Leading Higher Education with Empathy, Collaboration, and Social Advocacy
Illuminate Higher Education
March 22, 2021
Dr. Ward Ulmer, president of Walden University, explains how Walden is leading the way in a student-centric model, from its founding addressing the needs of adult learners to providing online learning options for working professionals. He highlights how social change is at the heart of Walden, covering how he’s addressed some recent social justice issues and how Walden is creating social change leaders to make progress in their professions and communities. Additionally, he talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected higher education. Listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes.
After a Year-Plus of COVID-19, Therapists Share 10 Ways Our Mental Health Has Changed
March 18, 2021
Dr. Jeremy Enzor, faculty member in Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, discusses ways our mental health has changed after more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Enzor explains that many people may be experiencing grief and having difficulty moving past it due to current circumstances. Additionally, he notes that the effects of the past year have been felt differently across gender, race, age and socioeconomic status.
6 Ways To Show Your Employees You Care, Even When You’re Remote
March 11, 2021
Dr. Hamid Kazeroony, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Management program, and Dr. Dean Gualco, faculty member in Walden’s MS in Human Resource Management program, discuss ways to show your employees you care, even when you’re remote. Dr. Kazeroony suggests holding a virtual huddle meeting to recognize individual achievements in each department. Dr. Gualco advises sending out an email at the end of each week, highlighting accomplishments and star performers.
What You Can and Cannot Do After Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine
March 11, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, explains there is a difference between public responsibility and personal choice regarding mask-wearing and socializing. New CDC guidelines state that vaccinated people can spend time together indoors in private spaces. People who are at high risk for severe disease, including those with diabetes, should be more careful. Dr. Banerjee urges vaccinated people to continue wearing masks in public since they can still transmit the virus to others.
Brands We Love That Are Making a Comeback
February 26, 2021
Dr. Janet Deskins, faculty member in Walden’s BS in Communication program, shares that Dickies, which has been designing apparel for manual laborers since 1922, is gaining popularity in the mainstream fashion industry. In addition to their durability, she explains that the brand’s loose-fitted style may be appealing to new consumers due to COVID-19 weight gain.
Iowa social worker reports increased anxiety in some children since last March
WQAD (ABC NW Illinois and SE Iowa)
February 25, 2021
Dr. Andrea Iavarone, core faculty in Walden’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program, says the isolation of social distancing and learning at home can be especially difficult for adolescents who struggle when they are separated from their friends. She says the children she works with have experienced uncertainty, loss and grief in the pandemic. Dr. Iavarone recommends parents talk to their kids about their strength and resilience in living through a completely unique experience in history.
Harvard Researchers Are Warning About These Severe COVID Symptoms
February 24, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, describes the most severe COVID-19 symptoms and what to do if one experiences them. He explains that symptoms such as high fever and shortness of breath are considered more severe because they indicate that a patient may need a ventilator and admission to the ICU. The symptoms may also lead to further complications such as shock, organ damage and acute respiratory distress syndrome.
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Here's What You Should Know About Wearing Double Masks For Beauty Treatments
February 12, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, discusses whether people should wear two masks at once, a practice called double masking, during hair or beauty appointments. Dr. Banerjee says double masking creates a better barrier to prevent COVID-19 viral particles from entering the nose, throat and lungs.
Everything You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccines and MS
February 6, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, highlights that although vaccine trials didn't study multiple sclerosis (MS) participants specifically, it doesn't mean the COVID-19 vaccine will be unsafe for them. He says MS patients are at a higher risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms and should get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Nurse Who Inoculated Vice President Kamala Harris Advocates for COVID-19 Vaccine
February 5, 2021
Patricia Cummings, a registered nurse and Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, discusses her experience in inoculating Vice President Kamala Harris. She highlights how she is sharing her knowledge and passion for health promotion to build trust in the COVID-19 vaccine among minority communities.
Nurse Describes Battling COVID Crisis in NYC Hospital: "I Can't Even Adequately Express the Grief"
January 30, 2021
Anna Slayton, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student and RN-BSN graduate, shares the story of how she temporarily left her family and home in Texas to travel to New York City to help fight on the COVID-19 front lines as a relief nurse. She discusses some of the most difficult aspects of being a nurse during the pandemic, including managing significant levels of grief and anxiety. She urges other nurses and nursing students to remember the importance of self-care and to make time for it.
Why Double Masking Is More Protective Against COVID-19 — and How to Do It Effectively
January 29, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, confirms that two masks are better than one, adding that this technique could help keep out new coronavirus variants that more easily bind to human cells. Dr. Banerjee explains that double masking creates a more complicated, thicker barrier for the virus to penetrate.
