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Crisis Public Health Research

New Report on Flood Risk in US Infrastructure

How informed are you with your flood risk and the flood risk of your community’s essential infrastructure?

New report by First Street Foundation found flood risk in United States to grow exponentially in upcoming years due climate change.

Climate disasters have already caused at least 388 deaths and more than $100 billion in damage this year in the United States (The Wall Street Journal).

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COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health

Growing Tensions Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

What will cut the tensions over COVID-19 vaccines and various mandates placed by governments, businesses and institutions?

With many returning to the office, the growing tensions between the ‘vaxxed and unvaxxed’ continue to build. Spilling over this tension is now the decisions made by governments, businesses and institutions in instilling COVID-19 vaccine mandates. For example, 40% of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents in the nation’s airports and thousands of pilots have not reported their status with the deadline just weeks away (NBC News).

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COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health

Which COVID-19 Mandates to Follow?

Could politics, healthcare, and business decisions still provide good health outcomes to communities?

Implementation of President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for federal contractors has now caught companies in between politics between State-level and National-level. The Governor of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott, has signed an executive order this week to now ban COVID-19 vaccine mandates given by companies. This is in-contest to the President Biden’s executive order given on September 9. 2021 about COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

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Mental Health Research

Reducing the Mental Health Weight on the Next Generation

Unaddressed mental health issues have been weighing on the young generation well before the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns. An estimated 13% of 10-19-year-olds live with a diagnosed mental disorder globally.

ONLY 2% of government health budgets are allocated to mental health spending globally, (UNICEF)

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Mental Health Research

Addressing the Mental Health Burden of the Next Generation

Can technology help to meet the mental health needs of the young (next) generation?

Recent news of $1.7 billion of student loans will be forgiven of US Public Service Workers and Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen providing testimony to US Senate Commerce Committee show an opportunity for better engagement to help the next generation through financial and technological efforts.

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Mental Health Research

Mental Health Impact – UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children

COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns about mental health impact among everyone especially children and young adults. As we lead to the World Mental Health Day (Oct 10), let’s discuss latest thought leadership and global mental health reports this week.

Today’s discussion question:
How can healthcare and technology help to meet the mental health needs of the young generation?

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COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health

Workplace COVID-19 vaccine mandates working?

Opting in to COVID-19 vaccine mandates at your company? Strategy working to curb new infections at workplace?

COVID-19 cases in the United States have dropped by 25% over the last two weeks (Axios).

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Mental Health Research

Making mental health days “normal” in the workplace

With World Mental Health Day coming up, we should be pushing towards a fairer and healthier world. One way is not dismissing the great impact caused by COVID-19 pandemic on our mental health. Making mental health days “normal” in the workplace will go a long way to improve the workforce and its productivity as more and more industries re-open.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health Research

Initial results from COVID-19 vaccine trial in children 5 to 11 years old

Today Pfizer / BioNTech SE announced positive topline results from COVID-19 vaccine trial in children 5 to 11 years old via press release (still waiting for full report and data).

Highlights given in Press Release of Phase 2/3 trial (link in below):

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COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health

COVID-19 Vaccine requirement coming soon at your company?

COVID-19 vaccine or testing requirement coming soon at your company?

Recent news emerged that President Biden will be implementing a requirement for large businesses (>100 employees) to have employees vaccinated for COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing. If weekly testing occurs, details have yet to be released to whether the employer will have to cover the cost of weekly testing or the unvaccinated employees could use the free federal sites or would have to pay out of pocket.