right before reading Dr. Coleman's story about her Black Husband not recieving the standard of care after an horrific car accident, I was listening to Drs @CamaraJones and @doccrearperry discuss Dr. Moore's death. Bottom line- Black people aren't valued.
Dr. Coleman's story made me think about the White and Asian people in my family, and how being Black adjacent, they still live in a different world than the rest of us. Once, my daughter (when 5) took a pair of sunglasses from the dollar store. My husband and I noticed ...
We were in the car outside of the store. Our first time dealing with this, so we did what we always do when faced with new parenting challenges, posed the question to our family group text. 'Should we take the glasses back? Go pay for them? Have her apologize?"
Overwhelmingly all the Black people in my family said, discuss it with her, but don't go back in the store. All my non-underrepresented minority family members said some version of take it back/ have her apologize. We live in 2 different worlds. 1 where Black kids can't make
mistakes, can't do age appropriate "sins" without risking over punishment of them or their parents. But even our Black adjacent family members are oblivious to this.
We can't continue to live in 2 worlds. One were Black people know and experience systemic racism, and one where Whites, even Black adjacent ones, don't realize how pervasive of an issue it is, and fail to push for systemic change. Even when their own family's lives depend on it.

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4 Jan
"Nearly 950 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past week among students and staff in Massachusetts schools.
Districts announced 552 of the new cases were diagnosed in students, while the other 397 cases of the virus were among staff members. Dec. 17 through Dec. 23...
The 949 cases is a slight decrease from last week's 1,009 -- which set a record as the most coronavirus cases announced in a single week since students returned to class in the fall. The state estimates there are about 450,000 students and 75,000 staff in-person learning"
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15 Dec 20
As you're contemplating getting the vaccine or not, there's 3 important people I'd like you to learn more about. 🧵
1. The first person to introduce vaccines to the United States was a West African born, American enslaved man name Onesimus. He introduced a West Africa custom where you introduce a little bit of the virus to your body to help your body learn to fight off the virus...
At the time, people in Boston were dying left and right from smallpox. He saved lives by teaching those around him about inoculations. This is the basis of modern day vaccines.
Read 10 tweets
13 Dec 20
I'm glad to see so many people come out against the WSJ opinion piece.
Tough question- are we willing to throw this same level of support behind nurses that want to use their title in their workplaces?
I firmly believe we can educate the public on all types doctoral degrees.
I know this is a touchy subject for some. I just want to thank you all for engaging in this tweet respectfully.
If at any point you feel triggered by this thread, please choose to mute it instead of responding in a harmful manner.
Best- Dr. Chapple
My doctorate is not in nursing. I'm a perinatal epidemiologist. 1 aspect of my work is teaching medical providers about shared decision making (SDM) as a way to address implicit & explicit bias in care. SDM focuses on explaining care options in a way allowing for informed consent
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1 Dec 20
Sharing my simple talking points for people who are hesitant to get #CovidVaccine because they fear vaccine creation was rushed.
When asked -is this a rushed vaccine? I reply- Yes, AND...
Here's some background, think of coronavirus like a last name. My last name is Chapple, there's many Chapples. Researchers have been working on vaccines for the coronavirus family for years.
Now that one member of the family needs the vaccine, the vaccine scientist from across the globe that have been working on vaccines for this family of coronaviruses are working around the clock to get one specific for Covid-19.
Read 7 tweets
28 Oct 20
Six major themes came out of this work, asking 1 simple question to Black families, "What do you like about virtual school?" Themes in no particular order.
1. Kids experienced less microagressions, explored more in the NYT article below.
2. Kids get to learn in a living environment. "My child is free! Free to sit down, lie down, hang up-side down. Free to do his work in the way that works for him."
3. Disrupts the school-to-prison pipeline.
"There's no SROs (school resources officers) at home."

"My ADHD child paces, it helps him stay focused. He's increased two math levels since he's been home where he can pace in peace."
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28 Oct 20
There are so many great nuggets in this article, I don't have much more to add than what I've previously stated.
1- numerators matter - we don't know the number of students with Covid-19 bc we aren't systematically testing students in most districts.
2- denominators matter
3- generalizability matters if your going to make generizable statements.
4- context matters- what policies and mitigation strategies are schools able to implement?
5- disparities matter- Black and Brown people carry a larger burden of Covid and should be represented in the data
6. local health departments matter- work with them on data collection, analysis and interpretation. They can help ensure we're putting our data in proper context.
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