Rural health cooperatives are challenged by connectivity and social distancing -- but are innovating

The pandemic has exacerbated existing issues of connectivity and access, but providers and patients are finding creative solutions.

Amanda Phillips Martinez, Assistant Project Director, Georgia Health Policy Center, Georgia State University • conversation
Oct. 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: public-health covid-19 coronavirus health-care telehealth data-collection connectivity rural-health

Protecting half of the planet is the best way to fight climate change and biodiversity loss – we've mapped the key places to do it

A new plan targets areas around the world that can store carbon and protect large numbers of species. It calls for preserving these lands, working with Indigenous peoples and connecting wild areas.

Greg Asner, Director, Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science and Professor, Arizona State University • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  climate-change  conservation  biodiversity  indigenous-peoples  endangered-species  ecosystems  wildlife-corridors  earth-observation  sixth-mass-extinction  paris-climate-accord  monitoring  connectivity

Social distancing increased over the course of human history – but so did empathy and new ways to connect

People have changed over time, growing ever more distant and isolated from others – while at the same time finding new ways and technologies that let individuals connect and feel with others.

Fritz Breithaupt, Provost Professor in Cognitive Science and Germanic Studies, Indiana University, Indiana University • conversation
April 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  human-evolution  social-distancing  social-connection  cognitive-science  empathy  novels  evolutionary-psychology  grooming  robert-koch  social-ties

Can I complain about coronavirus? Why it is OK to vent, sometimes

With so much sadness and loss from COVID-19, some of us may feel selfish if we complain about relative inconveniences. But because humans are creatures of habit, changes are hard.

Arash Javanbakht, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University • conversation
March 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  fear  social-connection  mindfulness-programs

Reaching out to isolated older adults is essential during coronavirus – here are 7 specific things you can do, just for starters

Look out for your elderly parents, family members, friends and neighbors. It could save their lives.

Tatiana Sadak, Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Washington • conversation
March 25, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  dementia  social-distancing  seniors  pharmacies  social-connection  living-longer-2020  physical-distancing

Social distancing comes with social side effects – here's how to stay connected

Physically isolating yourself can feel psychologically isolating too. But there are ways to maintain connections in these crazy coronavirus times.

Adam Kuczynski, PhD Student, Department of Psychology, University of Washington • conversation
March 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  psychology  sars-cov-2  social-distancing  in-group  isolation  loneliness  coronavirus-2020  self-isolation  social-distancing-and-coronavirus  social-connection  lonely  social-connections

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