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CMU sources on COVID-19

Faculty experts can speak to media on a wide range of pandemic-related topics

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston

Everyone has questions about coronavirus and COVID-19. Central Michigan University has answers.

CMU stands ready and willing to provide valuable information to the public in this ongoing and developing crisis. Faculty members with expertise in a wide range of topics are available to discuss many aspects of the pandemic, from medical matters to personal finances.

Here's a guide for news media seeking authoritative sources. Faculty wishing to join the list may email

Members of the media wishing to schedule interviews are asked to contact University Communications. Leave a voicemail message at 989-774-2078 or email

Health and medicine

How does COVID-19 affect hospitals and preparedness? How does this pandemic compare to others in history? How are drugs and vaccines developed? What about chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine?

Graduate teaching faculty member Dr. Dan Vick in the Master of Health Administration degree program can speak on the challenges hospitals face during the pandemic and discuss the pandemic in a historical context. He also can talk about vaccine and drug development, testing and approval, and the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat those with the virus.

Biography: After medical school, Vick was commissioned a captain in the U.S. Army and completed a transitional internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, followed by a pathology residency in the military's National Capital Consortium residency program. After nine years of Army service, Vick was a partner in a private pathology practice in Syracuse, New York, before he transitioned to hospital administration.

What kinds of pressures do doctors and other health care workers face? How can they cope with the stresses and stay healthy?

Dr. Furhut Janssen can speak to the mental and physical toll of the COVID-19 crisis on emergency room doctors and other health care professionals.

Biography: Janssen is director of the psychiatry residency program at CMU's College of Medicine. She is an expert on the mental pressures endured by doctors and other medical staff. She is helping to start a national physicians help link and also helps run support groups for CMU faculty, staff and students.

How are nurses impacted? What risks do they face?

Bethany Brown, assistant director of nursing in The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, has the experience to talk about the issues facing nurses in today's environment, where nurses are being pushed to their limits in a situation that endangers their lives physically and emotionally.

Biography: Brown is certified in electronic fetal monitoring and is a women's health nurse practitioner, a certified nurse midwife and a doctor of nursing practice.

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