This essay, written by members of the Jefferson’s team, including Scholars-in-Residence Drs. Judith Lynch and Andrew Roth, is an attempt to look at COVID-19 through the lens of past experiences and make recommendations for the future. It starts with an explanation of the COVID-19 at national, state, and local levels. It follows with an in-depth look at how America has dealt with pandemics of the past and explores how Erie confronted crises in the past. The essay concludes by making the case that “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste,” as Stanford University economist Paul Romer has put it. Erie’s leadership needs to come together in an entrepreneurial spirit rather than
retreat, holding out hope that the state and federal governments will come to save us and any other metro area failing to take its destiny into its own hands.
With the current crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a lot of unanswered questions looming in the nation. “When will this end? How long will we need to self-quarantine? When this is all over, how will the pandemic change the way in which we live?” Erie, Pennsylvania is a city whose community is asking those same questions. With a town that has been through a vast amount of innovation, restructuring, and progress over the past decade, all that work could potentially be at risk if action is not taken to save the local small businesses in the area.
Find out more information about "WHY ERIE'S DOWNTOWN IS A PROXY FOR THE NATION: THE FUTURE OF MAIN STREET BUSINESSES AMIDST THE COVID-19 CRISIS." This report is co-authored by Bruce Katz, the Founding Director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University and a Partner with Accelerator for America, and Ben Speggen, Jefferson Educational Society Vice President and Erie Reader contributing editor, and has been published in conjunction with the Nowak Lab and AfA of Drexel University and the Erie Reader.
The 2017 Jefferson Civic Leadership Academy Cohort worked together to produce the #ErieOpioidProject, an awareness campaign aimed at changing the conversation about addiction from one of demonizing stigma to one of encouragement and compassion. Several people were interviewed to show that addiction affects everyone; their stories are available below.
The cohort interviewed 12 people for the #ErieOpioidProject. To watch these videos, please click the links below.
To download the 2017 JCLA cohort's informational flier on the opioid crisis, please click here.
To review the sources used by the cohort in this research, please click here.
As defined by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Naloxone is a "medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications." Narcan Nasal Spray is the first and only FDA-approved nasal form of Naloxone.
It is important to know that in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a standing order for Naloxone to combat the heroin epidemic in 2015. Giant Eagle, Wegmans, Walgreens, and other pharmacies can provide you with doses of Narcan. Narcan often costs as little as $65 for two doses. To learn how to respond to an overdose emergency by getting trained online, please click here.
155 W. 8th Street, Suite 418
Erie, PA 16501
Call: 814-451-6877 or visit: ErieCountyPA.gov.
25 West 18th Street
Erie, PA 16501
Call: 814-459-0817, or visit: EsperTreatmentCenter.com
414 W. 5th Street
Erie, PA 16507
Available 24/7Call: 814-459-4775 or visit: GaudenziaErie.org
Currently, there are 12 Med Return Unit locations in Erie County. To review their locations, please click here.
The following can be turned in for safe disposal: prescription medications and patches, prescription ointments
Please note that the following items are not accepted: needles/lancets/syringes, aerosol cans and inhalers, alcohol, peroxide, clinic or medical waste, and personal care products.
Launched in 2015, the Jefferson Civic Leadership Academy prepares Erie professionals, ages 25 to 45, for meaningful, fulfilling, and impactful engagement in their community by providing a dynamic and unique environment that fosters teamwork, growth, and learning through a transformative experience for those seeking to be change-agents for their community.
Through the Civic Leadership Academy, students examine the inner workings of local governments to emerge as civic leaders capable of effecting positive change for Erie County’s future with an understanding of Erie’s past and present. With a close look at Erie’s economic, entrepreneurial, and innovation ecosystems, the Civic Leadership Academy informs mindful leaders of Erie’s post-industrial landscape while exposing them to global ideas that can be applied to Erie County’s overall developmental health and wellbeing.
The product of the 2016 cohort of the Jefferson Civic Leadership Academy, this document contains practical tips for hands-on activities to address blight, as well as resources to engage elected officials to create a policy to mitigate and prevent blight. To download a copy of this report, please click here.
Launched in 2015 as one of the three key initiatives of the Jefferson Alliance for Community Progress, the Jefferson Civic Leadership Academy prepares Erie professionals for meaningful, fulfilling, and impactful engagement in their community. The Civic Leadership Academy provides a unique and dynamic environment fostering teamwork, growth, and learning through a transformative experience for those seeking to be change-agents for their community.
Through the Jefferson Civic Leadership Academy, citizens examine the inner workings of local government to emerge as stronger civic leaders capable of effecting positive change for Erie County's future with an understanding of Erie's past and present. With a close look at Erie's economic, entrepreneurial, and innovation ecosystems, the Civic Leadership Academy informs mindful leaders of Erie's post-industrial landscape while exposing them to global ideas that can be applied to Erie County's overall developmental health and well-being.