Children’s Minnesota experts were featured in a variety of news segments across broadcast, print and online media. The below are highlights of coverage. Read or watch the following to get the latest insights from our experts.
Children’s Minnesota President and CEO Dr. Marc Gorelick has been a driving force in the community uniting leaders to take a stand against racism and violence. He drafted a statement and received support and signatures from more than 50 executive leaders who have also committed to addressing structural racism and injustice.
Dr. Gigi Chawla, chief of general pediatrics, talked with WCCO-TV about how the COVID-19 pandemic is magnifying existing health disparities and the impact this has on children. She discussed how the Community Connect program has helped address inequities by connecting families with resources like food and transportation.
Many people are struggling with mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and migth be using smartphone apps for help. Julie Erickson, associate clinical director of Integrated Behavior Health, spoke with MPR News how the apps can help and support traditional psychological services.
Star Tribune: Drive-through medicine reduces COVID-19 fears
Ensuring childhood vaccination rates remain high is foundational to Children’s Minnesota. Rates in the state plummeted when the pandemic arrived. Dr. Chawla was interviewed by the Star Tribune about the steps the system has taken to help families feel safe at clinics, including the new Drive-up Care. The program offers families an easy way to stay up-to-date on the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for immunizations.
Patsy Stinchfield, senior director of infection prevention at Children’s Minnesota, and Siman Nuurali, quality improvement specialist, spoke with KSTP-TV about how misinformation about vaccines can have huge consequences during infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19 or the measles.
May was the 1 year anniverary of the Children’s Minnesota Gender Health program. Dr. Angela Goepferd, director of medical education and medical director of Gender Health, talked with WCCO-TV about how COVID-19 is hitting LGBTQ youth particularly hard. She addressed the importance of helping LGTBQ youth feel seen, heard and loved.
James Burroughs, chief equity and inclusion officer at Children’s Minnesota, offered factors to consider when creating solutions to the health inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among those inequities: health, education, employment, economic opportunity and housing.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been in high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. John Hendricks, biomed engieneering manager at Children’s Minnesota, and Tenzin Namkha, logistics project coordinator, were interviewed by KARE-TV about joining together to produce face shields for frontline staff. The team, with help of other staff at the Minneapolis hospital, met their goal of 5,000 shields in seven days.
The Minnesota Wild’s Zach Parise and his wife, Alisha, have been long-time supporters of Children’s Minnesota. To help during the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple made donations to Children’s Minnesota and Abbott Northwestern Hospital.