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Walden University and its expert faculty, staff, students and alumni are making the news regarding COVID-19. For a complete list of all Walden media articles, please visit Walden In the News. To contact Walden’s Media Relations department, please email [email protected].

Why Reopening Schools Isn’t as Easy as Reopening Walmart
Healthline
July 24, 2020

Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, explains how reopening schools in the pandemic is more complicated than opening retail stores and other businesses. Dr. Banerjee warns that schools pose a significant risk for creating more outbreaks since children in multigenerational households can bring home the virus and infect parents, grandparents and other relatives. He also highlights how children who can’t wear masks because of health conditions such as asthma or epilepsy have a high risk of infection.

Teacher Candidates in Online Programs Are Well Positioned to Teach Virtually During COVID-19
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
July 23, 2020

Dr. Steve Canipe, associate dean for Walden’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, contributed a blog post that covers how teacher candidates in online programs are well suited to teach virtually during COVID-19. It also addresses how now is the perfect time for aspiring educators to pursue an online education degree or certificate program.

10 Ways to Enjoy Pools and Beaches While Staying Safe from COVID-19
Real Simple
July 21, 2020

Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty in Walden’s Master of Public Health program, discusses how to safely enjoy pools and beaches during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Ferraro advises swimmers to follow CDC guidelines by remaining six feet apart and wearing masks when not in the water. She also shares that private, outdoor pools are the safest location for swimming this summer.

How to Avoid Spreading (Or Getting) Coronavirus This Summer
InStyle
July 13, 2020

Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty in Walden’s Master of Public Health program, shares expert advice on safely engaging in ordinary activities this summer, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Ferraro explains any activity outside the home in a pandemic involves a calculated risk. She shares techniques to reduce risk, including having the stylist visit your home for a haircut and keeping your towels and chairs at least six feet from others at the beach.

Leading and Managing a Company During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Becker’s Hospital Review
June 30, 2020

Dr. Bruce Huang, a core faculty member in Walden’s MBA program, discusses the best way to lead and manage a business during the COVID-19 pandemic. He says advice can be summed up in three words: resilience, speed and transparency. He suggests now is a good time to start thinking about the culture business leaders and managers want to cultivate.

How Coronavirus Affects Nursing School Admissions
U.S. News & World Report
June 18, 2020

Dr. George Zangaro, dean for Walden’s College of Nursing, explores how nursing school enrollments will change as the public watches nurses play a critical role on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Zangaro highlights how media coverage has mostly focused on the hardships nurses have faced, including a lack of PPE and working long hours. He emphasizes the final impact on the profession remains to be seen, but nurses can use this time to bolster their credentials.

Summer School 101: A Parent's Guide for Kids' Education
Parents
June 17, 2020

Dr. Debra Chester, academic coordinator for Walden’s MS in Instructional Design and Technology program, offers tips to help parents survive summer school. Dr. Chester explains some of the reasons why students enroll in summer school. She also highlights how some summer school options may be offered online, in the wake of COVID-19, while others are still in a traditional format.

Meltdowns During Lockdown
Learning Success
June 11, 2020

Dr. Stacy Ness, program director for Walden’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, offers tips to help keep children calm during distance learning in the time of COVID-19. Her strategies include helping kids get into the right mindset first thing in the morning, as well as setting up a schedule that includes learning and reward-type activities.

The Real Impact of not Having Been Touched in Months
Mashable
May 27, 2020

Dr. Mitchell Hicks, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Clinical Psychology program, examines the mental health consequences of being unable to touch friends or loved ones during social distancing. Dr. Hicks explains that touch provides important visceral connections to other humans and missing that touch for months can intensify feelings of isolation.

How to Keep Your Patients Calm During the Pandemic
Minority Nurse
May 27, 2020

Dr. Judi Kuric, academic program coordinator for Walden’s MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, provides advice for nurses on how to ease patients’ worries during the pandemic. Her tips for nurses include being honest and open about treatment plans and setting simple goals for patients such as walking around the room daily or exercising their lungs.

New to Homeschooling
Learning Success
May 21, 2020

Dr. Kisha Walker, academic coordinator for Walden’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, discusses homeschooling via a video interview. Dr. Walker offers tips to parents on how to educate their children from home during the pandemic and addresses homeschooling myths.

