How a Non-Profit Organization and its Community Can Support Each Other During Crisis (Coronavirus Pandemic Series)

Are you struggling to put food on the table (during this coronavirus pandemic)? 

Do you need resources for your family because you are recently unemployed? 

Are you tired of being isolated and need an outlet to contribute back to your community (without leaving your home)? 

Then, listen to this episode, Benjamin Holt who is the Director of Philanthropy at the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center (SSNC), will share how his non-profit organization is pivoting its services (such as food pantry) and programming for children, adults and elderly during this coronavirus pandemic.  The SSNC serves the residents of Northwest Milwaukee, offering services for every age and stage of life.

With an emphasis on education, employment, youth, and health & wellness, the SSNC helps over 8,000 individuals annually.If you’re in need of food, check out their hours for their food pantry and other resources for you and your families to survive and thrive through this coronavirus pandemic.

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Why Effective Team Building is Important in Public Health with Director of Strategy and Performance Gina Febbraro, MPH

Why is team building important to boost overall performance management in a public health organization?  In this episode, you will get real-world tips about creating effective teams, and why strategy and performance management are keys to public health implementation success. Sometimes, we can be so passionate about our causes that we lose sight what is priority given the circumstance, the needs of our stakeholders, and your resources capacity (money, time and workforce). You also will learn how to strategize your resources and leverage our partnerships by building teams with common interest that are seasonal, based on expertise, and timing. Gina Febbraro, MPH, currently serves as the Director of Strategy and Performance for the Prevention Services Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). In this role, Gina supports programs in the Division on strategic planning, performance management and quality improvement initiatives and projects.  Connect with Gina Febbraro on Linkedin.  

This is the “What is Public Health Podcast” with your host Dr. Kee Chan. Public Health is the invisible force that keeps you healthy everyday, and I bet you didn’t even know it. This podcast is your source of the latest trend in public health, is a place to refresh your skill set and get quick tips on professional development so you can do your best work in serving the public. Discover the many, different, and exciting careers in public health. Connect with stories from people impacted by public health.  To learn more about public health, connect with me at

Discover the Impact of Public Health Genetics Services For You and Your Families with Dr. Mat Edick

Get Ready for Public Health Genetics Week May 26-29, 2020! 

In this episode, Dr. Mat Edick will share how he pivoted his career as a scientist into the public health arena. He will tell us more about the Public Health Genetics Week which the last week of May 26-29, 2020. What purpose of the public health week? What is public health genetics services? 

Be sure to check out all the fun activities and free educational material on how public health genetics can help you be a better advocate for your own health during Public Health Genetics Week.

Dr. Mat Edick is the Director of Center for Strategic Health Partnership at the Michigan Public health institute in Michigan. He engages patients, families and clinicians, researchers, payers and other stakeholders to develop and implement innovative projects that increase access to health care and improve health outcomes.  He holds a PhD in Pharmacogenoics from the University of Tennessee, in Memphis, Tennessee and a BS in Biology and minor in Chemistry from state University of NY College at Brockport, NY. 

Public Health Genetics Week May 26-29, 2020

Get All Your Medical Records & Track Your Health All In One Place with Health Vector APP with CEO Dan Mirica

Health Vector APP – Get your medical records, track your habits, and assess your pain management all in one place.  Let’s Health Vector be your ‘guide’ to your best health on your own personal map! 

In this epsiode, Dan Mirica, the CEO of the Health Vector App, will discuss this company Health app called the Health Vector which is an application to help you better plan your doctors visits, track your health status and adhere to new healthy habits. You can download all your medical records from different healthcare system into the palm of your hand in this App. This makes it easy for you to have medical and health information readily available anywhere and anytime to anyone. If you are traveling outside of the country, and you end up in urgent care, you will have your medical information right when you need it the most.

Dan Mirica has an extensive business and technology experience from hi-tech and life sciences industries. Dan has been part of two successful hi-tech start-ups in Europe and US. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from University of Miami, FL and has completed three executive management programs in Leadership & Management and in Technology, Operations and Value Chain Management at MIT Sloan and Delivering Information Services at Harvard Business School. Dan is passionate about improving diagnostic variability through patient activation and by strengthening the doctor-patient partnership.

