Ernestine Briggs-King, a psychologist and an associate professor in psychiatry at the Duke School of Medicine and the Center for Child and Family Health, specializes in child maltreatment and child traumatic stress.
She relies on a variety of sources to stay informed about how the pandemic is affecting her field, and to use her work to inform others.
• I use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19.
• The Indian Health Services site has some good resources for families on COVID-19.
• Given my work regarding children and families who have experienced trauma and the providers who serve them, I rely heavily on the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for my implementation and dissemination efforts.
• I go to the Brookings Institution site to stay abreast of some of the pressing policy issues related to COVID-19.
• The American Psychological Association has great information for mental health professionals, ranging from tips for working with children, caregivers, and families affected by COVID to tips on how to provide telehealth services.
• As a numbers person, I also appreciate some of the sources for state-by-state COVID-19 statistics and metrics, including the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service’s COVID-19 site and the coronavirus map from Johns Hopkins University.
• I follow the New York Times’ coverage of a wide array of stories, including this recent article on COVID-19, poverty, and space.
• I have recently tuned into “Black Women OWN the Conversation,” a series of heartfelt conversations with African American women on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The latest episode includes notables such as Dr. Altha Stewart of the American Psychiatric Association and physician Dr. Uché Blackstock.
• I listen to National Public Radio for interesting perspectives and for generating thought-provoking questions to share with my colleagues at Duke.
• Finally, I rely on colleagues in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and some very smart personal friends to share the latest in health news, pandemic and crisis management, policy, financial, social, and cultural issues.