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As communities around the globe try to better understand COVID-19, epidemiologist far and wide are working to understand that effects of the outbreak by monitoring its spread and trying to understand when life might possibly return to normal.
For students at Stempel College, that means being on the frontlines at the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Broward County.
Stempel College has partnered with the FIU Office of Engagement to help inform the community on the latest issues affecting public and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday, April 6: Join Victoria Gray, clinical instructor at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, as she talks to Saif Y. Ishoof, vice president of Engagement, about recognizing the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression during this time of social distancing on 305 Cafecito Chat.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way many people live and work, including the way social workers help their clients.
“We are all suddenly thrust into this new way of working overnight, it’s a big change for our clients who depend on social workers and social services,” said Lourdes Martin, clinical assistant professor in the School of Social Work and Social Work Supervisor for the Green Family Foundation’s NeighborhoodHELP program.
Dr. Kim Tieu, chair of the department of Environmental Health Sciences, has been invited to serve as a member of the Neural Oxidative Metabolism and Death Study Section for the Center for Scientific Review.
“Although this role will require a major commitment of time and energy, it is an honor and privilege to be invited to serve on this expert panel to help make important funding decisions. This is also an excellent opportunity for me to interact with other fellow scientists and to learn more about the latest cutting-edge research being conducted elsewhere,” Tieu said.
Social distancing for many may trigger feelings of insecurity, depression or isolation. Mark Macgowan, associate dean of academic affairs at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work and a licensed clinical social worker who serves on one of Florida’s Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Teams, FL-5, provided advice and tips to help.