Download the Health Vector App on App Store or Google Play


What is Involved in a Planned Home Birth with a Midwife? with Katie Krebs, MPH

If you’re pregnant and you want to personalize the birth of your child by having a home delivery then in this epsdioe, Katie Krebs, who is the Executive Director of Birthwise Midwifery School in Maine, will discuss the roles of midwives and doulas and how they use a holistic approach to prenatal care, during pregnancy, and post-pregnancy. She will also speak about the education and training in becoming a midwife.  During this time of coronavirus pandemic, there is a lot of uncertainty about the transmission of the coronavirus to the infant during delivery at the hospital and in some cases, the partner or family member may not be permitted to inside the delivery room for safety precaution measure to limit the baby from potential exposure to coronavirus. However, a home birth delivery could be a possible alternative for you and your family to capture this miracle of life moment.

FAQs on the Epidemiology of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) with Epidemiologist Dr. Giovanni Filardo (Coronavirus COVID19 series)

“Without data, all you have are opinions” – Dr. Giovanni Filardo, MPH, PhD 

What do statistical models really tell us about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID19)?  

In this episode, on April 9, 2020, I interviewed Dr. Filardo who went over our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the epidemiology of coronavirus (COVID19). He will share with us his latest statistical model and his recommendations on using data and evidence, and not your gut feeling, to make informed decisions. Dr. Giovanni Filardo is a public health expert and epidemiologist who has created statistical models to understand the spread of coronavirus (COVID19). He has over 15 years of work experience in epidemiology, health services research, and comparative effectiveness.  He has received over $35 million from different funding agencies including the NIH and he published over 160 manuscripts and presented at more than 30 conferences. He is currently a Clinical Professor of Health Services Research at Baylor University Waco and Research Associate Professor of Statistics II at Southern Methodist University in Texas.

Dr. Giovanni Filardo earned his Master of Public Health (MPH) from Emory University and his PhD in Epidemiology with a concentration in cardiovascular disease from Yale University.   

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): 

1. Based on the President Trump most recent briefing, the model showed that even with mitigation, we could expect between 100,000 to 200,000 deaths. What factors are taken into account for that model? 

2. Did we overestimated the number of deaths?

3. What is happening with the COVID19 in term of testing or the lack of testing?

4. Why was there a delay at the start? Why didn’t the CDC use the test from WHO? Why did CDC want to make their own three tests which turned out only two of three were working?

5. What are countries have done to contain and/or mitigate covid-19?

6. What are the differences in characteristics of covid-19 positives among countries?

7. What is the difference in mortality rates among countries?

8. What are the risk factors associated with mortality?

9.  Are all countries testing for COVID-19 using WHO guidelines?

10. Are all countries assessing mortalities for COVID-19 using WHO guidelines?

11. How many ventilators do we ‘actually” need to care for COVID-19 patients?

12. What will happen after we reach the ‘peak’?

13. How can we use surveillance using serological testing to assess how many people has been infected?

14. What are possible treatment available given the high number of ongoing studies?

15. What is the likelihood that we can develop a vaccine for those people who were not infected? How soon?

16.  Would it be better that we all ‘get infected’ in low doses to develop immunity and thus, herd immunity?

17.  How long do you think we would need to ’stay-at-home”?

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Watch the Washington Post Questions/Answers (Q/A) with Dr. Giovanni Filardo on Youtube at

Follow Dr. Giovanni Filardo on Twitter @GioFila 

Be Your Own Therapist in the Time of Corona with Dr. Hersch Knapp (Coronavirus COVID19 series)

“Find things and people that you’re grateful for” – Dr. Hersch Knapp 

Dr. Hersch Knapp has background in clinical and trauma psychology and he will share with effective quarantine coping during the coronavirus pandemic.   He’ll go over how to manage our time, improve our emotional health and tips on schooling.

