Black Lives and the Pandemic - The View from Miami with Hansel Tookes, M.D., M.P.H.

June 12, 2020
DESCRIPTION: The Earth Institute's Friday COVID-19 news review reveals the realities behind the latest pandemic and vaccine headlines and hype, as always. But this week also features a discussion of infectious-disease challenges and choices in areas of the United States with variegated racial, cultural and economic landscapes. The case study is South Florida.

The segment features Dr. Hansel Tookes, the principal investigator of the Harm Reduction Research Group at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. There, he also directs Florida's first and only needle exchange program, an initiative he lobbied for even as a medical student at Miller. His research interests include behavioral interventions and innovative approaches to HIV prevention.

The regular panel is Pulitzer winner and MSNBC analyst Laurie Garrett, longtime NBC science correspondent Bob Bazell, Jon Cohen of Science Magazine and Wendy Wertheimer, who for decades worked on epidemic policy with top leadership at the NIH and World Health Organization.

The host, Andy Revkin, is a lauded environmental journalist and director of the Initiative on Communication & Sustainability at Columbia University's Earth Institute.

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