A COVID-19 discussion on:
Managing the response in under-resourced cities & leveraging trusted messengers to support vaccination efforts.

Video and slide show from the event (2/10/2021) are now available.

The COVIDÔÇÉ19 pandemic has exposed a number of deficiencies in our U.S. healthcare system, including enormous discrepancies in emergency and critical care surge capacity between cities with robust medical academic institutions (like the Bay Area) and communities that are situated far away from large medical schools.

Meanwhile, through extraordinary collective achievements, the first two vaccines for COVID-19 have cleared major development and production hurdles, only to face the widespread problem of vaccine hesitancy after being approved.

Enjoy this captivating discussion that explores how community continues to be at the heart of the response to COVID-19 with clinical and public health expert Dr. Robert Rodriguez, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UCSF School of Medicine who attends in the emergency department and ICU of 2 safety net hospitals.


Download HPH Introduction Slides | Download Dr. Rodriguez Slides

About the Speaker:

20210210-2Dr. Rodriguez graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Harvard Medical School. After a combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine residency at UCLA, he completed a Critical Care Medicine fellowship at Stanford. He currently serves as an Associate Chair of Research and Professor of Emergency Medicine with UCSF, where he attends in the emergency department and intensive care unit at San Francisco General and Highland Hospitals.

In addition to his work in the Bay Area, Dr. Rodriguez volunteered to help with a surge in COVID patients in the ICU in his hometown of Brownsville, Texas. This experience and his research into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of frontline providers led him to advisory roles with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and an appointment to the Biden/Harris COVID Advisory Board! He is currently leading national studies on COVID-19 induced stress and PTSD and vaccine hesitancy.

Co-organized by Harvard for Public Health (H4PH)- Bay Area:
Lily Muldoon, MD, MPH | Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, M.P.H., 2014
Allison Ettenger | Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, M.S. 2010
Zeenah Haddad | Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, M.S. 2012

Please feel free to send the Harvard Public Health Consortium of The Bay Area (HPHC- Bay) any COVID-specific or general public health questions you would like to have addressed using the email address zeenah@alumni.harvard.edu