Thank you for joining us on SkinnyTrees: Lift Health for All, we like many of our fellow Chicagoans, are staying home and practicing social distancing to flatten the curve. We are here to present a mini-series: COVID 19 in our Chicago communities.

Each mini episode will focus on a different community in Chicago to find out how they are coping with these difficult times.

Mini-Episode 01: Esther Sciammarella, PhD

This episode was recorded on March 23rd, 2020.

The first episode features our colleague, Maggie Nava interviewing Esther Sciammarella, a trusted community leader and the executive director of The Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition. Esther Sciammarella is the executive director of The Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition, which mission lies in getting the Hispanic community access to a good health system, regardless of their immigration status in the United States. Esther has promoted the development of social programs and supported the creation of educational courses to inform people about the prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes and lupus.

 

Mini-Episode 02: Dolores Castañeda, MPH

This episode was recorded on March 23rd, 2020.

The second episode features our colleagues, Maggie Nava and Edgardo Ramirez interviewing Dolores Castañeda, a longtime community health advocate and a research assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Center for Healthy Work. Dolores Castañeda is a longtime community health advocate and a research assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Center for Healthy Work. She is investigating the way precarious work affects black and brown communities and their health.

 

 
Mini-Episode 03: Renee Flores, RN, BSN
 
This episode was recorded on April 2nd, 2020.
 
The third episode features our colleague, Maggie Nava interviewing Renee Flores. She is a nurse at the Hines Veteran Affairs. She works in the home telehealth program where she enrolls patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and HIV, to improve their self management of their disease in addition to decrease the days in bed and ER visits.
 

 

Mini-Episode 04: Marcus Wong, MD

This episode was recorded on April 3rd, 2020.

This episode features our co-host, Ivy Leung interviewing Dr. Marcus Wong. He is an emergency medicine resident at University of Illinois in Chicago, currently rotating at Advocate Lutheran Hospital located in Park Ridge. He is in his last few months of residency before becoming a full-fledged medical doctor.

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Marcus Wong, MD, Resident Physician

 

 

Mini-Episode 05: Fred Raz, RN

This episode was recorded on April 9th, 2020.

This episode features our co-host, Rabih Dahdouh, interviewing Fred Raz, a registered nurse at University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital Health Sciences System. He is currently supporting our city’s efforts to combat coronavirus by administering COVID-19 drive-thru tests.

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Fred Raz, RN (pictured above far right) with his team at a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site at UI Health on the first day of operating.

 

Mini-Episode 06: Grace  Chan, MA, MBA

This episode was recorded on April 20th, 2020.

This episode features our co-host, Ivy Leung, interviewing Grace Chan, a long-time community activist and the executive director of the Coalition for Better Chinese American Community.

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
*CBCAC Website and Hotline
cbcacchicago.org/

*Bridgeport mutual aid system
www.facebook.com/GBMAChicago/

*Asian American Advancing Justice: Reporting Hotline
www.advancingjustice-aajc.org/covid19

 

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Grace Chan, MA, MBA, Executive Director of the Coalition for Better Chinese American Community.

More episodes coming soon…

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