Mónica Feliú-Mójer, Ph.D.
Scientist | Science Communicator | Public Speaker | Diversity & Inclusion Advocate
CONNECTING SCIENTISTS WITH THE MEDIA
Since early March 2020, I have guided 60 members of the CienciaPR network in the publication of more than 90 Spanish-language articles about SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. I have also coordinated or facilitated more than 70 Spanish-language radio, TV, podcast, and press interviews with scientists and experts who are members of the CienciaPR network. You can learn more about the story behind some these efforts in this NPR interview (in English). You can read, watch or listen most of the content HERE (in Spanish).
AQUÍ NOS CUIDAMOS
Since September 2020, I have been leading the creation of “Aquí nos cuidamos” (roughly translated to: "Here, we take care of each other"), a collection of free, culturally-relevant, community-centered science and public health resources to help Puerto Ricans stay safe from COVID-19 (you can see available content for download here). “Aquí Nos Cuidamos” uses participatory science communication and inclusive community engagement practices to ensure that its content and activities are informed by and respond to the needs of marginalized communities in Puerto Rico. Ultimately, the project will serve as a new model for inclusive community-centered capacity building and science engagement.
CUÍDATE, CUÍDAME CAMPAIGN
In September 2020, the Puerto Rico Public Health Trust (PRPHT), Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR), and the humanitarian organization Mercy Corps Puerto Rico, launched the "Cuídate, Cuídame" (Take care of yourself, Take care of me) campaign to encourage young adults between 20-39 years of age (who have consistently had the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Puerto Rico) to adopt healthy behaviors to minimize their risk of infection. I am one of the organizers of the campaign. You can find and download all the campaign's content HERE.
SOCIAL MEDIA & PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
"Cuídate, Cuídame" includes social media posts for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and public service announcements.
CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN SCIENTISTS AND INFLUENCERS
"Cuídate, Cuídame" features a series of virtual Spanish-language "Conversations about COVID-19", which brings together renowned media and sports personalities and social media influencers, with science and public health experts to discuss various COVID-19 topics and practical ways to coexist safely with the coronavirus. You can watch all videos in this series HERE.
Conceptos básicos sobre la vacuna de COVID-19 (Basic concepts about the COVID-19 vaccine) (December 17, 2020)
COVID-19 y socializar en grupo (Gathering with friends during the pandemic) (October 26, 2020)
La comunicación de COVID-19 en los medios (COVID-19 in the media) (October 13, 2020)
Sobre la infodemia y la comunicación científica (On science communication and the 'infodemic') (June 26, 2021) La Consulta Médica
Inicia segunda campaña de Ciencia Puerto Rico a favor de la vacunación (Ciencia Puerto Rico launches second campaign to promotion COVID-19 vaccination) (April 26, 2021) Noticias Telemundo
Organización empodera a comunidades marginadas con campañas educativas durante la pandemia (Organization empowers marginalized communities with educational campaigns during the pandemic) (Feburary 15, 2021) Noticias Telemundo
WRITTEN INTERVIEWS, QUOTED OR MENTIONED
We are already barreling towards the next pandemic
(September 29, 2021) I was quoted in this article by Ed Yong, speaking about the value of local community knowledge and solidarity to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Conoce a CienciaPR: Empoderando las comunidades a través de la educación sobre el covid-19 (Meet CienciaPR: empowering communities through covid-19 educations) (September 12, 2021) Noticel
For the most part, Puerto Ricans didn’t politicize the COVID vaccine. Here’s the result. Mayoría de puertorriqueños no politizó la vacunación contra el COVID. Este es el resultado. (September 3, 2021) Miami Herald y El Nuevo Herald
Una hora con Edmy (An hour with Edmy) (September 2, 2021) WISA 1390 AM
Jóvenes, ¿resistentes a la vacunación? (Are young people vaccine hesitant?) (July-September 2021 issue) Buena Vida
These videos could boost COVID vaccination rates (June 22, 2021) Scientific American
Cases plunge in Puerto Rico, prompting a gradual rollback of restrictions (May 8, 2021) The New York Times
Aquí Nos Cuidamos: A COVID-19 toolkit for Puerto Rican communities (May 1, 2021) Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally (ESAL)
¿Con la vacuna contra el covid-19 te inyectan un poco del coronavirus vivo para que desarrolles anticuerpos? (With the covid-19 vaccine, do they inject you with some of the live coronavirus to make you develop antibodies?) (April 26, 2021) Univisión
Puerto Rico Just Had Its ‘Worst Moment’ for Covid-19 (Puerto Rico acaba de experimentar su ‘peor momento’ con la COVID-19) (April 23, 2021) The New York Times
Taking Care of Each Other, With Science and Solidarity (April 19, 2021) Simons Foundation
RADIO & PODCAST
La desinformación antivacunas: el nuevo reto de la pandemia (Vaccine misinformation: The new challenge of the pandemic)
El Hilo Podcast
(October 15, 2021) I was one of three experts interviewed for this episode focused on vaccine misinformation in Latin America: why it's happening, who is spreading and what we can do about it. In particular, I provided recommendations for what people can do to combat this misinformation and for discussing the subject with our friends and family.
Puerto Ricans are at risk from the coronavirus and a lack of information (April 7, 2020) NPR's Short Wave
FACEBOOK LIVE, YOUTUBE & OTHER DIGITAL PLATFORMS
Temporada de Huracanes 2021 y la vacunación para COVID-19 (2021 hurricane season and COVID-19 vaccination) (August 3, 2021) Ada Monzón
Los medios y la comunicación efectiva de riesgos en salud pública (Effective risk communication in public health and the media) (December 10, 2020) Ponce Health Sciences University
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