Months into the COVID-19 crisis, our faculty have been keeping up their efforts to support each other, local patients, and everyone meeting with health uncertainties. A few of examples of their thoughtful work are highlighted below.
Dr. Victoria Fang took on the role of Medical Director of Primary Care and Population Health for UW Medicine this summer and has granted interviews related to COVID-19 to The Seattle Times, UW’s Right as Rain, and Self.com.
Drs. Molly Blackley Jackson and J. Carey Jackson (no relation) modeled how to take breaks from the daily grind to maintain good mental health and quality job performance. Associate professor Molly Jackson was interviewed by AAMC News for their feature “Great escapes: Doctors and nurses find respite from pandemic fatigue,” and Professor Carey Jackson and his team showed off their dance moves in a Crush Effect music video.
Professor Leo Morales spoke about the pandemic’s effect on Latino communities with KUOW for their piece “The curious case of Latinos and Covid-19” and with Univision Seattle for their piece “29% de los casos de COVID-19 en el estado de Washington son Hispanos.”
Senior Fellow Elisabeth Poorman has offered support to patients and medical residents. She spoke on NPR’s “All Things Considered” to answer frequently asked COVID-19 questions and to discuss making difficult medical decisions. She also spoke to local KUOW about COVID antibody testing. To benefit medical residents, Dr. Poorman moderated a panel about mental health and well-being resources for residents, Best Practices during COVID-19 and afterwards, and strategizing to improve well-being in medical educational programs.
Before she even officially began her UW post as a Clinical Instructor in July, Dr. Yihan Yang was helping out her colleagues and UW Medicine. In June, Dr. Yang served as a liaison between countries and organizations, connecting the Department of Medicine with The Red Cross Society of China and arranging for a donation of 20,000 N95 masks and 50,000 surgical masks to UW Medicine.