Public health geek, maternal and child health advocate, social justice seeker, mother of three. Motto- "In God we trust, everyone else must show data"
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Oct 8, 2021
Every time I hear the data about educational loss for children during the year of virtual learning, I ask a very simple question- was it because of virtual learning or because of the pandemic.
The most proximal thing always gets blamed.
Could it be that children just dont learn well during a pandemic, no matter what mode education is delivered? If their caregivers are being hospitalized and/or dying, could that be to blame for the educational losses we are seeing?
An @EpiEllie tweet from a while ago is the inspiration for mine today.
The biggest thing I got wrong during the pandemic was public & political support. I just knew since the world finally understood epidemics & pandemics, they would also realize the importance of public health
I figured public health would be funded at levels necessary to actually protect the public's health. The nation would come together around the importance of universal Healthcare. We would understand that in a society, your health impacts my health.
My sister & niece finally got vaxxed! My sis was the most vaccine hesitant person I know, and she makes the healthcare decisions for my niece.
My sis was afraid, not uneducated, not didn't care, and def didn't deserve death bc she had fear of medicine that never served her well.
She was cautious, created a buble with 1 family and never ventured outside of it without her N95 mask, face shield, gloves. She washed her hands often, and used contact free everything.
She bought at home Covid test as soon as they hit the market.
She knew covid was real...
Many of yall are awaking to a day off for a holiday you never celebrated before.
I've celebrate #Juneteenth#JubileeDay my entire life. I love the parades that many major cities have, but we also had personal family traditions too. Here's my family's approach.
We start by hanging two Juneteenth flags. First, the official Juneteenth flag is red, white, and blue with 1 star burting through. Second the variations flag that comes in red, black, and green, colors that remind us of Africa.
We talk about the colors both flags represent.
I cleared my schedule to watch ACIP discuss the J&J vaccine.
I'll try to live tweet important portions for those who didn't take the day off. ustream.tv/channel/VWBXKB…
Interesting comparison slide between AZ and J&J clot epidemiology and symptoms
My college's motto is "I'll find a way or make one." @ClarkAtlanta
This motto has allowed me to think outside the box in all aspects of my life. But this has been most useful during the pandemic.
I have a nothing is impossible take.
How does this stance help?
Well 3ft v 6 ft debate. Why are are debating this? To get more kids in in-person learning. What else could achieve this goal? Maybe utilize all the empty buildings we drive past everyday. My work building is green and healthy building designated with amazing ventilation.
🧵 live tweeting this podcast @JAMA_current
Title: #StructuralRacism for Doctors- What is it?
1st the title is distressing. Why are we still asking what is it? Why aren't we focused on addressing it? Still defining something that is clear, noted in research, & pervasive is problematic & stalls progress.
Pressing play now
Logistics matter when planning a vaccine clinic, especially for high risk populations. Today, one of "my seniors" that I've been helping secure vaccination spots, drove over an hour for an appointment. They waited in line at the drive through vaccinated site.
Here's the problem-
Older people often have to use the bathroom frequently. That was the case here. However, this person was not allowed to get out of the car. They were terrified to break the rules because of the police presence & didn't want to leave because it took months to get a appointment.
@Epi_D_Nique and I collaborated to provide a user-friendly review of the CDC’s study on #Covid_19 spread in elementary #schools in one Georgia district. This study is important because of its focus on young children and community spread. Happy🧵reading! cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/7…
Data were collected over 24 school days (Dec 1-Jan 22, 2021) on Covid-19 spread in and outside of elementary schools, from Cobb County, GA. What’s interesting about this study? It focuses solely on elementary schools. Why is that important?
my concern about the CDC operational report on reopening schools
new classification of low, moderate, substantial, and high.
Low is 0-9 cases per 100,000 with a test positivity rate of less than 5%.
moderate combined 2 previous levels and includes up to 8% + rates
I get that the thought is younger children are less likely to contract the virus, but at the same time we believe that pregnant ppl are at increased risk of contracting the virus. It is not a leap to believe elementary age children may live with a pregnant parent.
