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Vitalvoices’ April Event Highlights America’s Aging Population Amidst COVID


By Sheryl E. Taylor

It may come as a surprise to some and perhaps not to those who have first-hand experience of the devastating effects COVID-19. In fact, the pandemic has now highlighted long-standing disparities in the care of older adults. As America’s aging population continues to rise, their needs are often marginalized, misunderstood or missed entirely.

The Center Public Service & Community Research in the College of Public Service continues its spring vitalvoices season with “How COVID Highlights The Aging Issue In America” 1 – 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 8.

UHD’s Social Work Lecturer Dr. Angie Goins will host this virtual event with special guest Dr. Rachel Janeta, Assistant Professor of Medicine at UTHealth’s McGovern Medical School and Director of Education at UT Health’s Consortium on Aging. The discussion will address how COVID affects the elderly; what special circumstances they must confront; other issues affecting the elderly as a result of the pandemic; and you help a loved one or neighbor.

To attend this event, register today.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.