By Breny Aceituno
September 18, 2020
We are six months into this pandemic and the health of communities of essential workers is at stake. By now, it is not hard to correlate the increasing number of COVID-19 cases to the inequity embroidered on the fabric of American society.
A case in point is California. Although regularly considered progressive, California is one of the states with the highest number of COVID-19 cases.
The reason behind California’s high numbers is complicated; and of course, our population size is a factor. But one thing is clear: the lack of policy protections for communities of essential workers hinders our ability to regulate the COVID-19 infection rate.
By Brittany Hunsinger
July 2, 2020
Now that our society is addressing poverty and violence as public health crises, it’s time that all cities in San Diego County also declare racism as one, too. But it’s not enough to just declare it; we must act on it.
Recent events are highlighting what many public health experts have long understood – that being a person of color is harmful to your health. By definition of the American Public Health Association, a public health issue is something that “hurts and kills people or impedes their ability to live a healthy, prosperous life.” Racism certainly falls in that category. Sadly, our society has institutionalized racism through systems and government policies that favored whites over minorities.
By Meredith Gibson
June 24, 2020
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 the past year alone, health professionals have used it to address the COVID-19 pandemic, opioid epidemic, vaping-related respiratory illness and other diseases and injuries. GIS is helping public, private and non-profit organizations make effective and efficient decisions, from collecting data to analyzing it to presenting it in a user-friendly manner.
By Meredith Gibson
June 18, 2020
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 and Latino cultural heritage. However, it is also known for its binge and underage drinking along the U.S.-Mexico border as well as methamphetamine use and cross-border juvenile drug smuggling.
The project aims to advance opportunities and policies that create a healthy and vibrant South Bay by reducing substance use.
By Meredith Gibson
June 4, 2020
As COVID-19-related economic woes continue, doctors both nationally and locally expect to see a subsequent uptick in the number of drug overdose deaths, a report released today by San Diego-based health nonprofit Institute for Public Strategies.
According to Dr. Roneet Lev, emergency physician at Scripps Mercy emergency department, and former chief medical officer at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the number of overdose cases she has treated in San Diego has increased.
“When the pandemic happened, we were waiting for an onslaught of COVID-19 cases. It didn’t come. What did come, unfortunately, were more cases of drug poisoning,” she said.
By Breny Aceituno
May 19, 2020
The Air Force’s famous Thunderbirds flew over the San Diego skies on Friday to salute all first responders and essential workers for continuing to provide the critical services we all need. The aerial show was a beautiful display of gratitude. But beyond our thanks, we should be using this time to ask ourselves some difficult questions. Mainly, do we serve our essential workers like they are serving us now? And even more critical: Do our essential workers have the resources to cope with the consequences that COVID-19 is having on their communities?
The answer, unfortunately, is no.
In San Diego, the communities in the South Bay are carrying a lot of the weight that comes with this pandemic. As of May, the rates of infection in San Ysidro, National City, Otay Mesa and Chula Vista remain the highest in the county.
By Parisa Vega
April 29, 2020
I first heard about COVID-19 in early February. I heard that it mostly affects older people and those with health problems such as asthma and cancer.
Because there is a limit to how many people can gather in a space at one time, my peers and I haven’t had a chance to meet as a group for South Bay Youth 4 Change. This sets us back in terms of attending public events and raising awareness in the community on a more personal level.
Going to school was a major outlet for many kids my age, but now we are required to stay sheltered at home with little to no public interaction. For some, this might increase their level of boredom and unproductivity. Sadly, for others, this could potentially mean more exposure to domestic abuse and substance misuse.
Por Servicios El Latino
30 de enero 2020
El ingreso familiar en el sur de la Bahía de San Diego es el más bajo en el condado y la región tiene los niveles más bajos de educación. No tener los recursos o el transporte para visitar al médico, por ejemplo, puede provocar problemas de salud de por vida, incluida la muerte prematura”.
Lo anterior lo revela un reciente estudio dirigido por el Instituto de Estrategias Públicas (IPS, por sus siglas en inglés) el proyecto Partnerships 4 Success (P4S) reúne a las partes interesadas de la salud pública, la aplicación de la ley, la educación y las organizaciones comunitarias para identificar las comunidades de South Bay que más necesitan servicios.
Partnerships 4 Success, led by the Institute for Public Strategies, is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.