Special Populations

Special Populations

Not all communities have been impacted by COVID-19 in the same way. Different experiences have emerged based on factors such as race, socioeconomic class, family structure, age, gender, and the intersection of many different identities. The COVID-19 pandemic is a threat to the general population of the United States and other countries. However, it has become increasingly clear that some of the population is more vulnerable than others. There are many groups that are considered uniquely vulnerable including but not limited to racial/ethnic minorities, children, the elderly, immigrants/refugees, those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, disabled, uninsured, from rural communities, incarcerated, facing domestic violence, LGBTQ+, and those with co-morbidities. Policy makers and government and health officials have been slow to recognize and respond to the needs of these populations.

Preview for Week 7

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett

Heidi Beidinger-Burnett gives a preview of this week’s session.  

Racism Is A Health Crisis

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Mary Ann McDowell

The Indiana University South Bend Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences Inclusive Action Advisory Council, in partnership with the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center, invited members of the St. Joseph County Board of Health, including president, Dr. Heidi Beidinger-Burnett, and the local health provider community for a panel discussion entitled “Racism is a Health Crisis.”

Tracking COVID-19 Data

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett

This presentation will track the COVID-19 data in St. Joseph County, IN, while describing the public health implications.

View the Event

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Mary Ann McDowell

Watch the recording from Monday, November 16, of a live discussion with Professors Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Mary Ann McDowell below.  Register to receive information about how to join future live events.

The guest speakers are Debra Stanley, Founder and Executive Director of Imani Unidad, Inc., and St. Joseph County (Ind.) Sheriff William Redman.

   

Debra Stanley is the founder and Executive Director of Imani Unidad Inc. Stanley is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and day-to-day operations. She directs the development and management of Imani Unidad’s programs, as well as serves her community through advocacy, education, and her unwavering commitment to social and behavioral health and justice.

   

Sheriff William Redman began his career in 1994 with the St. Joseph County Police Department as a Special Deputy while working in the St. Joseph County jail. After serving 24 years in various positions, including patrol officer, D.A.R.E. Officer, Public Information Officer, and Assistant Chief, in 2018 he was elected as St. Joseph County Sheriff.  He is currently serving his 26th year as an officer and serving the citizens of St. Joseph County.  

Additional Resources

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Mary Ann McDowell

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