Weitzman ECHO COVID-19

Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 combines specific didactic, case-based learning and COVID-19 experiences and expertise in primary care to front line Safety Net healthcare providers across the country during this pandemic.

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Click on the topics below to learn more about past COVID-19 ECHO sessions and view the slides and recordings. 

Evolving Care Team Models, Strategies to Assess Provider Satisfaction, and Addressing Burnout

Session Date: April 21, 2021

Slides | Recording 

This presentation was part of a series on provider burnout. To view parts I & II, visit www.chcworkforce.org  

Panelists included:

  • Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAAN, Chief Nursing Officer, CHC, Inc.
  • Kasey Harding MPH, Director for Center for Key Populations, CHC, Inc.
  • Gary Wallace Director of Community Engagement and Relations, CHC, Inc.
  • Marie Yardis, Director of Access to Care, CHC, Inc.
  • Stephen Scholand, MD, Infectious Disease Physician, Midstate Medical Center

This webinar resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

Additional Resource on Crisis, Stabilization & Safety: 

Thank you to Somatic Experiencing International (SEI) for sharing this resource.

This tool contains a series of 5 exercises that one can use anytime, anywhere, that take less than 3 minutes. The exercises are designed to reduce stress, down-regulate the nervous system (engage the parasympathetic system) and help during times of crisis.

 SCOPE Safety Aid | SCOPE Safety Presentation 

To learn more, contact: Amie Leigh: [email protected]  or Michele Solloway at SUNY: [email protected] 

Who Wants To Be A Vaccinator: Volunteers, Students, and Other Professionals

Session Date: April 7, 2021

Slides | Recording 

Panelists included:

  • Margaret Flinter, PHD, APRN; Senior VP and Clinical Director, Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Amy Taylor; Vice President, Western Region, Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Physician, Midstate Medical Center

This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

Staff Roles, Responsibilities, and Training Throughout the Vaccination Cycle

Session Date: March 31, 2021

Slides | Recording 

Panelists included: 

  • Kate Gager, Patient Experience Supervisor; Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Mette Smith, MS, LSSBB, CPHQ; Vice President, Practice Administration, Community Health Center, Inc
  • Amanda Schiessl, MPP; Project Director/Co-Principal Investigator. Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute

  • Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Physician, Midstate Medical Center

This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

A Multi-Pronged Approach: Drive Through Clinics, On-site Clinics, and Community Outreach Clinics to Vulnerable Populations

Session Date: March 24, 2021

Slides | Recording

Panelists included: 

  • Vickie Knapp, MBA; Chief Operating Officer, Mat-Su Health Services, Inc.
  • Mette Smith, MS, LSSBB, CPHQ; Vice President, Practice Administration, Community Health Center, Inc
  • Amanda Schiessl, MPP; Project Director/Co-Principal Investigator. Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute

  • Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Physician, Midstate Medical Center

This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

Essential Policies, Procedures, and Roles in Managing, Protecting, and Administering Your Vaccine Supply

Session Date: March 17, 2021

Slides | Recording 

Panelists included: 

  • Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C; Chief Nursing Officer, Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Natalie Bycenski, RN, MSN; Nurse Manager, Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Physician, Midstate Medical Center

 This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

Population Management Approach to Reaching Key Populations

Session Date: March 10, 2021

Slides | Recording

Panelists included: 

  • Tierney Giannotti, MPA, Senior Program Manager, Population Health; Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Yvette Highsmith-Francis, MM, Vice President, Eastern Region, Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Physician, Midstate Medical Center

 This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy: Media, Web Page, Person to Person, and Target Populations

Session Date: March 3, 2021

Slides | Recording

Panelists included: 

  • Margaret Davis, MSW; Director of Knowledge Management and Learning, National Association of Community Health Centers
  • Karoline Oliveira, EdD; Chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Erica AddisonDigital Marketing Director, Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Physician, Midstate Medical Center

Below are the links referenced by Margaret:

To visit the Clearninghouse: https://www.healthcenterinfo.org/piority-topics/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-distribution

For the Communications toolkit: https://www.nachc.org/coronavirus/covid-vaccine-communications-toolkit/ 

 This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

Covid-19 Impact and Response on Health Professions Training

Session Date: February 17 , 2021

Video | Slides 

Panelists included: 

