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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) – the second-largest university in Houston – 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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.