It's OK to Take a Break from Trying to Teach Your Kids This Summer
Parents

May 18, 2020

Dr. Steve Canipe, associate dean for Walden’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, says parents shouldn’t feel the need to put their kids through rigorous summer schooling to make up for a school's curriculum during quarantine. Dr. Canipe advises that overworking children is counterproductive. He recommends parents should expand the concept of learning beyond textbooks and highlights the importance of giving children unstructured time to support their interests.

Social Distancing and Loneliness
Lancaster Online
May 10, 2020

Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, expresses that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing a double epidemic in that it is not only fueling more infection but also an increase in loneliness. His team has created a model to better address loneliness using online gatherings where users can vent about feelings and focus on positive aspects of life.

Grace and Glory
WMAR (ABC Baltimore)
May 3, 2020

Dr. Stephanie J.W. Ford, senior core faculty in Walden's MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, provides viewers with COVID-19 mental health strategies and online learning tips for parents.

Running Resurgence as More People Enjoy Exercise Outdoors During Pandemic
ArkLaTex
April 22, 2020

Dr. Shelley Armstrong, academic program director for Walden’s School of Health Sciences undergraduate programs, describes her family’s commitment to running and biking which keeps them active while social distancing. She mentions that sports support the much-needed mood booster serotonin.

22 Things to Do Now to Land a Job in a Recession
Cheapism
April 20, 2020

Dr. Wanda Gravett, academic coordinator for Walden's MS in Human Resources Management program, discusses making yourself valuable to a prospective employer during a recession. She advises applicants use their cover letter as an opportunity to explain how they can help the hiring organization recover from the economic downturn caused by COVID-19.

What Everyone Wondering "Where's My Stimulus Check?" Needs to Know
Best Life
April 17, 2020

Dr. Bob Castaneda, program director for Walden’s BS in Accounting, MS in Accounting and MS in Finance, discusses why some people have received their stimulus checks already and why some have not. Dr. Castaneda explains the income limits that dictate eligibility for the stimulus checks. He also shares advice on how non-filers can apply for a stimulus check, as well as when to expect your paper checks in the mail.

When Businesses Reopen, Be Ready to Hire Fast
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
April 16, 2020

Dr. Wanda Gravett, academic coordinator for Walden's MS in Human Resource Management program, recommends hiring recent retirees because they know the organization well and may welcome employment once pandemic restrictions start to ease.

No, Face Masks Do Not Replace Social Distancing. Here's Why.
HuffPost
April 16, 2020

Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health program, highlights that although homemade masks don’t offer full protection from the coronavirus, it’s still better than no protection at all. She discusses the concept of harm reduction with infectious diseases and explains how in most cases the coronavirus is spread through larger respiratory droplets that can be partially blocked.

14 Ways to Stay Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Parade
April 16, 2020

Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health program, emphasizes it’s important to do everything possible to reduce our risk for transmission, including properly washing your hands, following stay-at-home orders, frequently disinfecting commonly shared surfaces and more.

20 Awesome Arts and Culture Diversions for Quarantine
PBS SoCal
April 16, 2020

To honor nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, film distributor Kino Lorber is offering free streaming of the acclaimed documentary, The American Nurse, through the end of May. Nurses can receive one contact hour for watching the film and completing the evaluation, courtesy of Walden University.

12 questions to ask yourself to stay sane while stuck at home
NBC’s TODAY
April 16, 2020

Dr. Mitchell Hicks, core faculty in Walden's PhD in Clinical Psychology program, discusses questions you can ask yourself to stay sane while stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Hicks recommends exploring if you are asking too much of yourself and others so you can recalibrate your expectations. He also suggests thinking about how important are the things you are stressing about so you don’t get caught up in the small stuff.

10 Ways You Can Support Someone Grieving During the Coronavirus Crisis
HuffPost
April 15, 2020

Dr. Rebecca Cowan, core faculty member in Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, explains it’s not only a loss of death but a loss of health, finances and special occasions that can lead to grief during the coronavirus crisis. To help support, Dr. Cowan recommends making an effort to reach out regularly via simple methods like email or text or through more personal methods like Skype or FaceTime calls. She also suggests helping them to find a therapist who can assist with their loss. 

13 Doctoral Women of Color: Thriving Amid Missing Graduation Due To COVID-19
Forbes
April 14, 2020

Xellex Rivera, a Walden PhD in Human and Social Services student and MS in Human and Social Services graduate, is highlighted as one of 13 doctoral women who are thriving amid missing graduation celebrations because of COVID-19. She is featured for her doctoral research on gaining a better understanding on the experiences of single, millennial adults (ages 25 to 34) that contribute to their need to stay in shelters longer than the allowed stay. Rivera attributes Walden’s online program format, doctoral coach and student adviser as part of the reason for her success.

