We are maintaining a page on the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine site to collect the work of our affiliates in response to Covid19 for social medicine perspectives on the pandemic. We also acknowledge and appreciate that many in our community are advocating for those who are hit hardest by the pandemic, and some in our community are in that group. We grieve with those who are mourning, and our thoughts are with those who are sick or on the frontlines, whether in grocery stores or hospitals.
Black Lives Matter
BCSM stands in solidarity with those protesting anti-Black violence and working to promote racial justice in policing, health care, and all spheres of society. There are many relevant resources on our website on the interactions of racism and health. BCSM faculty affiliate Denise Herd is quoted in this Berkeley News article about her work on police violence,a largely unexamined factor in high rates of Covid-19 among African Americans. Herd's forthcoming article in Boston University Law Review discusses the trauma and stress caused by police violence in African American communities and the physical toll of that violence.