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California goes on the offensive as Omicron variant grows
Three days after Thanksgiving, Gov. Gavin Newsom went online to address the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, a version of the virus with at least 50 mutations, according to the World Health Organization. ....Read more here.

Voting rights is the civil rights issue of our time
As COVID-19 continues to follow us into the new year, the East Palo Alto City Council and members of the city staff held a special meeting on Saturday, January 23, 2021. The meeting was the council’s strategic planning retreat and it was held via Zoom in an online format....Read more here.

Vaccinating kids can help win the battle against Covid, experts argue
Nearly one million children ages 5 to 11 have been vaccinated in the United States since the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved for this age group on September 20.
... Read more by clicking here.

Vaccination protects children from the dangers of COVID-19
Our state experienced the most devastating point of the pandemic last winter. More than 21,000 Californians were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the last week of December, and we lost 18,518 mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers to this deadly virus in January..
... Read more by clicking here.

Universal or selective boosters: who should get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
The scientific community does not agree on booster doses in developed countries, while some nations have failed to vaccinate even half of their populations.... Read more by clicking here.

California's housing crisis rooted in racist zoning laws
Across the country, with both state and federal moratoria on evictions for non-payment of rent set to expire September 30, more than 2 million adult renters are at imminent risk of eviction, 880,000 of them in California....Read more by clicking here

CDC experts call new surge "The Pandemic of the Unvaccinated"
As the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreads across the country, health authorities are concerned about the increase in cases in rural counties where vaccination rates are very low....Read more by clicking here.

Hesitancy and lack of access contribute to low rates of kids vaccinated
Vaccinating 12-17 year olds has become the next major milestone in gaining control of the pandemic. Why do some parents hesitate?....Read more by clicking here.

Ethnic Media Reporters recognized for covering 2020 epic events
Some 30 ethnic media journalists were honored for their coverage of the epic events of 2020 at a virtual California Ethnic Media Awards ceremony which took place this Thursday night.....Read more by clicking here.

COVID vaccination will not be required to attend K-12 public school in California
California teens ages 12-15 can start getting vaccinated for Covid as of May 13, but getting the shot will not be required for attending K-12 public schools in the state, said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly at a press briefing....Read more by clicking here.

How communities can heal post pandemic
Experts warn that even if the United States reaches the elusive herd immunity, closing the growing inequality gaps separating low-income communities of color from the rest of the country will require more work.
.... Click here to read more.

"It's not hesitancy, it's access" - Umoja health volunteers target vaccine access
As rap music joined the whoosh of nearby BART trains on a recent Saturday morning, Umoja Health Founder Dr. Kim Rhoads and her army of volunteer health care workers delivered shots of COVID-19 vaccines to more than 300 people at a pop-up vaccination clinic.... Click here to read more.

Commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine
In this FAQ, Dr. Fan addresses the most common questions asked by his patients regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Three brands of the vaccine are currently available in the U.S. – the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and the single-shot Johnson and Johnson: all three have similar levels of efficacy.... Read more here.

New benefits for unemployed Californians in Biden's American Rescue Plan
When President Biden signed the country’s third federal COVID-19 stimulus package with direct payments to individuals into law on March 11, it extended the increased unemployment benefits that first went into effect with the CARES Act a year prior.... Read more here.

Taking steps to combat anti-Asian bias
Asian Americans are encountering increased hostility amid the COVID-19 pandemic and it has engendered fear in their communities....Read more here

As we march into orange, let’s ensure that the Black and Brown are not left behind
San Mateo County moved into Tier 3 (Orange) on March 18, 2021. In this tier, shopping malls, places of worship, dine-in restaurants and some non-essential businesses can open indoors with modifications.....Read more here

Key COVID-19 messages for the East Palo Alto Community
The San Mateo County Health department issued some important and critical information this week regarding COVID-19 that East Palo Alto community members should know....
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Experts discuss the challenges in reopening schools too soon
As the United States continues looking for a way to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the first challenges is reopening schools nationwide...
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COVID-19 death rates highlight racial inequities
Life expectancy in the United States has fallen in the last year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to recent data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)....Read more here.

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Achieving Social Harmony and Equal Justice
Top row from left, Prof. Roberta Ahlquist and Henrietta J. Burroughs. Bottom row from left, Aram James and Palo Alto City Council member Greer Stone. See more information about this discussion below.

What will it take for social harmony and equal justice to be achieved in the U.S.? Click here to get more details about what the guests have to say on this edition of Talking with Henrietta.

How Grant Funding Is Affecting the News Industry

From left, Mauricio Palma, Nicole Taylor, Joe Rodriguez and Henrietta J. Burroughs are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on July 29, 2021.

During the past few years the news industry has dealt with many challenges. What are some of these challenges? Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. To find out, click here for more information.


Addressing COVID-19's Negative Impacts on Children

From top left, Jenny Obiaya, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Alma Pulido; below left, Carine Risley, Doreen Hassan and Maurice Baker are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on June 24, 2021. See below for more information on this show,.

The pandemic has led to setbacks and many negative impacts for the youth in our communities? We discuss some of these impacts on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here for more information about this show.


Assisting Distressed Small Landlords and Renters

From left, Maeve Elise Brown, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Nazanin Salehi during their Zoom discussion on June 15, 2021. Get more details below.

The pandemic brought drastic changes for millions of people. Find out some of the special challenges it presented for small landlords and renters on this new edition of Talking with Henrietta. Get more information about this show here.


Getting Media Coverage: Tips for Working with the Press

We're all familiar with social media. But, we also still have the working press from which we obtain news and information. Click here to see how you can get useful tips for working with traditional media.



Addressing Concerns about the COVID Vaccine Rollout

From top left going clockwise: East Palo Alto City Council member Antonio Lopez, CA State Assembly member Marc Berman, Henrietta J. Burroughs, CA State Senator Josh Becker, RCSD Board Trustee Ana Marie Pulido, Ravenswood Family Health Network CEO Luisa Buada and below, Pastor Paul Bains. All are shown during the March 18, 2021 Zoom recording of the Talking with Henrietta television show.  See more details below.

Is there any merit to the allegation that the COVID-19 vaccines are being unequally distributed to different ethnic groups? Discussion participants answer this question and many others on this new edition of Talking with Henrietta. Find out more about the show by clicking here.


Twenty-twenty: A Memorable Year
The Year in Review
Participants on the 2020 Year in Review show
From left, Vandana Kumar, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Emily Mibach top row and Gennady Sheyner and Jocelyn Dong bottom row are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their show discussion on Thursday, January 15, 2021. See a brief description of the show below.

Many know that 2020 was very different from past years. On this edition of Talking with Henrietta, show guests discuss why they think 2020 will be a big year in our history books. Get more information about this show by clicking here.


Increasing Access to COVID-19 Testing Is Equity
Panelists at the San Mateo County's Office of Community Affairs Press Briefing are shown during their Facebook Live discussion. See more information about this discussion below.

On this new edition of Talking with Henrietta, you'll see a replay of an important briefing about COVID-19 testing that was given to the local media. Get more details about this briefing here.







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