This episode will cover how you can: 

1. Manage your time and the media effectively

2. Get a good night sleep 

3. Improve our emotional health 

4. Learn the four-steps process in becoming your own therapist in the time of crisis 

5. Tips on schooling 

If you’re interested in learning more effective communication strategies for yourself and for work, check out Dr. Hersch Knapp’s book Therapeutic Communication: Developing Professional Skills (Publisher Sage), which is available on Amazon. 

Higher Ed Leadership on Coping with the Coronavirus with College President Michael Torrence (Coronavirus COVID19 Series)

Can Colleges Survive after the Coronavirus Pandemic? 

Providing education is a critical arm in the public health system so society can move forward in the discovery, the development and the application of knowledge for the greater goods. If you are currently listening to the episode, it is late March 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic has changed our way of life as a global society. Restaurants, libraries, many businesses, many public gathering, and almost all schools in affected cities have closed nationwide and globally. The closure of schools has tremendous impact on our students, families, and communities. We are still trying to understand the unintended consequences of the current school closure policy on the future of our global societies.

In this episode, Dr. Michael Torrence, the current President of Motlow State Community College in Tennessee,  will share his insights on how Higher Education institutional leaders have responded to the coronavirus pandemic. At his college, using online educational technology is a form of innovative teaching and learning. Here, Dr. Torrence will provide advice for other educational leader  to quickly adapt to the innovative disruption in traditional on-site educational platform and how he supported his faculty, staff and students through this time of uncertainty.

We will cover the following topics:
1. How the role of the College President of the Motlow State Community College in Tennessee has shifted since the coronavirus pandemic?

2. How the administrative staff support students and faculty through this historic moment?

3. Tips for ‘brick-and-mortar’ colleges for teaching an online curriculum. 

4. Challenges, good news and unexpected positive along the way.  

5. What leadership advice can you share with other administrators in education to appease the fears among the staff, faculty and student body Although most higher education institutions provide some type of online education because most college students have laptops and access to internet, but how the coronavirus pandemic will impact K-12 education. 

6. How will the coronavirus pandemic impact college admission for Fall 2020 Leadership advice for leaders leading their organizations through this “new reality”?

7. Words of encouragement to students everywhere

Connect with Dr. Michael Torrence on Linkedin.  

Learn more about Dr. Torrence on his College Website:

Learn to more about Motlow State Community College, visit

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Should I Stay or Go Now Without Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (Coronavirus COVID19 Series)

Would we send our troops into war without guns, shields and protective gears? No. Then, why is it “okay” to send our healthcare workers into the battlefield against the coronavirus without proper personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves? 

This episode is a honest conversation with a health worker who is very concerned for her safety and her family.  Many healthcare workers are thinking about quitting their jobs because they signed up to ‘care for patients’, not at the expense of their own lives.  Should they sacrifice their  own life for another? 

We will cover the following questions with our healthcare worker: How has healthcare work changed since the coronavirus pandemic? What do we know now about the virus?  How concerned should we be about running out of mask, gloves, and other hospital equipments? What is the current testing situation? If someone is feeling that they have “some” symptoms and are concerned, but there’s not enough tests, what can they do then?  How would you rate the US public health emergency response preparedness to the coronavirus pandemic?  What tips can we do to work through the “new normal” ?

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What We Can Learn from Italy on Coronavirus with Dr. Sara Principi (Coronavirus COVID19 Series)

Do you have family and friends aboard who are facing uncertainty during the coronavirus pandemic? 

Sara Principi, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher who will share how her family and friends are coping with the situation in Italy and we can learn from them. Sara is from Italy and graduated in Biomedical Engineering in 2011 and then moved to Spain for her PhD in Medical Technologies. She is currently at a postdoctoral researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she does computational modeling of CT scan clinical scenarios. Sara will share her story of her family’s situation in Italy and what we can learn from their situation since the whole world is watching Italy as preview of what may happen in the US, if we do not flatten curve with strict public health measure.  Learning from each other will help us face our concerns collectively, and thus, embrace living and thriving through this ‘new normal’ together.

Connect with Sara Principi, PhD on Linkedin.  

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