The Humanitarian and Development Team of the Cleveland, Ohio-based United Church of Christ wants to ensure that its membership and beyond get facts and not false information about the coronavirus pandemic. So it brought in a public health professional to act as the UCC “point person” for the church’s COVID-19 response.
Barbara Baylor began work Friday, March 20, as UCC Disaster Ministries' Health Liaison. Her job: to help decipher all of the material available from a plethora of respected sources and create an online daily brief that simplifies the data and shares the latest information about the virus.
This is Baylor's second time on the UCC national staff. She previously served for 18 years as Justice and Witness Ministries' domestic policy advocate and minister for health care justice in Washington, D.C.
“I am committed to providing wellness information to the public about health and safety concerns affecting their community,” Baylor said. “It is important the public have the best research and science with which to make the best decisions for themselves, their families and their communities.”
Themes explored to date include the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people of color, on people experiencing homelessness, and on children. COVID-19 and the U.S. healthcare system, recently adopted stimulus packages, strategies for coping with stress, and the discussion around whether and when to wear a face mask also have been examined.