A message from our founder, Dr. Olajide Williams

Dear Hip Hop Public Health Family,

I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy.

I’m sending you this message from my home in New York City where I’m currently self-isolating due to an illness. The good news is, I am getting better, just like the 80% of people who contract coronavirus and recover. Although I cannot be with my amazing colleagues on the frontlines at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center right now, I am still continuing the fight with our wonderful team at Hip Hop Public Health.

Even with current social distancing recommendations, keeping active remains important for our overall health and immune systems. Moreover, as schools transition to distance learning, we know that many parents, children and educators need our support now more than ever. Over 35,000 of you have visited our website in the past few weeks alone and I want each and every one of you to know that we are here for you.

The response to our latest H.Y.P.E. at Home video collection of 2-minute hip-hop dance breaks has been remarkable so far. We are thankful to media outlets and partner organizations such as the Online Physical Education Network, NYCDOE Office of School Wellness Programs, Active Schools and Chan Zuckerberg Education Initiative for helping to amplify the reach of our nutrition, mental health and physical activity resources to families and educators around the country. Know that we are working on creating even more resources and I look forward to sharing them with you shortly.

I also want to extend my deepest gratitude to the healthcare workers, cleaners, drivers, grocery store workers, first responders and many others who are working hard to keep us safe and healthy. Lastly, I don’t think this can be said enough so I would like to leave you with three pieces of advice:

1. Stay home unless you absolutely have to go out. If you are out, practice social distancing and keep at least 6 feet away from others

2. Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds to reduce the chance of getting coronavirus and spreading it to other people

3. If you have symptoms such as fever or cough, stay home, self-isolate and call your doctor. Remember 80% of people get better on their own but if you get very sick and begin developing symptoms like shortness of breath you may need to be hospitalized

Thank you and God Bless you all.

Dr. Olajide Williams

P.S. We have decided to postpone our Remixing Public Health Gala to November 16, 2020 so we can wholly focus our efforts on assisting the communities we work with during these challenging times.