COVID-19 and Social Injustice – A Wake-up Call in 2020(?)

Author: Damon Jones, Ph.D. , Diana Fishbein, Ph.D.

Article Topics: prevention, community, health, disparities, racial injustice Introduction As 2020 continues, the COVID-19 pandemic has become a way of life. Across the globe, people are engaging in novel routines that these unprecedented times demand to stay healthy, gainfully employed, and connected, and to navigate the roller coaster of emotions. Compounding the personal rigors of managing daily lives is the increasing scarcity of community resources on which people depend. Community leaders and government officials are scrambling to determine the most efficient and effective ways to assist people during a crisis with no apparent end, facing decisions that were, up…

Managing Uncertainty while Serving the Community

Author: Ashley Stauffer, M.S., PMP

Article Topics: community, homelessness, human services, non-profit, prevention, civic-engagement, Centre County, Pennsylvania Currently, there over 1.7 million total unemployment compensation claims in Pennsylvania, an over 1000% increase in claims since early March, and only second to California. Considering that Pennsylvania is leading the nation in unemployment claims, and other states perhaps soon to follow, a sense of unease about the future settles in. The long-term economic and social impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have yet to be revealed. The statewide “pause” of non-life-sustaining businesses enacted as a necessary prevention and mitigation measure will impact us all. How we live through and…