  • Jaclyn Cunningham – Inter-Professional Student Coordinator, Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Patricia Johnson, EdD, RDH – Professor of Dental Hygiene and Dental Hygiene Program Coordinator, Tunxis Community College
  • Nicole Seagriff, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC – Clinical Program Director, Postgraduate Nurse Practitioner Residency Program, Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Meg LaPointe, MSN, APRN, FNP-C – NP Resident, Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Physician, Midstate Medical Center

This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

Team-Based Approaches to Meeting Patient Population Needs

Session Date: February 3 , 2021

Video | Slides 

Panelists included: 

Courtney Riggle-van Schagen, LCSW; Director of Behavioral Health, Neighborhood Health

Vija Sehgal, MD, MPH, PhD; Chief Quality Officer and Director of Pediatric Services, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center 

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Physician, Midstate Medical Center

This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

Conversations on COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

Session Date: January 20 , 2021

Video | Slides 

**The slides include an index of answers from clinical questions posted in the chat

Panelists included: 

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Physician, Midstate Medical Center

Mike Renaud; Vice President of Quality and Patient Engagement, Presbyterian Medical Services

Kenneth Tai, MD; Chief Health Officer, North East Medical Services

Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C;  Chief Nursing Officer, CHC Inc.

COVID-19 "Long Haulers"

Session Date: January 6 , 2021

Video | Slides 

Panelists included: 

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Physician, Midstate Medical Center

Emma Kaplan-Lewis, MD; Clinical Quality Director HIV Services, NYC Health + Hospitals

Dr. Durrance, MD; Pulmonologist, NYC Health + Hospitals

To view the infographics in the presentation, visit: https://www.bmj.com/infographics 

To view the specific Long Hauler infographic, visit: https://www.bmj.com/content/370/bmj.m3026/infographic 

Below are some answers to questions posed during the session (posted 1/11/21, information may have been updated since posting): 

If COVID antibodies are present, at what level does it reduce risk of reinfection among long haulers and their capacity to transmit to others? Should they receive the vaccine if it is over 6-8 months after they recovered from acute and subacute phases?

This is currently being evaluated and is not entirely known.  antibody profiles don’t seem to be different in long haulers compared to other people who have recovered from COVID.  There is one hypothesis that autoantibodies in the aftermath of severe covid may be leading to the long hauler symptoms (https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.12.10.20247205v3), and a preprint study showed increased autoantibody reactivity among people recovering from COVID, however in my personal opinion this may just reflect the significant endothelial activation and dysfunction in severe COVID which would make the chance of having autoantibodies in the convalescent period more likely (similar to how HIV is associated with autoantibodies- both related to immune dysfunction as well as endothelial dysfunction). We do know that having antibodies after COVID greatly reduces the risk of reinfection (https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2034545) and a study of healthcare workers showed those who were antibody negative for anti spike IGG had PCR + test rate of 1.09/10,000 days at risk compared to 0.13/10,000 for those who were antibody positive.  Because antibodies tend to last approximately 3 months ( if not longer) I believe it makes sense to vaccinate long haulers the same as any other individual at approximately 3 mo from the incident infection. If it is less than 3 months and there is concern for lost to follow up I would recommend vaccinating the patient as long as it has been at least 3 weeks from the most acute symptoms to avoid missing the opportunity.

 

Given the findings of susceptibility to microvascular blood vessel damage in the brains of COVID-19 patients, do we anticipate significantly increased rates of neurocognitive disorders in “recovered” and long-haul patients?

It is hard to say what the long term impact will be neurologically, however it should definitely be on our radar to detect neurocognitive dysfunction- particularly for individuals who had severe covid and especially if they had acute and/or persistent neurocognitive symptoms. We also don’t know what is unique to covid’s impact on cerebral microvasculature in comparison to other viral systemic infections- HIV for example and Varicella both impact microvasculature (and microvasculature) in different ways as well.

​Given what we know so far, and in the context of a severe and inflammatory critical illness, it is something that we must keep in the front of our mind during visits. Evidence to this point is observational and retrospective. However, failing to adequately address issues of PTSD, Depression, Anxiety will undoubtedly increase the odds of developing long-term sequelae. While it appears to be intuitive at this time to suspect an increase in neurocognitive dysfunction, the magnitude of what that will be is yet to be determined.

