Tag Archives: Pandemic

Is the massive HHS pandemic ad campaign falling apart? Celeb refusals and HHS staff pushbacks stall effort: report

The massive HHS ad campaign to allay pandemic fears may be unraveling. First, there’s pushback from agency employees who see the $ 300 million effort as politically motivated. Many celebrities are refusing to participate. Plus, the campaign’s operating on a rushed timeline, Politico reports. More than 30 celebrities on the administration’s wish list—including musicians Billy Joel, Lady… Read More »

The Hair Economy in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Control, Wellness, and Self-Care

The barbershop and beauty salon are important community touch points for health, wellness, and social connection in so many peoples’ lives. In my book, HealthConsuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen, I feature the black barbershop to introduce a chapter on “The New Retail Health.” In the COVID-19 pandemic, how we’re dealing with hair is… Read More »

Learning to cope with the pandemic from palliative care patients 

I’m a palliative care chaplain who provides spiritual support to patients with serious, life-changing, and for some, life-threatening, illnesses. A common story they tell is an illness, like a storm, blew them off their life’s map.  They find themselves lost in the unfamiliar territory of sickness. The future, once certain and promising, is now uncertain… Read More »