UP International Nursing and Healthcare Forum to tackle the consequences of social inequities in the time of pandemic

| Written by Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta

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The COVID-19 pandemic has not only brought the world to a stand-still, but also served to throw in stark relief the existing inequalities plaguing society, starting with healthcare.

In its upcoming 2020 Summer Webinar on the “Consequences of Social Inequities in the COVID-19 Pandemic”, the UP International Nursing and Healthcare Forum (UPINHF) will tackle how the global pandemic has impacted aspects of our daily lives, from social inequalities and health disparities, to its effects on data protection and the use of personal data, especially in healthcare. The 2020 UPINHF Summer Webinar will be conducted via Zoom: on Friday, August 21, at 6:00 p.m. PT and 9:00 p.m. ET, for the US and Canada; and on Saturday, August 22, at 9:00 a.m. for the Philippines.

The first speaker in the webinar is Ms. Dula F. Pacquiao, EdD, RN, CTN-A, TNS, a consultant with the Transcultural Nursing Education, Research and Practice, Professor Emerita of Rutgers University, and Transcultural Nursing Scholar Fellow of the NY Academy of Medicine. Her presentation aims to analyze how social inequities and health disparities interact in the COVID-19 pandemic. Patterns of morbidity and mortality are linked with social and structural inequity. Approaches for mitigating the impact of social inequities will be presented.

The second speaker is Philippine National Privacy Commission Chairman and the Philippines’ first Privacy Commissioner Raymund Enriquez Liboro. He is also the current chair of the Global Privacy Assembly COVID19 Task Force, leading 134 data privacy authorities worldwide in responding to COVID 19. His presentation will focus on how the pandemic has intensified the use of personal data, especially in healthcare. The presentation will provide pragmatic steps on how to practice individual and organizational accountability in addressing the pandemic and to navigate the new normal with data protection and privacy in mind.

The UPINHF, Inc. is a health-centered international non-profit corporation whose mission is to transform healthcare by fostering inter-professional and multi-sectoral dialogue and collaboration in the advancement of professional practices, services, education and research. As a UP alumni organization, the UPINHF Inc. aims to advance the interest of UP alumni by providing opportunities to build bonds of camaraderie and unity and for its members to develop professionally. As a healthcare organization, it seeks to foster multi-sectoral exchanges among healthcare professionals and maintain the highest standards in healthcare practice. And as a charitable organization, the UPINHF, Inc. aims to develop and establish health and nursing missions, including immediate responses to epidemics or medical crises in the US and elsewhere, among others.

The UPINHF Committee on Awards, Citations, and Scholarships will also present the International Nurse Award during the event. UP College of Nursing Dean Sheila Bonito is this year’s award recipient.

The 2020 UPINHF, Inc. Summer Webinar has been designated to receive a maximum of 1.5 Contact Hours. Register here: https://www.upinhf.org/summer-webinar.