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How Chaplains Are Helping People Deal with Existential Crises During a Pandemic

New study from Geila Rajaee

The majority of Americans say they are aware of chaplains and desire their services, yet few report previous experience with them in health care, according to a University of Michigan study. Lead author Geila Rajaee, a doctoral candidate at the U-M School of Public Health, discusses how chaplaincy is perceived in the U.S., and how that might be changing during the pandemic. Read more

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Undergraduate Students Discuss Impacts of COVID-19 on Social Determinants of Health

Social determinants of health are key influences in shaping health outcomes. With this in mind, a group of six undergraduate students from the University of Michigan School of Public Health came together to publish a paper on how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact various social determinants of health as we look toward the future and the virus continues to spread. Read more

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Genetic Testing: Employee Perk or Privacy Hazard?

New research from Scott Roberts

Researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine will lead an interdisciplinary, multi-institution study of the ethical, legal and social implications of workplace genomic testing in the United States. Read more

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COVID-19 Exposed Weakness in Ensuring Healthy Food Access in Child Care

Q&A with Kate Bauer

When child care programs across the country closed due to COVID, millions of children lost access to the healthy food they had been receiving through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program, exposing the weakness in our country's systems for ensuring young, low-income children have access to healthy food. Read more