Health In All Matters Podcast

Series 1
COVID-19: When a pandemic sweeps the modern world

Health In All Matters is a weekly podcast produced by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health to bring more understanding of public health challenges across the globe and close to home. We include expert voices from our faculty and their colleagues around the world. Our premier series focuses on COVID-19 and the many issues it brings into question, such as transmission and prevention, life in a pandemic, loneliness and mental health, and the medical supply chain. Tune in below!

Episode 10: Wake-Up Call

May 22, 2020

Looking back and looking forward are inescapable actions even in the midst of a pandemic: What did we learn, or not, from the past and what will be different going forward? In this last episode of the series, we explore the history and the science of zoonotic pandemics and how COVID-19 could be a wake-up call for a brighter future.

Episode 9: Ripple Effects

May 15, 2020

With nearly 4.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, we’re now seeing the ripple effects of the pandemic. From an increase in domestic violence to closer family relationships, these effects are both bad and good. In this episode, we explore four changes wrought by the pandemic and what they can teach us.

Episode 8: A Misinformation Pandemic

May 8, 2020

Misinformation about the pandemic is like COVID-19 itself: highly contagious, destructive, and with no known treatment or vaccine. Misinformation, and its nefarious brother, disinformation, causes confusion and, in some cases, death. In this episode we consider how to separate truth from lies and stop the spread of bad information.

Episode 7: Reopening: Navigating To A New Normal

May 1, 2020

States around the country are beginning to explore reopening their economies and  getting people back to work. Some have made steps in that direction, while others watch and learn. But reopening isn’t like flipping a switch. In this episode, we talk about the myriad elements to consider as we inch toward a new normal.

Episode 6: A Strained Food Chain

April 24, 2020

COVID-19 has drastically disrupted the way food is produced, distributed, and available in the U.S. and around the world. The toll of the virus on those who plant, pick, buy, sell, and, at times, go hungry, is increasing. In this episode, we explore the vulnerabilities of a complex and interconnected food system and the inevitable bright spots along the way.

Episode 5: COVID Affects Us All… Just Not Equally

April 17, 2020

As the pandemic moves across the U.S., it’s bringing into sharp relief the fact that certain populations are suffering far more than others. In this episode, we look at what particular challenges face the homeless, the incarcerated, people of color, and new immigrants as they try to stay safe. America’s inequities are undeniable.

Episode 4: In Testing Limbo

April 10, 2020

Widespread testing in the U.S. could be a significant help in controlling the spread of COVID-19. Right now, we’re operating blind — we don’t know how many people have the virus, how many people don’t, or how many people had the virus and could now be immune to reinfection. And questions abound about the tests themselves: How good are they? Why are tests being delayed? And why don’t we have more of them? As a country, we are in testing limbo.

Episode 3: Why Models Matter

April 3, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues its exponential spread, models projecting its trajectory are becoming almost daily news. But where do the numbers come from?

Since models help create public policy, and therefore have a significant impact on our daily lives during this pandemic, it’s important to explore how they work. What they can and can’t tell us. What they reveal — not just about coronavirus — but also about our health care system… and about us.

Episode 2: Settling In For The Long Haul

March 27, 2020

As the threat of COVID-19 became a stark reality in the U.S., we adopted social distancing and stay-at-home orders state-by-state as our best tools to slow the spread of the illness. Once thought of as drastic, short-term fixes, they are now our new way of life. In this episode, we talk about coping with physical isolation for the long haul and how we can come out of this challenge stronger as individuals and as a country.

Episode 1: Avoiding Overload

March 20, 2020

In November 2019, a new variation of a familiar virus spilled over from an animal to a person in Hubei Province, China. No one had immunity to the severe respiratory syndrome the virus caused — an illness now called COVID-19. In this first episode, we explore what’s happening to people and populations as COVID-19 goes global and what important steps we can take right now to manage this crisis.

Podcast team

Michael Joyce

Health in All Matters Host
Michael is a multimedia journalist with 25+ years of experience producing stories on a wide variety of topics.

John Finnegan

Dean, SPH
Since 2005, Dean Finnegan has advanced SPH as a leader in research, education, and community partnerships. (view bio)

Kumi Smith

Assistant Professor, SPH
Kumi is an infectious disease epidemiologist interested in health equity and transmission dynamics of disease. (view bio)

Alex Dorner

Social Media Mgr, SPH
Alex shares public health stories and best-in-class content across the web and social media. (view more info)

Rebecca Wurtz

Associate Professor, SPH
Rebecca is an infectious disease physician and informaticist. (view bio)

Alan Lifson

Professor, SPH
Alan is an infectious disease physician whose focus has included HIV, tuberculosis, STIs, parasitology, and Ebola. (view bio)

Ryan Demmer

Associate Professor, SPH
Ryan is interested in microbial etiologies of chronic disease and adverse CVD events resulting from COVID-19. (view bio)

Martha Coventry

Senior Editor, SPH
Martha tells the stories that remind people that health is a human right. (view more info)

Craig Hedberg

Professor, SPH
Craig focuses on foodborne illness, infectious disease outbreaks, and public health preparedness. (view bio)

Sarah Bjorkman

Communications Dir., SPH
Sarah supports the school’s mission by communicating the value and impact of public health. (view more info)

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