Entries by IPS

5 Questions That Incorporate Racial Equity Into Public Policy – Part I

As seen on GovLoop. When developing public policies, racial equity should be considered from the very beginning. ‘Equity’ is a state where everyone can achieve optimal health, well-being and happiness, where no one is denied this ability due to race or socioeconomic status. By contrast, ‘inequity’ is an avoidable consequence of public policies that favor […]

Positive Childhood Experiences Can Combat Traumatic Effects of COVID-19

The debate over whether to allow students to return to school is ever present. However, not much has been said about how children are coping with the traumatic effects of this pandemic and what we, as a society, are doing to help them deal with it. According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is causing […]

Controlling a Media Interview

As seen on GovLoop. A number of things can happen that will cause a media interview to backfire, but there are ways to avoid having it become a complete disaster. Any type of public speaking is perhaps one of the most intimidating things that a person can do. As a matter of fact, the Wall […]

Businesses and Public Health: Allies, Not Adversaries

The storyline has been consistent throughout the pandemic: economic and public health interests are fundamentally at odds. The reality is quite different. Business and public health have always been intrinsically connected, with shared mutual interests. One such interest is having a healthy workforce. Employees that maintain good health are more cooperative and productive. They improve […]

The Role of GIS in Public Health

As seen on GovLoop. Geographic information systems (GIS) answer the question of where: where diseases are prevalent; where vulnerable populations live; and where resources are most needed to improve health conditions. GIS consists of the data, technology and people who answer these questions. And it has never been more relevant than it is today. In […]

Equitable Housing: A Place-Based Solution to Racism

Since the beginning of 2020, we have become acutely aware of how systemic racism has impacted people of color in America. With far greater percentages of Blacks and Latinx succumbing to COVID-19, the disparities in health and health care among these populations have been laid bare. And with elevated rates of infant mortality, heart disease, […]

How GIS Exposed Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in San Diego’s South Bay

As seen on GovLoop. Geographic information systems (GIS) is playing an important role in helping San Diegans address health inequities along the U.S.-Mexico border. An Upstream Approach to Substance Use Prevention The Partnerships 4 Success (P4S) project uses geospatial technology to map conditions in San Diego’s South Bay. This area is known for its diversity […]

Essential Workers Risk their Lives and We Benefit. What Can We Do in Return?

COVID-19 has made it clear that many of our cities have built their communities along the same racial and economic divide that has disadvantaged communities of color for centuries. And yet, these same communities of color house our essential workers. There live our grocers, truck drivers, custodians, meat packers, and other unsung heroes. They are […]

Has COVID-19 Evened the Playing Field?

Most of us couldn’t predict the head spinning change that would come with the advent of COVID-19. We are living in unprecedented times where terms like “social distancing” and “stay-at-home orders” have become household terms across the nation. It would seem COVID-19 has placed us all on the same playing field. For the first time […]