Stat News mentioned the Mullan Institute COVID-19 State Workforce Estimator in their daily Morning Rounds update. Read More.
Mullan Institute Visting Professor and Distinguished Fellow, Dr. Leana Wen, was named Hospital Hero by U.S. News and World Report for her efforts in fighting the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Dr. Wen has been visible throughout the pandemic, appearing on cable news and writing for The Washington Post on topics like how people can minimize their risk of infection now that businesses are reopening. Wen and other public health leaders outside of government have accused the Trump administration of disregarding medical expertise throughout the U.S. response to COVID-19. With little cohesion among states, she has stepped up to help Americans make sense of the crisis.
A recent pressed release from Medical Xpress: A hospital workforce estimator developed by the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity (Mullan Institute) at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) finds 11 states with surging COVID-19 rates are currently at risk of straining their supply of intensivists, doctors who are trained to work in intensive care units (ICU). Two states are already facing shortages in these highly trained doctors, according to a weekly update by the Mullan Institute. Read More.
Aneri Pattani of Spotlight PA and Sara Simon of Spotlight PA - HARRISBURG — As coronavirus cases continue to rise in Pennsylvania, the state health department has received approval to spend nearly $27 million to ramp up contact tracing efforts, warning of potentially dire consequences if it’s unable to do so quickly. Read More.
Christie Aschwanden of Scientific America - Despite tracing’s success in other countries, the U.S. government has failed to adequately fund or apply the tool. There is no coronavirus vaccine. Medications for COVID-19 are still being tested. Across the U.S., states that once acted as if the pandemic was going away are setting new daily records for infections, hospitalizations and deaths. There is one proved tool that has helped other countries stem the pandemic. But in the U.S. it is severely underused; the Trump administration tried to cut financing for it from the latest pandemic relief bill, reports this week say. And it often meets resistance from the people it is intended to help. The tool is called contact tracing. Read More.