Covid-19 Update 5.8.20

Posted Friday May 08, 2020

Health Gap Community:

Welcome to our May 8 Friday update! Please stay up to date on the latest issues around COVID-19 and its impact on our neighborhoods by visiting  For this week’s update, we have details about our 5th Virtual Town Hall this Saturday, and some exciting details about new Health Gap partnerships with Cincinnati Public Schools and the Cincinnati Recreation Commission.

Here’s hoping you continue to stay safe, look out for each other and have a peaceful weekend.

Renee Mahaffey Harris,
Health Gap President & CEO


Join Us for Virtual Town Hall #5 on Mental Health During COVID-19

Please join us for our 5th Virtual Town Hall event  on Saturday, May 9 at 4:00pm hosted by the Center for Closing the Health Gap. Cincinnati City Councilmember Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney will moderate a panel of leaders and health experts in an interactive Q&A about mental health during the pandemic. Tune in via phone, Zoom or Facebook Live. This week’s panelists include:

  • Gwen Parham, School Psychologist
  • Dr. Randi Burlew, Senior Research Associate, Philliber Research Associates
  • Dr. Ritchie Hall, Coordinator of Substance Abuse Services, Miami University Counseling Center
  • Dr. Anna Ghee, Associate Professor, School of Psychology, Xavier University
  • Dr. Adam Evans, Psychologist
  • Dr. Miska Prater, Therapist, Sound Mind Counseling
  • Dr. Kathy Burlew, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Cincinnati

For login information or to listen to recordings of our previous Town Halls, visit .


Cincinnati Public Schools Partner with Health Gap

CPS and the Health Gap have teamed up on a new television programming collaboration to help our students stay engaged and active while they miss critical classroom time. Our joint team will include Priya Joshi, Lauren Hardin, Rhyanne Mcdade and Vashti Rutledge, and the program will include:

  • Creating 13 weeks of material focused on our Do Right Kids Physical Activity & Nutrition initiative and our Do Right! Dental Lessons curriculum
  • A mid-May introduction video by CPS detailing the upcoming programming and an invitation to families to watch the televised lessons starting the week of May 18
  • Broadcasting our all-day programming on Spectrum Channel 15 and Cincinnati Bell Channel 805


New Wellness Videos in Partnership with the CRC

The Health Gap is excited to partner with the Cincinnati Recreation Commission on a brand new series of wellness videos. Check out the first in a series of 3 sessions about MINDFUL MOMENTS with Dr. Calisha Brooks, Ph.D., Mental Health Consultant at this link:


Let’s Talk Cincy & The Enquirer

WLWT’s “Let’s Talk Cincy” devoted its most recent episode to the coronavirus’ impact on the African-American community. Featuring our own Town Hall experts and Health Gap CEO Renee Mahaffey Harris, the episode looks at the factors behind why African-Americans are disproportionately affected by the virus.  Click here to check out the story.

The Cincinnati Enquirer also ran an extensive story about the impact of COVID-19 on the Black community.  Click to read  Coronavirus in Ohio: Making African Americans aware of health risks as local cases rise.

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