Conversations about COVID-19

Each Friday this May and June, Pitt Public Health experts will have a conversation about different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and then address questions from the seminar attendees. The goal of the COVID-19 seminar series is to provide our school community, alumni, and the public with credible information about the virus and the associated health impacts. 

Advance register below  to receive Zoom link and password.

Seminars take place online Fridays from 4-5 PM. Seminars are limited to 500 participants and will be recorded.

Upcoming Seminars

Fri 6/5 4:00PM - 5:00PM - Conversations about COVID-19
Tang and A. Bandos: Biostatistical Modeling, Estimation and Decision-making Support for COVID-19 Pitt Public Health Conversations about COVID-19
Tang and A. Bandos: Biostatistical Modeling, Estimation and Decision-making Support for COVID-19
Fri 6/5 4:00PM - 5:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

Biostatistical modeling, estimation, and decision-making support have been playing an important role in responses to COVID-19 challenges. BIOST's Lu Tang and Andriy Bandos will discuss statistical considerations involved in modeling the epidemic progression and in the use of COVID-19 related tests for estimation and decision-making support. 

Fri 6/12 4:00PM - 5:00PM - Conversations about COVID-19
Haggerty and Braund: Health Department Responses Pitt Public Health Conversations about COVID-19
Haggerty and Braund: Health Department Responses
Fri 6/12 4:00PM - 5:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

EPI's Catherine Haggerty and HPM's Wendy Braund will lead a conversation about the health department response to COVID-19 at the local and state levels. Haggerty will start the conversation with a discussion of the approaches, impact, and challenges of containment and mitigation efforts at the county level. Braund will continue the conversation by comparing and contrasting the response at the state level.

Fri 6/19 4:00PM - 5:00PM - Conversations about COVID-19
Documet, Perez, and Ruiz: COVID-19: The effect on Latinos and Immigrants Pitt Public Health Conversations about COVID-19
Documet, Perez, and Ruiz: COVID-19: The effect on Latinos and Immigrants
Fri 6/19 4:00PM - 5:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

Join Patricia Documet, associate professor and director of the director of the doctoral program in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and director of Latinx research and outreach in the Center for Health Equity as she discusses with community leaders the effects of the pandemic on Latinos and immigrants. Panelists include Guillermo Perez, president of the local chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA-Pittsburgh), and Monica Ruiz executive director of Casa San Jose. 

Fri 6/26 4:00PM - 5:00PM - Conversations about COVID-19
Salk: COVID-19 and the Future of Public Health Pitt Public Health Conversations about COVID-19
Salk: COVID-19 and the Future of Public Health
Fri 6/26 4:00PM - 5:00PM
** Online/Virtual Event **

How does the current pandemic compare with other public health crises like the polio outbreaks in the 1940s and 50s? This final seminar will provide an opportunity to collectively reflect on what we can do to extend the reach of the field and to improve population health and well-being.

Peter Salk, part-time professor in the department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and president of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation, will share his thoughts about how the current epidemic connects to his father’s work at Pitt developing the first polio vaccine and to his later commitment to a sustainable human future. How will COVID-19 change the field of public health? 

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Understanding and Addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic 

Understanding and Addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic

Since the initial outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, social media misinformation appears to be spreading faster than the virus itself, prompting the WHO to declare an "infodemic" of misinformation. During this conversation, BCHS's Steve Albert and Beth Hoffman (BCHS '19 '23) will discuss h... (05/30/2020)
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Phylogenetic Trees - What They Can (and Can't) Tell us About COVID-19 

Phylogenetic Trees - What They Can (and Can't) Tell us About COVID-19

Some of the most intriguing mysteries of the epidemic can be investigated by creating phylogenetic trees - genetic family trees of the virus. IDM's Jeremy Martinson and HUGEN and BIOST's Eleanor Feingold talk about how these trees are created and what we can and cannot learn from them. Where did th... (05/26/2020)
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A Health Equity Response to COVID-19 in Allegheny County 

