In underserved neighborhoods in the city’s South and West wards, small business owners and local leaders are voices for their communities. Their input and guidance inform the rollout of initiatives to improve vaccination rates and help communities build resilience—a top goal of the Equitable Recovery for New Jersey’s Small Businesses program.
Bloomberg Podcast Features Institute Director Discussing Omicron Response
In an episode of the Bloomberg Balance of Power podcast titled “Responding to the Omicron Variant,” Rutgers Global Health Institute director Richard Marlink talks about vaccination uptake, protecting older people, mask mandates, frustrations with government officials, travel bans, and holiday gatherings.
What We Know About the Omicron Variant
University experts in infectious disease, epidemiology, pediatrics, and global health share insights related to Omicron, which the World Health Organization has labeled a variant of concern.
COVID-19 Vaccine Receives Emergency Use Authorization for Children 5 to 11
Rutgers faculty member Simon Li, a principal investigator in the Rutgers pediatric clinical trial for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, addresses questions about the vaccine rollout for this age group.
Student Council Leaders Reflect On Pandemic Experiences
Co-presidents Brooke Margolin, a public health major, and Laura Palm, a musician with an M.D. degree, talk about the effects of COVID-19 on Rutgers students’ lives, thoughts, and future plans.
New Brunswick Community Farmers Market COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics a Success
The clinics offered a convenient location for New Brunswick residents and underscored the market’s mission to connect food and health. The initiative was organized in partnership with Rutgers Global Health Institute, Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, New Jersey Black Women Physicians Association, and New Brunswick Tomorrow.
New Brunswick Store Owner Gets Help From Equitable Recovery Program
Emanuel Garcia, who owns a Mexican store in the city’s Esperanza neighborhood, has seen his business take a huge hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. A Rutgers Global Health Institute program helped him stay open and continue serving the community’s needs safely.
Back to School Brings Mental Health Challenges. Rutgers Steps Up Efforts to Help.
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care hired an additional 30 mental health clinicians this summer, specifically to work with school districts to promote the social and emotional health of the state’s students, teachers, and staff as the pandemic continues.
Family Literacy Program Helps Latino Children and Parents Get Ready for Kindergarten
The curriculum uses health and wellness themes to teach language and literacy acquisition skills to pre-kindergarteners in New Brunswick who are dual-language learners from low-income Latino backgrounds.
Improving Vaccination Rates in Vulnerable Communities
As the COVID-19 Delta variant spreads and infection rates surge in New Jersey, Rutgers faculty and staff have been helping to improve vaccination rates in hard-hit areas.