Several Gándara Center subject experts have been featured in the media in the past few months as the world—and our community—adjusts to the impact of the Coronavirus.

On April 7, Doris Harris, coordinator of Gándara Center’s NOEL program (Navigating, Outreach, Education, Linkages), was interviewed by Western Mass News in a story about volunteers bringing meals from the Springfield Public Schools to families during the school closings. Doris delivers meals to the people NOEL serves. WATCH FULL STORY

Clinical therapist Rahiza Gallardo-Vásquez, (pictured top left) was interviewed on April 7 by The Republican’s weekly Spanish-language sister newspaper El Pueblo Latino about practical advice to exercise social distancing. READ THE INTERVIEW

On April 10, Dr. Rahiza Gallardo-Vazquez was interviewed by The Republican’s weekly Spanish-language sister newspaper El Pueblo Latino on dealing emotionally with confinement and boredom during social distancing. READ THE INTERVIEW

Dr. Rahiza Gallardo-Vazquez was interviewed yet again on April 7 by The Republican’s weekly Spanish-language sister newspaper El Pueblo Latino on practical advice to exercise social distancing. READ THE INTERVIEW

On April 17, WWLP-22News spoke with our Director of Clinical Services Audra Winn about communities seeing an increase in substance abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic. WATCH FULL STORY

Our Outpatient Services Director Dr. Madeline Aviles-Hernandez (pictured top right) was on WWLP-22News InFocus on April 23 discussing the fact that Black and Hispanic populations across the country—including Massachusetts—are disproportionately contracting COVID-19 and dying from it. This trend is drawing attention to the racial and socio-economic disparities in health and health care in America. VIEW THE INTERVIEW

Gándara Center Outpatient Services Director Dr. Madeline Aviles-Hernandez was also on The Latin Media Collective on April 24 discussing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the recovery of people who are dealing with substance use. VIEW THE INTERVIEW

On April 24, WWLP-22News spoke with Sara Moriarty, director of Hampden County Tobacco Free Partnership, a program within Gándara Center, about how vaping can increase the risk of developing Coronavirus by compromising the respiratory system—and how infections from the virus could be worse for vapers. WATCH FULL STORY Sara addressed the same subject on Western Mass News the same day: WATCH FULL STORY

WWLP-22News InFocus on May 10 addressed the dangers of domestic abuse while being quarantined. On the show, Audra Winn, clinical director of Outpatient Services at Gándara Center, discussed our programs and important domestic abuse protection and prevention resources in our community. VIEW THE INTERVIEW

On March 20, our CEO Lois Nesci discussed on WWLP-22 News how best talk to children about COVID-19, a topic that’s bound to come up at the dinner table. WATCH FULL STORY

Lois was also interviewed on the same subject on Western Mass News on March 24. She emphasized being honest with children about the virus without scaring them. This includes parents monitoring what their kids watch on television and see on social media. WATCH FULL STORY

On March 20, Dr. Rahiza Gallardo-Vazquez (pictured above), a clinical therapist at the Gándara Center, spoke about concerns related to COVID-19 and mental health with the Latin Media Collective, which is based in Holyoke. WATCH FULL CONVERSATION

On March 27, Western Mass News interviewed Gándara clinician Ruth Trujillo-Acosta, who discussed ways to keep children we serve safe while at home with schools being closed until at least May 4. WATCH FULL STORY

Western Mass News also interviewed Gándara Recovery Coach Supervisor Heriberto Rodriguez (pictured above) on March 29, about recovery coaches turning to one-on-one virtual meetings with recoverees to keep their connection. WATCH FULL STORY

On April 2, in The Republican’s weekly Spanish-language sister newspaper El Pueblo Latino, clinical therapist Rahiza Gallardo-Vásquez authored a column of practical tips about considerations for our grandparents when they are caregivers to children—or if they can’t spend time with their grandkids because of necessary social distancing—during the COVID-19 outbreak. READ THE COLUMN