As China Begins to Lift Restrictions, Fears Mount of 2nd Wave Virus Outbreak
The Epoch Times
April 13, 2020

Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, addresses the fears of a second wave for COVID-19 as China begins to lift quarantine restrictions. Dr. Ferraro believes China will experience a second wave, primarily due to asymptomatic cases and imported cases from outside.

Without Broadband Internet, Rural Towns Lack A Pandemic Lifeline
HuffPost
April 9, 2020

Dr. Tracy Scott, academic coordinator for Walden's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, discusses the difficulties of accessing telemedicine services in rural America. Dr. Scott addresses the issue of how a lack of reliable broadband internet access is preventing people from seeking help and speaks on her own experiences with patients in Bennett, Colorado.

Turning the Tide on Online Learning
Inside Higher Ed
April 8, 2020

William G. Durden, a member of Walden's Board of Directors, authored an op-ed about how online learning must provide the full range of instructional connection points available in a traditional classroom. As traditional schools launch into online education for the first time, he believes there will be unprecedented turbulence for their faculty, students and families. He highlights Walden University as a leader in online learning, citing our 50 years of experience and digital intervention tools, such as the digital coach that analyzes classroom engagement patterns and connects a student one-on-one to an adviser.

Child abuse prevention in the shadow of COVID-19
13ABC (Toledo, Ohio)
April 8, 2020

Dr. Christie Jenkins, core faculty member for Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, discusses the increase in child abuse cases during the pandemic on Wear Blue Day, a time to bring awareness to child abuse. Not only are cases increasing, she notes the severity of the cases are increasing as well.

Can a Homemade Face Mask Really Prevent Coronavirus? How to Make, Wear, and Clean One
Prevention
April 7, 2020

Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health program, discusses the benefits of wearing a fabric face mask, explains how it can reduce exposure to COVID-19 and offers tips on how to make one.

Children at risk of abuse during coronavirus pandemic
WTOL 11 / CBS (NW Ohio and SE Michigan)
April 7, 2020

Dr. Christie Jenkins, core faculty member for Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, highlights the increased risk for physical and sexual abuse of children during the pandemic. Due to schools and other businesses closing, children don’t have the same access to report abuse. She provides tips for behaviors and actions to monitor during this time.

What Jihadists Are Saying About the Coronavirus
The Wall Street Journal
April 5, 2020

Steven Stalinsky, a student in Walden's PhD in Public Policy and Administration program, wrote an op-ed about how counterterrorism officials should monitor the communications of Jihadist groups, as they are using the coronavirus pandemic to spread their messages and threats.

How to Protect the Chronically Ill and Elderly from COVID-19
Spry Health
April 2, 2020

Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health program, discusses how to protect the chronically ill and elderly from COVID-19. Dr. Ferraro explains that COVID-19 has been more fatal for the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions. She highlights how social distancing can reduce the spread of the coronavirus, as well as how physicians can help patients prepare for extended isolation.

Pentagon modifies 1,500 contracts in coronavirus, small business support effort
FOX News
April 1, 2020

Research from an article in Walden's International Journal of Applied Management and Technology shows that small businesses, in particular, can be impacted by crises and a resulting decrease in cash flow. The research, “Strategies for Enhancing Small-Business Owners' Success Rates," was a collaboration with Dr. Susan Turner, in which Dr. Al Endres, core faculty in Walden's Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program, served as her dissertation chair.

Ankeny clinic diagnoses skin cancer through telehealth during COVID-19
ABC5 (Des Moines, Iowa)
April 1, 2020

Dr. Stefanie Gatica, academic coordinator and faculty in Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, highlights how she is serving patients through virtual medicine. In one example, she diagnosed a patient’s mole as melanoma through a photo and took the necessary in-person steps to confirm the diagnosis and treat the patient. Dr. Gatica emphasize patients should not be afraid to seek medical attention during the pandemic.

Should My Family Wear Face Masks to Prevent the Coronavirus?
Parents
March 31, 2020

Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health program, answers questions on whether your family should wear face masks to prevent the coronavirus. Dr. Ferraro talks about why face masks should be reserved for healthcare workers and those who are sick and covers the differences between surgical and N95 masks and how to properly wear them.

