As the pandemic highlights longstanding social inequities, it brings a new urgency to the problems that Berkeley Social Welfare exists to address. Since mid-March 2020, faculty, graduate students, and alumni have contributed to national conversations around behavioral health, equity, and other key issues in the time of COVID-19.
"I expect the people who have the least in our society to delay pregnancy because of the economic and health effects of COVID-19." Anu Manchikanti Gómez and other experts on the impacts of the pandemic on U.S. birth rates, death rates, immigration, and long-term population trends.
Tina Sacks in SF Chronicle: "Coronavirus data show growing disparities in income and race in Bay Area"
"The reality is we never had the same risk of contracting the illness." Assistant Professor Tina Sacks on the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic on lower-income communities of color.
As the country moves toward reopening — and with it some sense of “normalcy” — UC Berkeley researchers said simply returning to normal isn’t enough. Rather, they said, dismantling structural racism must be part of any reopening strategy.
During a livestreamed Berkeley Conversations event...
Event video: "Community Surveillance in the Time of COVID-19: Civilian, Social Worker, and Police Officer Adaptations for Staying Safe"
The relationship between our social welfare and criminal legal system is marked both by tension and collaboration. Social workers, in particular, must coordinate efforts alongside a host of state agents, including police officers. At this moment, both front-line crisis workers are confronting an...
Berkeley Conversations: COVID-19: Digital and Telehealth Implications of COVID-19 and Social Distancing
Join us for a discussion of the role of digital technology and telehealth amidst the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of public health, medicine, and mental health. Panelists will discuss how we can leverage technology to reach people in need during social distancing as well as the...
Doctoral student Katie Savin speaks about the experiences of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Savin's comments start at the 34-minue mark; listen at https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=333519.
South Korea’s Health Minister, Park Neunghoo (PhD '98) on How His Country Is Beating Coronavirus Without a Lockdown
South Korea's response to COVID-19 has been globally recognized as a model for effective containment of the virus balanced with respect for civil liberties. Alum Park Neunghoo (PhD '98), South Korea's Minister of Health and Welfare, answers questions about his country's...
Erin Kerrison interviewed about unequal impact of COVID-19 on disproportionately black neighborhoods in the East Bay
Erin Kerrison speaks about the unequal impact of COVID-19 on disproportionately black neighborhoods in the East Bay. Her comments start at the 1:08 mark.
PhD student Laura Brignone in WIRED magazine: Tech Is a Double-Edged Lifeline for Domestic Violence Victims
As incidents of domestic violence continue to rise as people shelter in place during the pandemic, technology is both a lifeline to the outside world and a means of control and surveillance for abusers. Doctoral candidate Laura Brignone is one of several experts interviewed in this examination...
This blog post by Associate Professor Emmeline Chaung and UCLA colleagues outlines how California's Whole Person Care program helped counties respond to COVID-19.
Susan Stone, a professor and associate dean in the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, and Joyce Dorado, a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF-Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, discuss trauma-informed approaches to COVID-19 as part of the "Berkeley Conversations...
MSW student Daniela Medina was one of several members of the Underground Scholars interviewed by KQED on their experiences during the shelter in place.
Erin Kerrison and Osagie Obasogie in Berkeley News: Police violence is one of the reasons COVID-19 is worse in Black communities
More than 50 Berkeley Social Welfare alumni and current students met on Wednesday, April 22 to discuss challenges and explore solutions to the impacts of COVID-19.
Director of Field Education Greg Merrill organized these sessions as a way for practicing social work professionals to...
In a KQED Perspective, MSW student Shatesha Morris calls attention to the dangerous isolation of youth in California's juvenile detention facilities, especially during the COVID-19.
Tina Sacks's research focuses on racial disparities in health, so Berkeley News asked her about the disparate impact of COVID-19 on Black Americans. Economic inequality, the legacies of residential segregation, unequal access to health insurance and medical care, concentration in areas of the...
As hospitals and public health authorities devise and share triage protocols allocating scarce critical-care resources, people with disabilities are expressing alarm that these protocols devalue them and exacerbate long-entrenched ableism in health care.