May 19, 2020

In her most recent Op-Ed, PISC Senior Scholar Eugenia South, MD, addresses social distancing issues in the Philadelphia area. In March, Dr. South wrote about the importance of spending time outdoors as a means to preserve mental health, but as warm weather draws out more people, this could become detrimental.

Dr. South believes the same restrictions implemented on businesses which limit occupancy to 50% of normal and guara...

May 18, 2020

Tune in to the latest episode of the Penn Nursing podcast, Amplifying Nursing, featuring PISC Postdoctoral Fellow Laura Vargas, PhD, and Penn Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics' Senior Fellow, Adriana Perez, PhD. In this special episode, the two discuss the challenges immigrant communities are currently facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Dr. Vargas's experience partnering with a Montgomery County community or...

May 14, 2020

PISC Senior Scholar M. Kit Delgado, MD, recently authored an opinion piece on the struggle between COVID-19 precaution and economic health. He notes that there are notions that either the economy must be locked down to prevent deaths from coronavirus or have less restriction to prevent economic devastation and its consequences. He believes these notions to be false, stating that more aggressive public health measures and buy-i...

May 4, 2020

PISC Executive Committee Member Catherine McDonald PhD, is featured in a recent article on adolescents and social distancing. Though it may be too early explain how the adolescent population is responding using direct research much is gleaned from McDonald's adolescent research. McDonald states that explicit conversations with teens must be had, including what peer pressure looks like in the context of social distancing, parti...

April 30, 2020

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is responding to sudden shifts to telemedicine by offering free online training in telehealth to healthcare providers. The course provides an overview of the field of telemedicine and telehealth, the history of the field, types of telehealth applications, and discusses practical considerations such as issues pertaining to licensure, reimbursement, and workflow.

The faculty i...

April 29, 2020

PISC Executive Director Douglas Wiebe, PhD, along with fellow experts spoke with The Guardian about the impacts of Covid-19 on the future of sports. When asked whether it would be safe to reopen leagues, Dr. Wiebe states that leagues cannot yet reopen and highlights the importance of available testing. Wiebe also comments on likely long-term changes in the sporting landscape stating, "...If [a player tests positive for Covid-1...

April 21, 2020

A Marshall Project analysis found that in some big cities, reported crime dropped in the week ending March 22 compared with the week before. PISC Advisory Board Member John MacDonald, PhD, spoke to the Marshall Project about recent declines in crime. MacDonald states that this sudden decline is due to the number of people sheltering in place resultantly reducing crimes of opportunity.

However, He describes the incidence of this...

April 16, 2020

PISC Senior Scholar  Mucio 'Kit' Delgado, MD, was featured in a recent article by the Philadelphia Inquirer. This article highlights the many doctors and nurses that are using social media to offer intimate looks at their battles to save lives. 

When speaking on the current pandemic Delgado says,“It’s hard to know something is serious going on when you walk outside your front door and the sky is blue and kids are riding bi...

April 8, 2020

PISC Past Trainee Elinore Kaufman, MD, participated in a Q&A with Philly Mag to discuss her recent op-ed published in the New York Times. Kaufman answered questions about her work, gun violence, and the impacts of coronavirus.

One thing she comments on is how her job has changed due to this pandemic, "The most striking thing right now in the ICU is the absence of families. It may not always feel this way when you are visiting a...

April 8, 2020

A Conversation with 

Eugenia South, MD, MSPH

PISC Senior Scholar, Department of Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Dennis P. Culhane, PhD

School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Shreya Kangovi, MD, MSHP

Department of Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Moderated by:

Rachel Werner, MD, PhD

PISC Internal Advisory Board Memb...

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