3rd grade homework assignment was to discuss with the family why we live where we live. I tried to broadly answer, but my daughter kept probing. Qualitative researcher in the making?
The conversation I didn't want to have, that I ended up having, was about the racism we endured.
I tried to focus on us moving from ATL to MD because of my job. But she's old enough to remember that this is not our 1st home in MD.
Why did we move from our 1st MD home, she askes?
Crap, truth or lie? Think quick. Truth won out.
Our neighbors kept calling the police on us.
#BlackHistoryMonth Yesterday's letter was E for excellence.
I was tired last night & just wanted the children to go to sleep, but they came to me asking, "who's our example of Black Excellence mom?"
So, I mustered all the energy I could to enthusiasticly discuss @MichelleObama
Mrs. Obama, are 44th First Lady is the epitome of Black Excellence, and became this was as a result of hard work, parents love, community support, quest for knowledge.
My children were impressed to learn that her mother, Mrs. Robinson stayed home with the children and taught
Great article on the 8 different ways to sign up for the vaccine in MoCo, MD. "Montgomery County vaccine registration, confusing, time consuming |
Philly people can call this number for the vaccine
"Eligible Philadelphians who lack internet access can call a hotline at 215-685-5488 for help making appointments."
"Philadelphia to open mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics, pharmacies to get doses" inquirer.com/news/coronavir…..
#BlackHistoryMonth Today's letter is D- for drive.
I had an entire plan, but my children wanted to learn about Ruby Bridges.
They said that someone had to DRIVE her to school😆, so, I went with their selection.
Ruby Bridges, born in 1954, the same year as my mother. My children were shocked to hear that when their gma was a child, integrated schools were resisted.
My children learned about how even with laws in place, people made up creative ways to ensure segregated schools.
#BlackHistoryMonth Today's value- "C" is for creative. This was hard to narrow down, so I selected two people to discuss with my family. 1- Issachah James Savage @SavageTenorJI. I read a quote about him once that said "His name is Savage. His sound is sophisticated."
Philly born opera singer, Issachah possesses an expansive, take-notice tenor that has propelled him to the front of orchestras such the Los Angeles Philharmonic and on stages such as Houston Grand Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.
#BlackHistoryMonth - today's value is bold.
I talked with my girls about the boldness necessary to be "Unbought and Unbossed", Shirley Chisholm's slogan when she became the first woman and first Black woman to run for nomination of a major party as its candidate for President.
Shirley Chisholm was born in 1924 and died in 2005. She was relentless in breaking political barriers with respect to both race and gender. In 1968, Chisholm became the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress, representing New York’s 12th for 7 terms from 1969 to 1983.
I often talk about what I learned by asking a group of Black parents what they like about #virtualSchool. 1 thing parents said was that they get a first hand seat to what their children learn and hear. Therefore, if microagressions occur, they can address immediately.
One thing Black folks know about #BlackHistoryMonth is that some schools somewhere are going to get it wrong, really wrong. And often we don't know if it's our kid's school until they come home and tell us about the cruelty that endured at school.
I've led CT efforts for years. What's different this time is as @jfeldman_epi
says, often times potential sources of infection are just too many to come to a conclusion.
"..countries that have invested more resources into disease surveillance cannot keep up when infection...
#BlackHistoryMonth - today's value is adventure.
I talked to my children about some of our best adventures, then I introduced them to Guion Stewart Blufort Jr, born Nov 22, 1942 (in Philly Woot Woot!). He's the first African-American man in space.
Bluford was 1 of 35 individuals selected in 1978 from 10,000 applicants in NASA’s first competition to become space shuttle astronauts. 8/30/1983, he rode into Earth orbit on the shuttle orbiter Challenger on the STS-8 mission. The crew deployed an Indian communication satellite.
This study is important, and could possibly shed some additional light on why some studies haven't found #COVID19 spread in #Schools at higher levels.
Could the flaw be in our contact tracing methods and subsequently under testing? Let's explore. 🧵 cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/7…
This study, like others I've elevated, found that #SARSCoV2 was spreading in contacts less than 15 minutes, and while eating (and other unmasked), less than 5 minutes.