February 15, 2021
Impact of the U.S. Re-engaging with the World Health Organization
Richard Marlink, Rutgers Global Health Institute Director, discusses the importance of a global COVID-19 vaccination strategy and how WHO involvement benefits the U.S. overall. “We won’t be protected until all countries are protected.”

Community Conversations: NJ COVID-19 Storytelling Project
New Jersey organizations and residents are encouraged to submit stories about their experiences over the past year. The project is a statewide collective ethnography that will commemorate the voices of New Jerseyans. The project aims to portray stories of hope. Stories will be collected through March 31.

African American History Month
This February celebrate African American History Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging you to learn about how heart disease, cancer, and stroke impact African Americans and how to improve your health.

American Heart Month
This month, join the American Heart Association in raising awareness, learning your risks, and promoting prevention of the #1 killer worldwide, heart disease.

Upcoming Events
The Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Office of Inclusion and Diversity and the Office of Multicultural Affairs present Black Men in White Coats

Watch a trailer of the documentary here
To watch the documentary during the allotted viewing period 
February 13-17th use the link here.
February 18, 6pm ET

A panel discussion will be held to discuss the documentary.
New Jersey Department of Health Virtual Town Hall
February 15, 7pm ET

Join this esteemed panel to discuss how the COVID-19 Vaccine can save lives in the NJ Latinx communities.
Modeling COVID-19 Dynamics and Patterns across NJ: Assessing Effects of Heterogeneities, Exposure Controls, and Social and Environmental Factors

February 16, 1:00-2:30pm ET

The New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science presents this virtual event as part of its Special Populations Core 2021 Webinar Series.
Successful Aging in the Era of COVID-19
February 17, 6pm ET

Join this esteemed panel to discuss the many challenges facing older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.

XinQi Dong -- Paul D. Cleary -- Susan Reinhard -- Vincent Mor
New Brunswick Free Public Library

February 17, 3pm ET - English

Join the representatives from NJ SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) to learn if you qualify and how to apply for assistance in buying food to support your family. The session will also include time to answer any question you have.

February 18, 3pm ET - Spanish
East Brunswick Public Library Community Discussion
February 19, 12pm ET

Join Dr. XinQi Dong to discuss the COVID-19 Vaccine and the latest information you need to know. To register, click the link below or call 732-390-6767.
Community Resources
The CDC's COVID-19 Webpage in Spanish - NEW!

The CDC's COVID-19 Communication Toolkit has flyers in different languages:

You can find community-based and local COVID-19 testing site locations and hours here.

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub: The State of New Jersey has put together a list of resources about the COVID-19 virus including testing sites, signs and symptoms and FAQs about social services. 

Visit New Jersey’s COVID-19 Vaccine Registration site to pre-register for the vaccine. New Jersey's Covid-19 Vaccine Appointment Call Center can be reached at 855-568-0545.

In an effort to keep you safe and well informed, Jeffrey Carson, MD, at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School provides direction and answers to your COVID questions. Watch Part One of the Navigating COVID Series.

Listen to "On the Pandemic with Mary E. O'Dowd," a RutgersCast series in which university experts and leaders in health examine the critical challenges we face in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. New episodes are posted every other Thursday.

Middlesex County residents can register for a free COVID-19 test at sites throughout the county. Appointments required. The sites provide saliva-based test kits developed at Rutgers University.

Wide disparities in COVID-19 vaccine access are resulting from a patchwork of allocation formulas developed by U.S. federal agencies, states, local health departments, and medical centers. Read more here.

Racial disparities in COVID-19 mortality in the U.S. are associated with social factors like income, education, and internet access, according to a Rutgers study. Read more here.
New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science

This newsletter is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under award number, UL1TR003017 to Rutgers University. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not represent the official views of the NIH.

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