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COVID-19 Heroes

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It's a wrap for season 1 of COVID-19 Heroes, but the pandemic is far from over. We can all continue to play our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19. If the many Emergency Management guests on the show sparked your interest in our field, I ho
What happens once someone passes away during the COVID-19 pandemic? To date, close to half a million people have died from the novel coronavirus. In the span of three months, New York City experienced over 35,000 deaths linked to COVID-19 and o
For weeks, the entire world caught its breath and set its eyes on New York City, the new epicenter of COVID-19 after Wuhan, China and Lombardy, Italy. To date, the metropolis has experienced over 200K confirmed cases and 20,000 related deaths.
"Black and Brown women are one of the most vulnerable populations during disaster and they're being disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus as a result of their race, class, and gender." PhD Student & Bill Anderson Fund Fellow, Felicia H
"What started as an equal-opportunity disease has quickly become racialized." Laura Abrams, Chair and Director of Social Welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs gives an account of how COVID-19 has reinforced pre-existing racial and
As first responders, firefighters have a long history of facing challenging situations and managing stress. Retired LA City Firefighter, Glenn Miyagishima, provides an overview of his research on stress in the Fire Service and shares tips on ho
The world of sports has come to a complete standstill all over the world. 2016 Olympic champion, Madison Kocian, describes what it was like seeing the coronavirus pandemic prematurely end her gymnastics career. Together, we talk about the Inter
How does COVID-19 affect the different generations and our bias toward age and disability? Fernando Torres-Gil, Director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging, introduces us to the generational shifts brought on by the pandemic and ho
How are local communities in Haiti supporting each other during COVID? Jodi Spangler, Founder of Say:Do, a nonprofit that operates a Haitian led and run mobile clinic and provides training to healthcare workers, takes us to Cité Soleil right ou
Maggie Doyne believes that in the blink of an eye, we can all make a difference. The Co-Founder and CEO of the BlinkNow Foundation based in Surkhet, Nepal, Maggie draws a picture of how the coronavirus pandemic has turned life upside down for N
What does a global humanitarian response to COVID-19 look like? Dr. Solomon Kuah and Trevor Rhodes from the International Medical Corps shed light on the agency's response to the novel coronavirus both domestically and abroad. From preparedness
COVID-19 is testing all of our limits as we encounter loss, economic instability, and an uncertain future. Brian Stefan, a social worker and suicide prevention counselor, describes what it's been like working on the front lines of the mental he
The U.S. April unemployment rate reached 14.7 percent, by far the worst since the Great Depression, with over 30 million Americans now having filed jobless claims since COVID-19 began to shut down the economy. In such economically uncertain tim
Hospitals across the U.S. continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 response. In the face of challenging times, Monique Hernandez, a charge nurse from Riverside, CA, has found the power within her voice to speak up and advocate for better working
What does the state and county-level response to COVID-19 look like? California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Emergency Services Coordinator, Jenny Novak, takes us behind the scenes of coordinating statewide resources and in
Small business owners are currently experiencing the biggest battle of their life: keeping their business afloat. Jay Chris Moore and Sarah Ro, co-founders of MOB HQ Dance Studio, explain what it's like navigating the economic impact and uncert
In times of physical distancing, The Bay Church, is finding a multitude of ways to socially engage with its members and the community. Carey Gregg, Director of Compassion Outreach, shares with us how volunteers are banding together to provide l
Getting people home is no easy task during a global pandemic. So far, Lufthansa Group airlines have repatriated around 90,000 travelers with over 430 special flights which departed from 106 airports worldwide, from New Zealand all the way to Ch
The Grand Princess cruise ship docked in Oakland, CA in March after some passengers on board tested positive for COVID-19. San Diego-based EMT, Samantha Saunders, deployed to the port to help transport passengers from the ship to hospitals and
Hundreds of thousands of children and teenagers live in foster care in the U.S. Now, many of them are suffering from the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic in their own ways. Danny Mendoza, founder of Together We Rise, describes what challe
COVID-19 has pushed the realm of possibilities beyond our imagination. Desi Matel-Anderson, Chief Wrangler of the Field Innovation Team (FIT), shares how her team of technologists, emergency managers, artists & historians supports communities i
Hidden behind the scenes of every disaster response lies an Emergency Operations Center. For COVID, thousands are activated across the country. Ed Colson, an Emergency Manager for Tillamook County, Oregon, lifts the curtain unveiling what emerg
Seattle was the first epicenter of COVID-19 in the U.S. Emergency room nurse, Rachel Izzo, describes how the region is currently affected by the virus and what makes it so particularly challenging to deal with. She also lets us in on how mindfu
Retail stores across the country have witnessed a surge in demand. Some essential items continue to sell out within minutes of being restocked and people continue to line up outside, sometimes for hours, just to get inside. What's it like behin
Amidst the world shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), LA-based comedian and performance artist, Kristina Wong, decided to roll up her sleeves and launch the Auntie Sewing Squad. She describes how one Hello Kitty sewing machine serve
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