Tips for Giving Presentations in Your Online Nursing Class
January 28, 2021
Dr. Robin Squellati, faculty member for Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, and Dr. Jamil Norman, faculty member for Walden’s RN-BSN program, provide nursing students with tips on giving presentations in online classes. Dr. Squellati advises students to tailor their presentations to their specific audience and avoid any jargon that even one person in the room might not understand. Dr. Norman notes that visual aids or other elements such as video or audio clips can be engaging assets in online presentations.
Nurse Patricia Cummings Administers COVID-19 Vaccine to Vice President Kamala Harris
Black Press USA's Let It Be Known
January 27, 2021
Patricia Cummings, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, discusses some of the common concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine and encourages everyone to make sure they are getting information about it from reliable sources. She also notes that the Nurse Executive program at Walden has helped empower her to serve as a transformational leader for her staff and larger community during one of the most challenging times she has ever experienced as a nurse leader.
RN Who Inoculated Kamala Harris: We Can 'Potentially End' COVID-19
January 26, 2021
Patricia Cummings, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, explains how she uses her Walden education to invoke positive change in her community and educate people about the COVID-19 vaccine. She shares her experience in inoculating Vice President Kamala Harris with the vaccine and believes that experience helped boost morale and trust in the efficacy of the vaccine in her community.
What Frustrates Nurses The Most Right Now In The COVID-19 Pandemic
January 26, 2021
Pamela Glenn, academic coach for the College of Nursing’s Tempo programs, and Dr. Crystal Slaughter, faculty member for Walden’s RN-BSN program, talk about the behaviors that frustrate nurses the most during the COVID-19 pandemic. Glenn says she finds it frustrating when people do not wear face masks in public settings. Dr. Slaughter says she doesn’t like seeing people brushing off COVID-related deaths because someone had preexisting conditions. Glenn adds that many nurses have been so overworked they have not had time to take in all the loss, grieve or deal with the trauma surrounding the pandemic.
Nurse Patricia Cummings Administers the COVID-19 Vaccine to Vice President Kamala Harris
WIN-TV - The Washington Informer
January 22, 2021
Patricia Cummings, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, discusses her opportunity to inoculate Vice President Kamala Harris with the COVID-19 vaccine. She notes she has personally received both doses of the vaccine and did not experience any adverse side effects. Cummings encourages everyone to take advantage of the vaccine if they have the chance to receive it.
Is Sore Throat A Symptom of COVID-19?
January 21, 2021
Dr. Vasileios Margaritis, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, explains that the respiratory virus enters the body through the nose and throat, where it often causes swelling and pain. He says it’s possible to have coronavirus and exhibit no symptoms. Dr. Margaritis recommends people with sore throats should isolate at home and get tested for COVID-19.
Protect Your Sexual Health Safely and Discreetly with At-Home STD Testing
January 20, 2021
Dr. Richard Jimenez, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, says COVID-19 is causing closings or reduced hours at community clinics that conduct a lot of STD testing. He explains how patients and clinicians are looking for safer alternatives to in-person appointments, and at-home STD tests limit COVID-19 exposure and ensure people with STDs get prompt diagnosis and treatment.
Is Coughing A Symptom of COVID-19?
January 19, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, explains that COVID-19 patients often present with a dry cough that tickles in the back of the throat. He cautions that a dry cough can occur with many conditions other than COVID-19, including the flu, asthma, acid reflux and heart failure. Dr. Banerjee says testing for the virus is the only way to be sure that a patient has COVID-19.
Nurse who vaccinated Kamala Harris working to solve vaccine disparities in DC
WUSA9 (CBS Washington, DC)
January 18, 2021
Patricia Cummings, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, is helping to raise awareness about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine in her community. Cummings, who administered the COVID-19 vaccine to Vice President Kamala Harris, says she believes that Harris’ decision to receive the vaccine was helpful in encouraging the southeast D.C. community to embrace the vaccine.
Push to Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy in Black Communities
January 15, 2021
Patricia Cummings, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, talks about her efforts to overcome vaccine hesitancy in Black communities. She administered the COVID-19 vaccine to Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, in Washington, D.C. Cummings says it is imperative that all community members do their part by getting vaccinated when they have the opportunity to do so.
Can Immunocompromised People Safely Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?
January 6, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, explains that immunocompromised people may show a reduced immune response to the vaccines. For this reason, they should continue to take all recommended precautions against COVID-19, even after receiving the vaccine.