 

Given these enormous periods of supine positioning and sedentism – are you recommending any preventive in bed strength training( isometrics) and baseline osteoporosis and muscle mass measurements- given expected osteopenia and sarcopenia?

Proning has been used in the hospital setting (either awake or when intubated with a proning team) to help with lung recruitment in severely hypoxic patients.  I don’t have any data specifically on this but to me it makes a lot of sense to ambulate early and involve PT and OT early on in the process while patients are hospitalized as well as post discharge including utilizing telehealth with PT/OT.  In terms of osteoporosis and sarcopenia I can’t answer in terms of COVID but for my personal practice I would follow routine guidelines for osteoporosis screening unless the patient had been hospitalized/bed ridden for > 1 month and then would see if insurance would cover a baseline DEXA.

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy

Session Date: December 16 , 2020

Video | Slides

View the discussion about why populations have historically been reluctant towards vaccines, what common misconceptions exist regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, and how to address the vaccine with your patients.  

Panelists included: 

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Physician, Midstate Medical Center

Marwan Haddad, MD, MPH, AAHIVS; Medical Director, Center for Key Populations, Community Health Center, Inc. 

Kasey Harding, MPH; Director, Center for Key Populations, Community Health Center, Inc. 

Additional resource: Presentation on COVID-19 Vaccine Answers To Your Questions 

Caring For Agricultural Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Session Date: December 2 , 2020

Video | Slides

Panelists included:

Jeannie McIntosh, MSN, APRN, FNP-C; CHC, Inc. Center for Key Populations

Joelle Isidor, MD, CRVFHP Outreach Worker; CHC, Inc. Center for Key Populations

Kasey Harding, MPH; CHC, Inc. Director of the Center for Key Populations

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant, MidState Medical Center

Community Outreach to Individuals Experiencing Homelessness During COVID-19

Session Date: November 18 , 2020

Video | Slides

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and their key partners shared how they have been identifying and assisting individuals experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. State partners have supported individuals with clinical and mental health care, as well as essential social determinant of health services.

Below is the link to the article on the hotels referenced by our panelists.   

https://djph.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/25_Landgraf_Homeless.pdf

 

Mind-Body Practices for Healing Stress and Trauma

Session Date: November 4, 2020

Video | Slides

Our faculty panel included:

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant, MidState Medical Center
Beth Robins Roth, APRN, SEP; Owner and Mindfulness Meditation Instructor and Somatic Experiencing Trauma Healing Practitioner,  Hummingbird Trauma Resolution

Thank you to our panel who participated in the activities: 

Jane Hylan, Director of School-Based Services, CHCI
Stephanie Ivers-Heine, Communications Manager, CHCI
Anna Rogers, Weitzman Education Program Specialist, Weitzman Institute
Jocelyn Zapata, Patient Services Associate, CHCI
Leticia Orozco, Weitzman Education Program Specialist – Residency Program, Weitzman Institute
Amy Taylor, Vice President, Western Region, CHCI

 

Panel Discussion on the COVID Vaccine: Operational and Clinical Preparedness

Session Date: October 21, 2020

Video | Slides

Our faculty panel included:

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant, MidState Medical Center
Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C; Chief Nursing Officer, Community Health Center
Rajiv Modak, MD; Pediatrician; El Rio Health
Ocie Wilson, PharmD; Associate Pharmacy Director, El Rio Health
Sudha Nagalingam, MD; Infectious Disease Physician; El Rio Health

This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

Highlighting the Community in Community Health: Community Engagement Opportunities During COVID-19

Session Date: October 14, 2020 

Video | Slides 

Our faculty panel included:

Yvette Highsmith-Francis, MM; Vice President, Eastern Region; Community Health Center, Inc. 

Amy TaylorVice President, Western Region; Community Health Center, Inc. 

