Building Bridges for a Healthier Community
COVID-19 has presented the world with the most challenging public health crisis of our time. In April of last year, we worked both individually and collectively to wear our masks and distance ourselves from strangers, from our friends, and from those we loved most. We refrained from traveling. We began buying groceries online. We found ways to protect and nurture our own mental health for public health’s sake.
For many, the isolation was almost unbearable. If you were one of the millions worldwide who contracted COVID, you most likely entered treatment alone. Barred from the health benefits of a warm embrace, family members were forced to communicate with you through windows, through computer screens, and through the phone. Graduations were celebrated in drive-by fashion. Weddings were canceled. Fathers weren’t permitted entry into delivery rooms. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a chasm in our nation’s social structure that we are still working to repair.
Dr. Christina Madison is one of the many members of the Roseman community working tirelessly to bridge the divide. National Public Health Week 2021 takes place today through April 11th with this year’s theme “Building Bridges to Better Health.”
A trusted health care professional with more than 13 years experience in public health and nearly 20 years as a pharmacist, Roseman University College of Pharmacy Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Dr. Christina Madison leads the vaccination efforts at Roseman University’s Henderson campus. She is the founder and CEO of The Public Health Pharmacist, PLLC, a public health consulting firm. Dr. Madison is a trusted source of public health information, often tapped to speak by KSNV-Channel 3 News (NBC), KVVU-TV-Fox-5 News (Fox), 8 News Now (CBS), KTNV-Action News 13 (ABC), Vegas PBS, and Nevada Public Radio KNPR for her knowledge and expertise in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Public health is taking care of the many vs. taking care of the one,” Dr. Madison explains.
“My mission is to spread knowledge about a pharmacist’s role in public health in order to create healthier and happier communities.”
Dr. Madison has made it her mission to prioritize safety and prevention in an effort to help everyone in our community. She believes everyone should experience quality care regardless of their access to healthcare or insurance status. She knows the impact public health messaging, policy, and legislation can have on our communities. She maintains Huntridge Family Clinic, which focuses on the LGTBQIA community and is one of the largest providers of HIV prevention and gender-affirming care services in the State of Nevada as well as Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN) where she offers immunization and communicable disease care.
Dr. Madison advocates for change in public health to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations and the underserved. Her clinical research interests include infectious communicable diseases, sexually transmitted infections, HIV treatment and prevention, vaccine-preventable diseases, immunizations, women’s health, and gender-affirming care. Connect with her online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn, and be sure to visit her website, ThePublicHealthPharmacist.com.
On April 15th, Dr. Madison and Department of Family Medicine Chair Dr. Tom Hunt will team up virtually to discuss the ways age and mindset play a part in our sexual health. In a live virtual presentation through Roseman’s Neighborhood Health Series, Dr. Madison and Dr. Hunt will talk about the aging process, what to expect, and how to remain healthy and connected to ourselves and to our partners as we move through the various stages of our lives.
Sexual Health Through the Years
April 15, 2021
5:30 to 7 p.m. (PDT)
Live on Zoom
Now more than ever before, coming together despite the distance is so important. A safe, healthy community is the top concern for public health officials, and there are so many tools at our fingertips that make connecting easier.
Visit the NPHW 2021 events page to see the full list of virtual events and discussions happening each day. American Public Health Association is hosting NPHW events entirely online this year in an effort to protect the community.