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Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Renkert Contributes First Essay for SBS COVID-19 Series

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is publishing a series of first-person stories on how the University of Arizona community is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic. For the inaugural contribution, Sarah Renkert, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Anthropology, shares the challenges of having to pause her research in Huaycán, Peru, and return to the U.S. amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Read Sarah’s essay now.

  • Nichters Work with HCW Hosted

Regents’ Professor Emeritus Mark Nichter and Professor Emerita Mimi Nichter are members of a new Tucson consortium called HCW Hosted ([Health Care Workers] Housing to Overcome Spread Through Effective Distancing). Dr. Mark Nichter, who describes the organization as “a full-service portal for coordinating community resources in support of health care workers and their families,” is featured in a recent KGUN 9 interview that “highlighted just one aspect of a much larger initiative addressing social, mental, emotional, spiritual support for HCW, their partners and children.”

From the website:
The founding consortium for HCW HOSTED is a multi-disciplinary partnership between the University of Arizona (UA), local hospital systems, the Tucson business community, city and county government officials, and concerned citizens.

The consortium’s leadership team at UA consists of emergency room physicians, public health specialists, epidemiologists, public health emergency management specialist, clinical psychologists with teletherapy resources and psychological first aid experience, anthropologists, data scientists, and web developers who are supported by over 30 faculty, staff, and students motivated to launch this initiative immediately to support frontline personnel through the COVID-19 pandemic surge.

Medical Anthropology alumni Kristin Hedges (Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University; Ph.D. Arizona, 2012) and Elizabeth Cartwright (Professor, Idaho State University; Ph.D. Arizona, 1998), along with Dr. Mark Nichter, are at the forefront of medical anthropology related COViD-19 information and research sharing nationally and internationally via and the Anthropological Responses to Health Emergencies website (see and ARHE is a Special Interest Group of the Society for Medical Anthropology.

  • “Reflections” Now Available Blog-Style 

In case you missed one of Anthro News Digests’ “Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic” or want to revisit an essay or news piece, all Reflections are now available on one page of the SoA website. You can find it in the “News & Events” dropdown on the website.