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Orange County Register, July 24, 2020
Orange County adds coronavirus contact tracers, trains for reaching diverse communities
But Orange County doesn’t just need more contact tracers, it also needs to connect and communicate better with its lower-income and non-white communities, said Daniel Parker, assistant professor of public health at UC Irvine. Parker is directing a contact tracing workshop this month, in partnership with the Health Care Agency, to train 500 people over the next month, including 30 health agency workers and dozens of UCI students, on how to effectively reach more of Orange County’s diverse population. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

BYU Radio – Top of Mind with Julie Rose, July 22, 2020 (Audio)
Is it time to ditch cash?
Guest: Bill Maurer, Professor of Anthropology and Law, University of California, Irvine. Could you manage without using cash? With many businesses across the country temporarily going cashless to help slow the spread of COVID-19, some wonder, why not just make this the moment we transition to a cashless society? No more bills and coins. Just debit cards and payment apps.

AAMC, July 23, 2020
Medical students use momentum of anti-racism movement to advocate for change
“Collaboration amongst Black medical students and diverse partners, including faculty in the humanities and public health, is essential,” said Kaosoluchi Enendu, a fourth-year medical student at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. … One of the issues that Enendu, who co-founded her school’s Leadership Education to Advance Diversity-African, Black and Caribbean program, has emphasized to leadership is the need for medical institutions to recognize the anti-racist work that students and faculty of color are doing, especially without monetary compensation or academic credit.

HealthDay, July 22, 2020
Will your brain stay sharp into your 90s? Certain factors are key
Maria Corrada, a professor of epidemiology at the Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders at the University of California, Irvine, said, “Some of the characteristics found to be related to resistance and resilience to Alzheimer’s pathology can be changed or modified — pulse pressure, smoking, paid work and life satisfaction.” … “We believe that there are things we can do with our lifestyle that can help us maintain good cognitive health,” she said.

Daily Pilot, July 24, 2020
Around Town: UC Irvine offering virtual Anti-Cancer Challenge
UC Irvine’s Anti-Cancer Challenge, a movement to raise awareness and funds for cancer research, is going virtual for 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. The reimagined Anti-Cancer Challenge now includes an eight-week virtual fundraising and wellness program. Participants can ride, run or walk virtually with friends and family. The program begins Aug. 8 and concludes with a virtual community celebration on Challenge Day, Oct. 3. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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