Children’s Minnesota experts in the news

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.

PR Newswire: Minnesota CEOs join Children’s Minnesota in response to recent tragedy

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.

WCCO-TV: How COVID-19 is having a disproportionate effect on minority communities

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.

MPR News: Mental health apps that can help during the pandemic

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.

KSTP-TV: Vaccinating Misinformation: Past dangers highlight current ‘info-demic’

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.

WCCO-TV: How COVID-19 is hitting LGBTQ kids particularly hard

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.

Insight News: Equity Lens is vital response to COVID-19 and its impact on communities of color

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.

KARE-TV: Communities that KARE: The staff at Children’s Minnesota

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.

KMSP-TV: Wild’s Zach, Alisha Parise donate to local hospitals for COVID-19 relief

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.

Kaitlyn Kamleiter