A Health Equity Response to COVID-19 in Allegheny County

“When the pandemic first started, there were many of us that were worried that the toll on underserved populations, particularly African Americans where I focus, would bear a disproportionate burden of COVID-19,” said EPI’s Tiffany Gary-Web. "So I started locally asking for data by race and trying ... (05/21/2020)
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The History and Future of COVID-19 

The History and Future of COVID-19

COVID-19 is one of three novel coronavirus outbreaks in the past 20 years that originated in animals. How is the current outbreak similar and different from the previous ones? What course will COVID-19 take in Pennsylvania?  IDM's  Amy Hartman  puts the current outbreak in perspective with what w... (05/12/2020)

COVID-19 News Headlines

Mendez interviews Dornsife faculty on health equity and COVID-19 in the U.S. and Brazil (video) 

Mendez interviews Dornsife faculty on health equity and COVID-19 in the U.S. and Brazil (video)

EPI's Dara Mendez is health equity editor for Block Chronicles, a national web-series and online magazine profiling educators, artists, researchers, and community organizations on Latinx studies, urban education, health equity, and arts and culture. In this video, she interviews Sharelle Barber, sc... (04/12/2020)

Jonas Salk’s son sees hope in COVID-19 efforts, still pushing for polio eradication 

Jonas Salk’s son sees hope in COVID-19 efforts, still pushing for polio eradication

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Peter Salk, IDM faculty and director of The Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation, worries that "the [polio] eradication program is going to take a hit from some of the coronavirus efforts, because of the focus [in funding and research] on the coronavirus.” But he's happy that team... (04/12/2020)

What it’s like for IDM student Emerson Boggs and team to moderate Reddit’s wildly popular coronavirus forum 

What it’s like for IDM student Emerson Boggs and team to moderate Reddit’s wildly popular coronavirus forum

VICE MEDIA – Emerson Boggs (IDM PhD candidate) says, “I’m a virologist, so I probably spend more time than average looking at outbreaks. I started off as a fervent commenter, and then I wanted the ability to intervene because the science stuff got bad pretty quickly.” The subreddit is also rapidly ... (04/16/2020)

Chaotic search for coronavirus treatments undermines efforts, says Angus 

Chaotic search for coronavirus treatments undermines efforts, says Angus

WASHINGTON POST - “It’s a cacophony—it’s not an orchestra. There’s no conductor,” said Pitt Med and HPM faculty's Derek Angus (BCHS '92), who is leading a covid-19 trial to test multiple therapies. “My heart aches over the complete chaos in the response.” The lack of coordination puts the world at ... (04/15/2020)

Albert addresses town hall informing 13,000 retirees on coronavirus  

Albert addresses town hall informing 13,000 retirees on coronavirus

More than 13,000 retirees from across the country tuned in to an Alliance for Retired Americans and AFL-CIO "teletownhall" where BCHS Chair Stephen Albert was among the speakers. Albert encouraged retirees to avoid public spaces, to take advantage of senior hours or curbside pickup, to use cloth fa... (04/12/2020)

Peddada addresses international students, online classes 

Peddada addresses international students, online classes

"A special message to our international students who must feel away from their dear ones more than ever before...I'm glad to see that Dr. Tseng is organizing virtual social events engaging interested students and faculty. I also understand students themselves are organizing other social events. Suc... (04/12/2020)

Reed works with lab animals to help defeat the new coronavirus 

Reed works with lab animals to help defeat the new coronavirus

SCIENCE – Dozens of research teams are racing to develop animal models that can help find effective COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. IDM’s Douglas Reed is staging experiments in air chambers that attempt to infect monkeys through this route, which both might increase pathogenicity and offer clues ... (04/13/2020)

Angus says the search for coronavirus treatments is jumbled 

Angus says the search for coronavirus treatments is jumbled

CNN – The scramble for successful treatments is disjointed and chaotic, according to Pitt Med's Derek Angus (BCHS '92). There are two million people who already have this disease. If even one in 10 has been able to participate in a trial, we could have gone through 100 different drugs by now and kn... (04/16/2020)
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