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|Tuesday, November 10th|
I. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Knowledge and Perceptions: A Survey of College Students
Abstract: The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019–20 coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020. The majority of Connecticut-based universities closed campus and shifted to online instruction in the week that followed. Connecticut remains one of the most impacted states by COVID-19, with the third and sixth highest per capita rates of deaths and confirmed cases, respectively. Efforts to lower the infection rate of COVID-19 included the closure of all non-essential businesses, reduction in size of gatherings, and implementation of social distancing guidelines. Many Connecticut-based university campuses plan to open in the fall, adopting strict social distancing guidelines and flexible course schedules. In light of these plans, this study aimed to investigate the knowledge and perception of COVID-19 in college-aged students attending a medium-sized Connecticut university. The study employs a cross-sectional design conducted on an online platform. A 50-item survey was generated to address fields including knowledge of disease transmission, symptoms, treatment and testing, perceptions of risk, mental health, quality of life indicators, and social cohesion. Knowledge and perception of COVID-19 will be compared by sociodemographic characteristics including gender, race/ethnicity, health insurance and employment status. The study is currently underway.
Presenters: Bijaya Dhital, B.S., Karl Minges, MPH, PhD, Yanice Mendez-Fernandez, PhD, and Ayesha Amatya, MPH; University of New Haven
Presenters’ Biographies: Bijaya is a 2nd year MPH student at the University of New Haven with interests in health promotion, global health, and health informatics. Bijaya is originally from Nepal where he assisted in the recovery of the 2015 earthquake.
Dr. Minges is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Administration and Policy at the University of New Haven. He is also Director of the Master of Public Health program and a new Director-at-Large of the CPHA. Dr. Minges is a health
services and outcomes researcher.
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic poses unique challenges for persons experiencing homelessness who are at a greater risk of becoming infected. Challenges include, but are not limited to, crowded conditions in shelters1 and a higher incidence
of pre-existing health conditions and comorbidities 2. The lack of a home to “shelter-in-place" poses a public health risk to the community at large. Therefore, persons experiencing homelessness have been rapidly housed in a variety of
locations ranging from motels to unfurnished apartments, leaving many individuals and families without basic household necessities. These necessities include items such as beds, bedding, cookware, dishware, food, toiletries and cleaning supplies.
Additionally, staff and volunteers who typically accept, sort, and distribute donations were disrupted due to the risk of contracting COVID-19. In response, medical students designed a contact-less supply drive to minimize contact for the donors and
volunteers. Advertisement of desired supplies were communicated virtually or via-phone, and donations were left on doorsteps to be picked-up and delivered by medical student volunteers. This report aims to describe and analyze the design, implementation,
and impact of the contact-less supply drive for persons experiencing homelessness in the New Haven area. 1. Nara Rolim Lima, Nádia, et al. People Experiencing Homelessness: Their Potential Exposure to COVID-19. Psychiatry Res. Published
online April 11, 2020. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2020. 1 12945 2. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Connection Between Housing and Healthcare Needs: Growing Evidence Base for Housing as a Social Determinant of Health. February 2017.
Available at: https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/housing-healthcare/h2-toolkit/
I. Danbury Farmers' Market - Building a coalition of Local Agencies to Provide Equitable Affordable Access to Local Fresh Food
Abstract: Indigenous communities, which are inclusive of people who identify as American Indian and Alaska Native, have long faced systemic oppression in this country, and this is reflected in poor health outcomes. Indigenous communities have a
life expectancy that is 5.5 years shorter than the national average. According to the 2018 American Community Survey, 1% of Connecticut residents identify as American Indian or Alaskan Native. Connecticut recognizes five tribes; however, racial and
ethnic data around health equity outcomes often times overlooks the Indigenous community. Evidence demonstrates that American Indian and Alaska Native populations have a greater likelihood of having their race misclassified in surveillance and on
death certificates and are the U.S. Census’ most undercounted racial group. In addition to incomplete data collection, data suppression — the exclusion of categories with very small numbers to maintain privacy — is a barrier to publicly reporting
data on smaller communities. This leads to significant underestimates of the burden of disease and mortality in these communities. So, how can we as a state ensure that the needs of these communities are not overlooked in Connecticut’s response efforts?
Inclusion and outreach. This session will identify the Indigenous communities in our state and strategies to engage this population and address health disparities.