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Director's Message

Messages about COVID-19

Supporting Kids’ Mental Health During COVID-19

By Guest Author on

In this jointly written Director’s Message, Dr. Gordon and Dr. Rachel L. Levine, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, describe the mental health impacts of the COVID pandemic on children and what we can do to support kids during this difficult time.

Addressing the Needs of the Autism Community During COVID-19

By Joshua Gordon on

In this message for Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Gordon highlights the specific impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

One Year In: COVID-19 and Mental Health

By Joshua Gordon on

In this message, Dr. Gordon highlights what we know about Americans’ mental health after one year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Lives Lost to COVID-19

By Joshua Gordon on

In this Director’s message, Dr. Gordon shares a personal perspective on the importance of remembering the individual lives that have been lost to COVID-19.

Why Testing is the Key to Getting Back to Normal

By Guest Author on

In this message, Dr. Gordon joins with 10 other NIH Institute Directors to highlight the importance and necessity of COVID-19 testing and the ways NIH is helping establish programs that will ensure access to and acceptance of rapid and reliable testing for COVID-19.

NIH One Step Closer to Speeding Delivery of COVID-19 Testing Technologies to Those Who Need It Most Through RADx-UP

By Guest Author on

In this message, Dr. Gordon joins with 10 other NIH Institute Directors to spotlight NIH’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative — a national call for scientists and organizations to advance their innovative ideas for new COVID-19 testing approaches and strategies.

The Kindness of Strangers: Supporting Each Other During COVID-19

By Joshua Gordon on

In this Director’s message, Dr. Gordon reflects on some of the acts of kindness he has encountered and calls on others to support friends, family, and strangers alike during the pandemic.

Coping with Coronavirus: Support for the Autism Community

By Joshua Gordon on

In this autism awareness month Director’s message, Dr. Gordon addresses the challenges faced by individuals with autism and their families during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Coping With Coronavirus: Managing Stress, Fear, and Anxiety

By Joshua Gordon on

Each person responds to stress in different ways. In this Director’s message, Dr. Gordon talks about managing fear, anxiety, and stress related to the coronavirus pandemic.