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.
On December 22, campus leaders provided an update on UC Berkeley's plans for the spring semester, including new booster and testing requirements.
Please note that...Read more about Update on UC Berkeley’s plans for the spring semester
Kurt Organista in NY Times: A large share of Hispanic adults in the U.S. got vaccinated over the summer, a survey shows
Professor Kurt Organista comments on the effectiveness of community health workers known as promotores de salud in easing anxieties within Latinx communitites about getting vaccinated.Read more about Kurt Organista in NY Times: A large share of Hispanic adults in the U.S. got vaccinated over the summer, a survey shows
"Children under 12, including my son, cannot protect themselves from the coronavirus. They cannot get the Covid-19 vaccines, which are still undergoing clinical trials for young children. They cannot appropriately weigh the risks against the benefits. But as adults, we have the individual...Read more about Tina Sacks on CNN: "What anti-vaxxers sound like to me"
Kurt Organista in the New York Times: Many Unvaccinated Latinos in the U.S. Want the Shot, New Survey Finds
"The report shows that many Latinos have a high motivation to get vaccinated," said Kurt Organista, a professor of social welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. "They live in multigenerational households and cramped quarters. They want to protect their families."Read more about Kurt Organista in the New York Times: Many Unvaccinated Latinos in the U.S. Want the Shot, New Survey Finds
Osagie Obasogie, Haas Distinguished Chair and professor of bioethics in the Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health — and Social Welfare affiliated faculty — reminds us that headlines about vaccine hesitancy shouldn't distract from issues of access. “We have to think...Read more about Berkeley Conversations: Osagie Obasogie and other experts discuss vaccine equity
"Mistrust is a huge factor because of Tuskegee, but I think what Tuskegee really teaches us is that access to care remains a major issue. The barriers to care are numerous and very entrenched, and they are directly related to historical patterns and also contemporary instances of structural...Read more about Tina Sacks in Berkeley News: How legacies of racism hinder vaccination among communities of color
"The pandemic lays bare what we already knew." Assistant Professor Tina Sacks speaks about the impact of racial inequity during the pandemic and the rollout of the COVID vaccine. Her comments start just after the 30-minute mark.Read more about Tina Sacks on Capitol Radio: Navigating racial inequity during the pandemic and vaccine rollout
Tina Sacks op-ed on CNN: "When Black people are wary of vaccine, it's important to listen and understand why"
"It is easy to see why Black people would assess that differences in treatment persist throughout the entire health care sector, including in the ways Black people have been treated during the pandemic... " Tina Sacks on how Black Americans' experience of structural racism, including the...Read more about Tina Sacks op-ed on CNN: "When Black people are wary of vaccine, it's important to listen and understand why"
In this interview with CalRadio about the effects of the pandemic on research and how we view it, PhD candidate Cristina Gomez talks about the struggle for underrepresented researchers of color and what...Read more about PhD student Cristina Gómez-Vidal: "Reshaping How Research is Viewed, Accessed Amid The Pandemic"
"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.Read more about Anu Manchikanti Gómez in The Atlantic: "How the Pandemic Will Affect America’s Population"
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.Read more about Tina Sacks in SF Chronicle: "Coronavirus data show growing disparities in income and race in Bay Area"
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...Read more about Tina Sacks, Osagie Obasogie, and others on "Race, Law, and Health Policy"
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...Read more about Event video: "Community Surveillance in the Time of COVID-19: Civilian, Social Worker, and Police Officer Adaptations for Staying Safe"
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...Read more about Berkeley Conversations: COVID-19: Digital and Telehealth Implications of COVID-19 and Social Distancing
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.Read more about PhD candidate Katie Savin speaks about the impact of the pandemic on people with disabilities
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...Read more about South Korea’s Health Minister, Park Neunghoo (PhD '98) on How His Country Is Beating Coronavirus Without a Lockdown