19 minutes | Oct 20th 2020

Education isn’t the only thing disrupted when schools close

Schools and childcare centers quickly closed in reaction to COVID-19 in the spring of 2020 — and many remain closed or only provided remote services well into the fall.

While school closures appear to slow the spread of the virus, for many children the health ramifications are far broader. Children who depend on schools for meals or special needs are suddenly at a loss when schools close.

In this episode, Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interviews Health Affairs Senior Editor Jessica Bylander to discuss her EntryPoint article published in the October 2020 issue of Health Affairs. She finds that when schools close, it’s not just education that’s disrupted.

Jessica also shares details about the newly published Narrative Matters essay collection (Johns Hopkins University Press), which features essays from the leading voices in health care today, including George Washington University’s Leana Wen and The Emperor of All Maladies author Siddhartha Mukherjee. 

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