Experts available for stories on social injustice and protests

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As unrest over the death of George Floyd continues across America, Augusta University’s experts are available to share timely, informative interviews on issues ranging from social distancing during protests to talking to children about race. Below are a few of the news topics to consider for your upcoming coverage.

Protesting safely in a pandemic

As thousands of Americans congregate in cities across the country to protest, many are wondering if the lack of social distancing can cause a setback in the fight against COVID-19. AU Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Phillip Coule is available to answer the most asked coronavirus questions.

Viral videos take toll on mental health

Viewing the deadly encounter between George Floyd and four Minneapolis police officers could be damaging to one’s mental health, particularly within the African American community. Schedule an interview with Augusta University Chief Diversity Officer and AU Health Psychologist Dr. Tiffany Townsend for more insight on how the images can lead to trauma, anxiety and PTSD.

Talking to kids about race

Children notice skin color, and they may even have questions about it. AU Health Clinical Psychologist and Augusta University Deputy Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Lindsey West says having these conversations could be one of the first steps in raising a child who doesn’t discriminate. Schedule an interview with West to gain insight on how parents can talk to their children about race.

Teleconferencing and phone interview opportunities are available for these story ideas. Call 706-522-3023 to schedule an interview on any of these topics. Also, check out the Augusta University Expert Center to view a complete list of our experts.

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Danielle Harris is Senior Media Relations Coordinator at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-7511 or

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