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October 6, 2020
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Pioneering $4M gift for IU McKinney School of Law focuses on LGBTQ rights and diversity

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The Washington Post

Kayleigh McEnany's bogus excuse for a lack of coronavirus transparency

HIPAA rules don't apply to employers; they apply only to information that flows through hospitals, doctors and health insurers. "Raw numbers don't trigger any privacy laws that I can think of, period," (privacy expert Kirk) Nahra said. Nicolas Terry, a health privacy expert at the Indiana University (Robert H. McKinney School of Law at IUPUI), agreed, saying neither HIPAA nor the federal Privacy Act prevents such a disclosure. "Neither should be a barrier for the White to release the number of aides," Terry said. "The only caveat I would raise is if there are a very small number of aides whose identity is known when releasing the number would be tantamount to identifying them. That doesn't seem to be the case here. So, I would suggest citing privacy concerns is likely pretextual."

Scientific American

Trump's COVID infection puts him in multiple high-risk categories

"Every country has found that older age -- particularly above age 50 -- substantially increases risk of severe disease and death (from COVID-19). And it increases with each decade, so individuals greater than 70 years are high risk," says Chandy John, an infectious disease expert and a professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He points out that most data on severe disease come from people who are symptomatic and do not have the same access to frequent testing and medical care that the president does, so it is difficult to extrapolate general data to Trump's risk. "But there is no question that the president is at higher risk for severe disease than the general population," John says.

The Conversation

Racial justice giving is booming: 4 trends

Written by Kim Williams-Pulfer, postdoctoral research appointee at the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy, and Una Osili, professor of economics and philanthropic studies and associate dean for research and international programs at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI. The tragic, high-profile killings of George Floyd and other Black Americans in 2020 have sparked a reckoning on race. As researchers of philanthropy, we're keeping an eye on how this national awakening is affecting charitable giving across the nation. We are seeing an outpouring of donations from individuals, corporations and foundations that began to grow as soon as protests and other activities in support of racial and social justice started to spread across the country.

The Conversation

Women risk losing decades of workplace progress due to COVID-19; how companies can prevent that

Written by Stephanie M.H. Moore, lecturer, Indiana University. American women have made strides in the workplace over the past half-century in terms of earnings, employment and careers -- in no small part thanks to the efforts of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The COVID-19 pandemic risks undoing many of these gains in a matter of months. Without concrete action, I believe a generation of women may never fully recover.

Indianapolis Business Journal

We need two parties with workable policy ideas

Written by Sheila Suess Kennedy, a professor of law and public policy at the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. Political science research tells us that people affiliate with a political party for one of two reasons: They agree with the party's basic approach to issues of governance, or they identify with the other people in that party. Humans are admittedly hard-wired to be tribal, to prefer those they see as their "own kind" over those who register as "other." America's history has been a struggle to develop a more capacious understanding of who qualifies as a member of the tribe we call American. 

Tribune Star

Professors: Trump's infection 'changes the narrative'

President Trump's testing positive for COVID shows "that anyone can be affected. This is the most protected man in the country," said Tom Duszynski, IUPUI director of epidemiology education for the Fairbanks School of Public Health. "Unfortunately, he was infected. I think that should be a really clear message -- this virus doesn't care who you are. If you're not going to take the simple steps of protecting yourself, then your risk increases of catching this disease." It also reinforces that the virus is still out there, he said. "In Indiana, even though we've gone to Stage 5, this is still an active pandemic," Duszynski said. "We still need to do those things that public health has been telling people to do, which is wear a mask, stay physically distant and use good hand hygiene."


More than a million calls, texts made to find Hoosiers for contact tracing

There's been more than a million calls so far this year from state contact tracers reaching out to try to stop the spread (of COVID-19). As of Tuesday, the state has hired 699 people, a number that should hit 900 by the end of October. "It's absolutely making a difference," said Thomas Duszynski, the director of epidemiology education at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. The names of people who don't respond to the initial call, text or even email are passed to local health departments that have almost 350 contact tracers statewide, with Marion County looking to hire 300 more. Local tracers will call, email and even visit a home to try to reach someone. It's all strictly confidential. Duszynski helped train those in Marion County. "I think there's a level of trust we have to build with each person that we talk to, whether it's the ill person or the people the ill person exposed," he said.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Newly unemployed face loss of health coverage at worst time

Some patient advocates say the pandemic has magnified a huge flaw in the U.S health care system -- its heavy dependence on employer-sponsored and -subsidized plans. No other industrialized country has such a system. "The pandemic has made it painfully clear to millions more working Americans what independent contractors, gig workers, and small and medium-sized business owners already know: Tying health insurance to jobs is bad policy for workers and employers both," said Fran Quigley, director of the Health and Human Rights Clinic and Indiana University McKinney School of Law. He added: "The pandemic gives the U.S. the opportunity and obligation to following the rest of the world’s example and once and for all de-link health insurance from employment."

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