she moves hers. When you turn your head to the left, so does she. “You are Monique Williams,” the VR narrator says. “Take a look at...

'We Were Frantic': COVID Through the Diary of a Contact Tracer

By April Dembosky (The California Report Magazine) on April 30, 2021
Last spring, when the San Francisco Public Library closed its doors after the first statewide pandemic shelter-at-home order, librarian Lisa Fagundes started a new job. She, along with 20,000 other city and state workers, was redeployed to contact tracing duty.

Coinfection, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), and Influenza: An Evolving Puzzle

By Sara Covin, George W Rutherford , December 2020 on March 4, 2021
The co-circulation of influenza virus and the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus type 2 (SARS-CoV-2) this autumn and winter has the potential for taxing inpatient and intensive care capacity [1] and has led to calls for increasing influenza vaccination [2]. This is far and away the most...

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