How the Public’s Attitude on COVID-19 Vaccines Is Shifting
January 4, 2021
Dr. Tony Anno, faculty member for Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, notes that while there appears to be reluctance from some people toward receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, there are also some who have changed their stances after discussing the pros and cons with their healthcare providers.
How School Administrators Can Help Teachers, Staff, Parents and Students Adapt to Hybrid School Schedules
Class for Zoom
December 21, 2020
Dr. Michael Vinella, faculty member in Walden’s Doctor of Education (EdD) program, advises how hybrid environments require new approaches. This includes educators communicating in a more succinct manner, providing 24/7 access to materials and resources through an online classroom, and incorporating elements of the flipped classroom and blended learning into future lesson plans.
Rural Georgia faces major obstacles to access to vaccine
December 15, 2020
Dr. Bruce Ragon, core faculty in Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, discusses the challenges of distributing the COVID-19 vaccine in rural Georgia. Dr. Ragon notes that remote areas are among those most in need of the vaccine, but their access may be limited. The vaccine must be kept at extremely cold temperatures, making it difficult to ship and store in areas with few resources.
We asked nurses what they want most this holiday season. Here's what some said.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Pulse Magazine
December 11, 2020
Dr. Tony Anno, faculty member for Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, says that social distancing and working extra hours to help care for COVID-19 patients have made it challenging for him to see his grandchildren. His number one wish would be for COVID-19 to finally be eradicated so that he can spend more time with them.
Study Identifies Safest Ways to Share a Car During COVID-19
December 10, 2020
Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, explains that vehicles can be risky for coronavirus transmission because the confined space prevents social distancing. He urges people who must ride in cars to wear a mask, bring hand sanitizer, stay as far apart from others as possible, and open the window.
Nurse of the Week Anna Slayton Spent 77 Days as a COVID-19 Relief Nurse in NYC
December 9, 2020
Anna Slayton, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student and RN-BSN graduate, shares how she temporarily left her family and home in Texas to travel to New York City to help fight on the COVID-19 front lines as a relief nurse. She discusses some of the biggest challenges she faced and the greatest rewards she received from her experience in NYC.
Real Talk with BELLA: Anna Slayton On Covid + Your Immune System
December 2, 2020
Anna Slayton, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student and RN-BSN graduate, shares how she temporarily left her family and home in Texas to travel to New York City to help fight on the COVID-19 front lines as a relief nurse. She discusses the challenges that nurses across the nation are facing in treating COVID-19 patients and talks about some of the precautions the general public can take to help protect themselves and their families.
Inspiring Mom and Nursing Student Volunteers on the COVID-19 Front Lines
November 18, 2020
Anna Slayton, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student and RN-BSN alumni, shares her story of how as a mom and student she temporarily left her family and home in Texas to travel to New York City to help fight on the COVID-19 front lines as a relief nurse. Slayton says that when she saw the USNS Comfort pull into the New York City harbor on the news, she knew it was her duty to travel to the city and use her unique skillset to help save lives.
“Coffee Talks” Help Former Prisoners Return to Society
October 26, 2020
Sara Thimmes, a Walden RN-BSN graduate and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, and Lisa Trogdon, a Walden MSN graduate, describe a health education volunteer initiative of Walden’s Signa Phi Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing®. In the program, called Coffee Talks, volunteer nurses and students present on health topics in a series of videoconferences with recently incarcerated women living in a halfway house in Washington D.C. The nurses say the program is a unique way for them to impact the community, especially when face-to-face interactions are rare in the pandemic. The Coffee Talks series was created by Dr. Avon Hart Johnson, faculty in Walden’s PhD in Human Services program.
Is It Safe to Go Trick-or-Treating During a Pandemic? Experts Have Recommendations
September 24, 2020
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty in Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, shares tips for parents who want to safely trick-or-treat with their children during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nearly 70% of IT & Security Pros Hone Their Cyber Skills Outside of Work
September 22, 2020
Dr. Jodine Burchell, academic research coordinator for Walden’s College of Management and Technology, explains that companies are now better positioned to focus on security and skills development since they have onboarded remote workers during COVID-19. She emphasizes the importance of developing these skills with current employees.
Do You Qualify for a Coronavirus Hardship Loan?
The Simple Dollar
August 27, 2020
Dr. JeFreda Brown, a Walden Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) graduate, explains what a coronavirus hardship loan is and offers advice for applicants.
The Relevance of an MBA During the COVID-19 Crisis
U.S. News & World Report
August 24, 2020
Dr. Rebecca Krysiak, program director for Walden’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, discusses the relevance of an MBA during the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Krysiak advises prospective MBA students to choose a program that teaches them how to manage all types of changes, which is constant in business.