What to Do If a Family Member Might Have the Coronavirus
Parents
March 30, 2020

Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health program, discusses what to do if a family member might have the coronavirus. Dr. Ferraro makes recommendations such as disinfecting common areas, designating a healthy family member to handle essential tasks in public, and appointing a contact person who is not in a high-risk group to help take care of the sick family member.

What it's like to live with someone who still doesn't take coronavirus seriously
Mashable
March 30, 2020

Dr. Rebecca Cowan, core faculty member in Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, provides advice to those living with people who do not take the coronavirus seriously. Dr. Cowan recommends having a conversation about your concerns, without pointing fingers at them. She advocates for having this conversation as soon as possible so everyone involved can come to a mutual agreement.

Time Is Running out for African Countries to Combat Coronavirus
VICE News
March 28, 2020

Ngoy Nsenga, a Walden PhD in Public Health student, is the regional coordinator for the COVID-19 response in the 20 countries of East and Southern Africa.

Therapy by Phone or Video Chat Kinda Sucks. Here's How to Make It Better.
VICE
March 26, 2020

Dr. Rebecca Cowan, core faculty member in Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, discusses telemental health services while in quarantine and social distancing. Dr. Cowan provides a variety of tips on how to purse therapy and counseling services in a virtual environment and how to work with your therapist to best suit your needs.

The Effects of COVID-19 on Minority Mental Health
The Weekly Challenger
March 26, 2020

Dr. Brittany Peters, contributing faculty member in Walden's Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program, discusses the mental health effects of COVID-19 on minorities and those living in poverty. She also offers several tips on how to manage your mental health during this challenging time.

Fact from Fiction: COVID-19 Misconceptions
WGN Radio (Chicago)
March 25, 2020

Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH), discusses COVID-19 and current health statistics, while also dispelling misconceptions about the virus.

12 Myths About Coronavirus
U.S. News & World Report
March 23, 2020

Dr. Rebecca Cowan, core faculty member in Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, addresses the myth, “If I become infected with coronavirus, I'll die." Dr. Cowan explains only a small percentage of people who become ill with COVID-19 will die and most of those who are infected experience only a mild illness.

Coronavirus stimulus relief plea from self-employed to Washington: 'We need help now'
USA TODAY
March 23, 2020

JeFreda Brown, student in Walden’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program, discusses how self-employed entrepreneurs are in need of help due to the coronavirus pandemic. She is working to highlight this issue among legislators while also offering discounted financial services and consultation to those in need. She was also featured on ABC’s Nightline (6:15 mark).

9 Changes to Make to Your Job Search to Get Hired Right Now
FairyGodBoss
March 23, 2020

Dr. Wanda Gravett, academic coordinator for Walden’s MS in Human Resource Management program, discusses the changes job seekers should make in order to land the job they want during the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Gravett advises job seekers to follow social distancing recommendations by creating digital or online portfolios and sending a virtual introduction of themselves, in lieu of face-to-face meetings. She also recommends that applicants keep their computer up to date with the latest video conferencing platforms for virtual interviews.

Coronavirus: The role of social distancing in senior care facilities
i Advance Senior Care
March 18, 2020

Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member in Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, discusses the importance of social distancing in senior care facilities and offers advice on protocols to protect residents. She also covers visitation policies, offering ideas for remote communication and recommending separate visitor policies for end-of-life situations.

Coronavirus Preparedness for Senior Care Facilities
i Advance Senior Care
March 18, 2020

Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member in Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, explains why the coronavirus is so deadly for seniors and offers senior care facilities advice on how to protect residents and staff.

How to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety, According to the Experts
The Oprah Magazine
March 11, 2020

Dr. Rebecca Cowan, core faculty member for Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, discusses anxiety related to the coronavirus and ways to cope with it. Dr. Cowan explains that uncertainty is one of the primary factors contributing to anxiety about coronavirus and provides suggestions on creative ways to burn off nervous energy.

So You’ve Been Asked to Self-Quarantine for Coronavirus: Now What?
Parents
March 9, 2020

Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, discusses some of the best ways to prevent coronavirus transmission, including washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and respiratory hygiene.

Coronavirus Doesn't Affect Children as Severely - And Experts Have No Idea Why
Parents
March 5, 2020

Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, discusses some of the theories behind why coronavirus doesn’t seem to affect children as severely as adults. Dr. Ferraro explains some of the common risk factors, such as pre-existing conditions that are more likely to be present in adults, and ways parents can help keep their children from being exposed to the coronavirus.

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