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Denton County racial demographics mirror the national trend — with people of color disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in both positive cases and deaths.
“In terms of COVID more specifically, it’s really just a melting pot of contributing factors when we look at who has to work outside of the home, who lives in multigenerational or multifamily homes, who has the best access to care. … It’s pretty clear the level of susceptibility,” said Texas Woman’s University professor Ratonia Runnels, who has also researched health disparities.
Brandi Felderhoff, Ph.D., LCSW, a social work professor at Texas Woman’s University, said under the veil of the pandemic, traditional processes of grieving have changed. Felderhoff, who specializes in nursing home and end-of-life settings, said a lack of connection is a significant loss.
From not being able to say a proper goodbye to being unable to congregate in groups to console each other, “everything has changed,” Felderhoff noted.
A national women’s group has recognized the founding executive director of TWU’s Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership, Maj. Gen. Mary Saunders (ret.) USAF, with the organization’s lifetime achievement award for her work in producing women leaders.
The inaugural TWU-UNT Joint Master of Social Work Hooding Ceremony took place May 9, 2019, on TWU's Denton campus.