11 TV Hill: Walden University providing tablets to Baltimore students
August 2, 2020
President Dr. Ward Ulmer highlights Walden University’s 50th anniversary and Mobilize for Good initiative. Walden continued its mission for positive social change by donating 650 tablets, 300 learning kits and 80 backpacks filled with food and hygiene products to Baltimore City Public Schools.
Empowering the Greater Good for 50 Years
Grace & Glory
August 1, 2020
President Dr. Ward Ulmer and Val Taylor, a 2018 Walden MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership graduate and staff member, discuss Walden’s 50th anniversary, the Mobilize for Good initiative and Baltimore Acts for Good. Walden donated 650 tablets, 300 learning kits and 80 backpacks filled with food and hygiene products to Baltimore City Public Schools.
Woodbridge High School seniors receive surprised gifts for work during pandemic
Potomac Local News
July 24, 2020
Walden University surprised three Woodbridge High School students with gifts to help them further their educational interests, as part of the Mobilize for Good initiative. The university also donated $7,500 to the Black Lives Matter movement – a charitable cause selected by the Woodbridge High School Student Senior Board.
Why Reopening Schools Isn’t as Easy as Reopening Walmart
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
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.
Walden University donates 650 tablets to Baltimore City teachers and students
July 21, 2020
Walden’s Baltimore Acts for Good celebrates its 50-year history of empowering the greater good through its commitment to positive social change. A group of Baltimore City PreK-8 public school teachers and students were surprised by Walden University with 650 tablets and 300 custom learning kits.
Woodbridge High School Class of 2020, Three Seniors Receive Surprise Gifts
Prince William Living
July 20, 2020
Walden’s D.C.-area Acts for Good surprised three Woodbridge High School seniors and their parents with gifts to help advance the students’ passions and education. Some of these gifts include recording equipment for an aspiring musician, a new camera and editing software for an avid photographer, and gift cards and resources for a college-bound student. In addition to these gifts, Walden surprised the Class of 2020 with a $7,500 donation to Black Lives Matter on their behalf. The charity was chosen by the Woodbridge High School Student Senior Board.
Teachers and Students Surprised with Tablets in Baltimore
July 17, 2020
Val Taylor, a 2018 Walden MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership graduate and staff member, highlighted Walden’s mission for positive social change. Walden donated 650 tablets, 300 learning kits and 80 backpacks filled with food and hygiene products to Baltimore City Public Schools. Taylor was instrumental in helping to coordinate the Baltimore Acts for Good, where she gathered all the supplies for the backpacks herself and filled them with her 14-year-old grandson.
Walden University Distributes Tablets to Baltimore Students
July 17, 2020
Walden donated 650 tablets, 300 learning kits and 80 backpacks filled with food and hygiene products to Baltimore City Public Schools. Walden is credited with stepping up to help students during the coronavirus pandemic.
How to Navigate Zoom Fatigue with Colleagues and Friends, According to Experts
July 16, 2020
Dr. Savitri Dixon-Saxon, vice provost of Walden’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, addresses how too many video meetings can lead to Zoom fatigue. Dr. Dixon-Saxon explains how people experience this unique kind of exhaustion and why it can occur. She also provides several tips to help combat Zoom fatigue, including turning the camera off once in a while, keeping a tight schedule for meetings, and reminding yourself on the positives of video chats.
How to Avoid Spreading (Or Getting) Coronavirus This Summer
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.
Retiring Teacher Gets One Thoughtful Surprise After Another
Right This Minute
June 24, 2020
For Walden’s Houston Acts for Good, the university helps Beneke Elementary give a heartfelt sendoff to one of its retiring teachers, Trang LeQuang. Walden put together a video featuring heartwarming messages from LeQuang's students and colleagues and surprised her with a plaque in her honor that will hang in her classroom. Walden also donated 10,000 meals in her name to support families in need in the Spring Independent School District.
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
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
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.
Walden University Donates 650 Tablets, 300 Learning Kits to Public Schools
June 3, 2020
President Dr. Ward Ulmer talks about Walden’s mission for positive social change through the donation of 650 tablets, 300 learning kits and 80 backpacks filled with food and hygiene products to Baltimore City Public Schools. He explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the severity of educational inequality, while shining a light on how passionate and determined teachers are to provide the best possible learning experience for their students.
The Real Impact of not Having Been Touched in Months
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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.
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'
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
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?
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
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.