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History, Disparities, and the Impact of COVID-19 on North Philadelphia (The Politics of Yellow Fever series)

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 | 6:00 pm

Join us for a discussion on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted North Philadelphia. Community leaders Dr. Neil Pitts and Mr. Brandon Brown will have a conversation facilitated by Dr. Nora Jones, Associate Director of the Center for Urban Bioethics. We will begin with a discussion of some of the new challenges the pandemic has brought, from switching to online learning in communities without universal internet access to maintaining community support networks in light of the closing of local churches. Panelists will then connect contemporary challenges to historical context and discuss how a full understanding of COVID-19 -- now and moving forward -- requires attention to the issue of trust between the African American community and the medical establishment. The conversation will end with examples of the novel ways the North Philadelphia community has come together to creatively meet the challenges of COVID-19 and suggest trust-building opportunities for academic and medical institutions.

This program will be presented via Zoom. On the day of the program, use this link to join: https://temple.zoom.us/j/92729400305

This event is presented in conjunction with the Health Sciences Libraries online presentation of the Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America exhibit sponsored by the National Library of Medicine. The exhibit was initially intended to make a stop at Temple University’s Ginsburg Health Sciences Library during September 2020. In light of the coronavirus pandemic traveling exhibits were paused.  The relevance of the topic to the current situation is clear and we decided to move ahead with a local virtual exhibit, workshops and speaker events.

Please contact Jenny Pierce, jenny.pierce@temple.edu, with questions.