5 Friyays – March 12

5 Friyays – March 12

Greetings from a very sunny and mostly warm Pittsburgh! It’s Dr. Erin here! As we mark the 1st anniversary of the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s been a long week. There has been news about¬†progress, and news about regression. But there is hope – and that is the guiding force of my list for today!

NHL Celebrates Gender Equality Month

During Women’s History Month, the NHL is celebrating Gender Equality Month with a whole host of events and a snazzy 30 second ad to run during games. I tried to find the ad on YouTube to share, but unsurprisingly it wasn’t available. Here’s the link to their page and the ad is embedded there. We’ve made a lot of progress in women’s hockey but there’s still a long way to go. I still hear color commentary every season about it being a ‘man’s game’ – which flies in the face of the message the league is trying to send. I found his fabulous TEDTalk from two former Olympians about their fight for equality, so let’s celebrate with that:

Opening Access to Key Resources

One of the best ways we can work toward equity in all facets of society is by providing access to resources. Therefore, this week I am celebrating the announcement of the expanded access to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. It is an invaluable resource of Black Public Broadcasting and I can’t wait to explore what’s available!

Pandemic on the Brain

There have been, and will continue to be, many phases to this global pandemic. A friend shared this fascinating article from The Atlantic on what the Late Stage Pandemic is doing to our brains. It’s full of a range of experiences and symptoms, and gave me a lot of food for thought as I think through my coping mechanisms.

Much Needed Investment in Native Communities

There are a lot of parts about the new relief bill we can celebrate. One of the aspects not being trumpeted is the impact for Native/Indigenous communities. The bill represents the largest investment in Native programs in US history. Many could argue that was a low bar to begin with, but $31.2 million is nothing to laugh at. Many Native critics have pointed out that it’s still far less than what they actually need, but it is a step toward appropriate support.

COVID-19 and Incarcerated Folks

Like I said in my opening, we’ve had steps forward and steps back this week. At the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak here, there was a lot of attention on the treatment of incarcerated folks, and the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on prisons and jails. Much like elder care homes, these environments are ripe for spreading the virus. This week the UN News released a report on the impact of COVID on prisoners globally and its not good news.

That’s my Friyays for the week. As we say in the UK, swings and roundabouts, ups and downs. But – the days are longer, the sun is brighter, and people we love are getting vaccinated, so we’ll lean into hope. Be well, all!


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