Dr. Deatrick is a Professor Emerita, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She retired from the University after 28 years of service including various leadership roles in the Center for Health Equity Research. She held the Shearer Endowed Term Chair in Healthy Community Practice and is active in community based research. Dr. Deatrick also collaborates with the Survivorship and Psychosocial Oncology teams at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Deatrick studies family management of children with chronic conditions and adolescent and young adult survivors of brain tumors. She contributes to related research, research training, and research agendas in terms of parenting and caregiving within a family and community context.
Since the onset of the pandemic, politicians, Hollywood actors, and ordinary citizens alike have reminded us that “We are all in this together”. The statement is meant to calm fears and reinforce the idea that a united front is better than our individual desires—a kind of gestalt moment when we aim to see the whole and not simply the parts. Despite the strength of this statement, any observer would also have to take note that we have all been in this differently as well, not in the past two months alone but over generations.