Health Notes

April 2, 2021

Health Matters is an award-winning weekly television series broadcast on WVUA-23 that features University Medical Center physicians and providers who raise awareness of important health issues and bring relevant and timely health information to the public. Health Matters airs on WVUA-23 on Wednesdays at 5 pm and Sundays at 10 pm. Segments are also posted to the WVUA-23 and UMC websites.

March Health Matters

Health Among Minorities:
Dr. Pamela Payne-Foster is a professor of community medicine and population health at The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences, which operates University Medical Center. She studies minority health and health disparities and their impact on Alabama minority communities.

Pregnancy and COVID-19:
COVID-19 has impacted almost every aspect of our lives, and pregnancy is no exception. Expectant mothers might wonder if they should get a COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. John McDonald, an OB/GYN at University Medical Center, offers some guidance.

COVID-19 has significantly impacted the elderly – from the risk of severe illness to isolation from family and friends. But Dr. James Reeves, a psychiatrist at University Medical Center, said those over the age of 65 have also proved resilient during the pandemic.

COVID-19 Update:
We’ve all been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic since March of last year. Dr. Tom Weida, chief medical officer at University Medical Center, provides an update on where we are now in regard to COVID-19, and what we might expect in the coming months.