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant

This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

Data Driven Telehealth: Understanding the Impact & Measuring Satisfaction

Session Date: October 7, 2020 | 12-1PM ET / 9-10AM PT

Video | Slides 

Our faculty panel included:

Meredith Johnson, MBA, MHA; Chief of Staff, Community Health Center

Tierney Giannotti, MPA; Senior Program Manager, Population Health, Community Health Center

Doreen Colella, RN, MSN; Family Health Centers at NYU Langone

George Shahin, MD, MBA; Family Health Centers at NYU Langone

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant

This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

Preparing for the COVID-19 Vaccine

Session Date: September 30, 2020 

Video | Slides 

Our faculty panel included:

Jennie McLaurin, MD, MPH; Board-Certified Pediatrician, NACHC Consultant
Veena Channamsetty, MD, FAAFP; Chief Medical Officer, Community Health Center, Inc.
Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C; Chief Nursing Officer, Community Health Center, Inc.
Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant, MidState Medical Center
Rajiv Modak, MD; Pediatrician; El Rio Health
Ocie Wilson, PharmD; Associate Pharmacy Director, El Rio Health

National Conversation on Dental Care: Reflections & Looking Forward

Session Date: September 23, 2020

Slides | Video 

Our faculty panel included

Irene V. Hilton, DDS, MPH; Dental Consultant, National Network of Oral Health Access

Margaret Mason, DMD; Vice President of Dental Medicine, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone

Sheela Tummala, DDS, MPH; Chief Dental Officer, Community Health Center

Brianna Hillier, DMD; Director of Dental Services, Chiricahua Community Health Centers

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant

This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

Illustrations of Telehealth Innovations

Session Date: September 16, 2020

Slides | Video 

Our faculty panel included

Doug SmithExecutive Vice President; Presbyterian Medical Services

Jeffrey McInnesDirector of Billing and Patient Access; Esperanza Health Centers

Sydney KennedyAssistant Director of Telehealth; Community Health Center, Inc.

Kate Gager, Patient Experience Supervisor; Community Health Center, Inc.

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant

This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

Telehealth and Patient Engagement Strategies; The Operations Team Perspective

Session Date: September 9, 2020

Slides | Video 

Our faculty panel included

Victoria Besse, Sr. Operations Project Manager; Community Health Center, Inc.

Kate Gager, Patient Experience Supervisor; Community Health Center, Inc.

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant

This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

The Pain of COVID-19: Treatment of Chronic Pain During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Session Date: September 2, 2020

Slides | Video 

Our faculty panel included

Bennet Davis, MD; Pain Program Director, Sierra Tucson

Amy Kennedy, PharmD, BCACP; Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy; Clinical Pharmacist, El Rio Health

Kathy Davis, RN, BSN, ANP-C; Nurse Practitioner, El Rio Health Pain Program

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant

Flu Considerations During COVID-19

Session Date: August 26, 2020

Slides | Video  

Our faculty panel included

Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C; Chief Nursing Officer, Community Health Center, Inc.

Natalie Bycenski, RN, MSN; Nurse Manager, Chair of the Infection Control Committee, Community Health Center, Inc.

Lucy Golding, RN, MSN; Nurse Manager,  Chair of the Flu Subcommittee of the Infection Control Committee, Community Health Center, Inc

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant

 

Sustaining Health Professions Training Through COVID-19

Session Date: August 19, 2020

Slides|Video

Our faculty panel included

Dr. Mary Blankson, Chief Nursing Officer
Charise Corsino, Program Director, Nurse Practitioner Residency Programs
Jaclyn Cunningham, Inter-professional Student Coordinator, Human Resources
Dr. Dariush Fathi, Post Doctoral Residency Group and Telehealth Coordinator

This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

A Journey Towards Resiliency: Resources for Now, Later, & Long-Term from NYC Health + Hospitals

Session Date: August 12, 2020

Slides | Video  

Faculty presenters for this session include:
Jeremy Segall, MA, RDT, LCAT; Sr. Director, Chief Wellness Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals
Eric Wei, MD, MBA; Sr. Vice President, Chief Quality Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals

We are also grateful for our partnership with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Connecting Vulnerable Populations with Resources to Support Self-Isolation: Innovations and Lessons Learned from IsoCare

Session Date: August 5, 2020

Slides | Video  

Faculty presenters for this session include:

Panna Lossy, MD; Family Medicine Physician, Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency; Co-founder, IsoCare
Deirdre Bernard-Pearl, MD; Pediatric Medical Director, Santa Rosa Community Health Center; Co-founder, IsoCare
Daren Anderson, MD; Director of the Weitzman Institute, and moderator for the session

