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.
"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.
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
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.Read more about Erin Kerrison interviewed about unequal impact of COVID-19 on disproportionately black neighborhoods in the East Bay
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...Read more about PhD student Laura Brignone in WIRED magazine: Tech Is a Double-Edged Lifeline for Domestic Violence Victims
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.Read more about How California Counties’ COVID-19 Response Benefited From The “Whole Person Care” Program
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...Read more about Trauma-informed approaches for individual and organizational resilience during COVID-19
MSW student Daniela Medina was one of several members of the Underground Scholars interviewed by KQED on their experiences during the shelter in place.Read more about For Formerly Incarcerated Students, Sheltering in Place Can Feel Like Prison Again
Erin Kerrison and Osagie Obasogie in Berkeley News: Police violence is one of the reasons COVID-19 is worse in Black communities
"There are various reasons COVID-19 is killing black people at six times the rate of white people, including a...Read more about 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...Read more about Alumni forums: forming a community of practice around the challenges of COVID-19