Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19: Communications, Medical Care, Public Health


Contributed by Patricia Zimmermann

Friday April 24, 2020  11 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register for the Salon:  https://ithaca.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kF0UxRPuSOOqiziAREJvGg


Dr. Joslyn Brenton, Assistant Professor, Sociology  
Melinda Frost ’89, Risk Communication and Community Engagement Lead,  World Health Organization 
Dr. Susan Salahshor, Program Director, Ithaca College Physician Assistant Program

Moderated by Dr. Stewart Auyash, Associate Professor and Department Chair, IC Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education

In partnership with the Ithaca College Honors program, join our faculty and alumni experts in our latest Rapid Response Salon conversation that focuses on communication, medical care, and public health  around the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear their insights in an engaging live format meant to provide expert commentary.

Dr. Joslyn Brenton, Assistant Professor of Sociology, teaches and conducts research about families, food, health, and inequality. Her research has been published in Social Problems, Sociology of Health & Illness, and Contexts. She is co-author of Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won’t Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2019). The book is based on 120 in-depth interviews with diverse mothers of young children, and over 250 hours observing families grocery shop, cook, and eat. Her research explains why efforts to ameliorate population health must address race, class, and gender inequality.  

Melinda Frost is Technical Office for Risk Communication and Community Engagement at the World Health Organization.  She focuses on infectious disease, non-communicable disease, and health security. She directed programs in global health and risk communication for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC) for 8 years. She has worked with the World Health Organization and its regional offices, UNICEF and U.S. CDC designing programs to strengthen national and regional level risk communication response among member states. She has led projects and campaigns during public health emergencies such as influenzas H7N9 and H1N1 and natural disasters in China.

Dr. Susan Salahshor is the founding Program Director for the Physician Assistant Program at Ithaca College. A Physician Assistant (PA) for 25 years, her 11 specialties include geriatrics, surgery, and rural medicine. She has a PhD in health care management. She is past president of the Florida Academy of PAs (FAPA)-- the first African American in this role. She is certified in quality improvement methodologies in healthcare delivery systems. A Mental Health First Aid Instructor (MHFA), she is certified to teach the adult, higher education, military and service members. She served 3 years in the US Army Reserves.