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What are the most significant public health errors of the pandemic? Our guests are doctors who have pushed back against public health groupthink, challenging colleagues to stop the refrain of "Stay home, save lives." They feel that public health has failed to protect the most vulnerable during this pandemic, and they have ideas for how to shift course.

Guests include:

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Environmental advocates say money in the state budget meant for environmental initiatives needs to stay intact. 

Environmental Advocates New York is urging the state not to take the nearly $23 million intended for climate change and environmental initiatives and spend it on other programs.

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United Way of Greater Rochester is looking for volunteers to join its COVID-19 vaccine volunteer task force to support distribution efforts in the Finger Lakes region. 

“It is clear that we can only do this herculean task by coming together and rallying once again as a community at a tremendous scale in a way we have never done before,” said Jamie Saunders, president and CEO of the United Way.

Leaders at Action for a Better Community are gearing up to host a conference on racism, health, and the pandemic. It's called "Racism as a Public Health Crisis - Attacking the Two Pandemics." The multi-day virtual event kicks off this week. Speakers will address how to heal communities, how to boost hurting economies, and how to help families thrive during a global pandemic that is widening disparities in health, wealth, and justice. 

We preview the conference this hour with our guests:

John Owens Jr. has been doing contact tracing for 20 years. Usually, his work focuses on sexually transmitted infections -- each year, there are thousands of cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia, hundreds of syphilis cases and dozens of HIV diagnoses in Monroe County.

In the last few months, however, his focus -- and his job description -- have changed. Owens, 46, is now the county’s COVID-19 contact tracing lead.

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“We’ve been inundated,” Kristen Wagner said as she unpacked vaccines inside the Yates County public health offices in Penn Yan.

“We’re trying the best that we can,” she said, continuing to set cartons of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine on top of a tray that was already too full to fit any more.

Wagner and her colleague Chelsea Bailey were just back from a trip to Mennonite homes scattered across the largely rural county.

Connections: Healthy Friday - Public Health Week

Apr 17, 2015

We take a trip to the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions for their recognition of National Public Health Week. The field takes a wider view of the health a population.

We’ll learn more about public health and some of the success stories, including reducing tobacco use throughout the United States, and chat about person centered care as movement in medicine and what it looks like in the treatment of patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Then we have a conversation with the primary clinician at the Western New York Center for Survivors of Refugee Trauma and Torture as she reveals how she approaches forensic interviews with people seeking asylum in Buffalo and Rochester.

Our guests this hour:

  • Dr. Jo Freudenhiem, UB distinguished professor and interim chair, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
  • Dr. Davina Porock, associate dean for research and scholarship, UB School of Nursing
  • Dr. Kim Griswold, primary clinician at the Western New York Center for Survivors of Refugee Trauma and Torture
  • Dr. Mark Travers, researcher at Roswell Park Cancer Center