We are also grateful for our partnership with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Challenges in Addressing the Evolving Opioid Crisis During COVID-19

Session Date: July 29, 2020

Slides | Video  

Faculty presenters for this session include:

Marwan Haddad, MD, MPH, AAHIVS
Dan Bryant, LPC, CCTP
Traci Norman, Program Director
Briana Reaves, MAT Care Coordinator
Daren Anderson, MD; Director of the Weitzman Institute, and moderator for the session

We are also grateful for our partnership with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Presentations of COVID-19 in Specialty Care

Session Date: July 22, 2020

Slides | Video  

Our faculty panel included
Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant
Steven Fein, MD; Board-Certified Hematology Specialist
Veena Channamsetty, MD, FAAFP; Chief Medical Officer, CHC, Inc.
Daren Anderson, MD; Director of the Weitzman Institute, and moderator for the session

We are also grateful for our partnership with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Connecting Vulnerable Populations with Resources to Support Self-Isolation: Innovations and Lessons Learned from IsoCare

Session Date: August 5, 2020

SlidesVideo  

Faculty presenters for this session include:
Panna Lossy, MD; Family Medicine Physician, Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency; Co-founder, IsoCare
Deirdre Bernard-Pearl, MD;
Pediatric Medical Director, Santa Rosa Community Health Center; Co-founder, IsoCare

We are also grateful for our partnership with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

COVID-19 in Primary Care: Behavioral Health Cases and Discussions

Session Date: July 8, 2020

Slides | Video  

Faculty presenters for this session included:
Tim Kearney, PhD; Chief Behavioral Health Officer, CHC, Inc.
Jessica Welt, PsyD; CEO/Clinical Director, Child Guidance Center of Southern CT
Shari Fanelli, MS, LPC, ATR; Intake Director, Child Guidance of Southern CT

Behavioral health clinicians from Community Health Center, Inc. and the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut talked through the impact of COVID-19 on their patients. Cases were presented and guidance on how to best approach issues including grief and anxiety were shared. This session was moderated by Karen Ashley, EdD; Director of Education, Weitzman Institute at CHC, Inc. We are also grateful for our partnership with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Innovations in Contact Tracing from California: Health Coaching and Communicating Effectively About Covid-19

Session Date: July 15, 2020

Slides | Video  

Our faculty panel included
Stephen Scholand, MD – Infectious Disease Consultant 
Rachel Willard-Grace, MPH; Director, Center for Excellence in Primary Care
Solange Madriz, MA, MS; Academic Coordinator, Institute for Global Health Sciences at UCSF
Daren Anderson, MD; Director of the Weitzman Institute, and moderator for the session 

We are also grateful for our partnership with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Population Health and Quality of Care in the Era of COVID

Session Date: June 17, 2020

SlidesVideo  

Faculty presenters for this session included:
Dr. Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C; Chief Nursing Officer, CHC, Inc.
Tierney Giannotti, MPA, Senior Program Manager, Population Health, CHC, Inc.

Our faculty panel also included Steven Scholand, MD Infectious Disease Specialist who practices at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Connecticut; and session moderator was Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute at CHC, Inc. We are also grateful to partner with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Weitzman ECHO COVID-19: Clinical Updates & Addressing Frequent Questions

Session Date: June 24, 2020

SlidesVideo  

Faculty presenters for this session included:
Dr. Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C; Chief Nursing Officer, CHC, Inc.
Dr. Stephen Scholand, MD – Infectious Disease Consultant

This session was moderated by Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute at CHC, Inc. We are also grateful for our partnership with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Adapting Patient Care for Rural Populations During COVID-19

Session Date: June 3, 2020

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Faculty presenters for this session included:
Dr. Sarah Chouinard, MD; Chief Medical Officer, Community Care of West Virginia 
Dr. Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C; Chief Nursing Officer, CHC, Inc.  

Our faculty panel also included Steven Scholand, MD Infectious Disease Specialist who practices at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Connecticut; and session moderator was Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute at CHC, Inc. We are also grateful to partner with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

COVID-19 in Primary Care: Cases and Discussions from the Front Lines

Session Date: June 10, 2020

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Faculty presenters for this session included:
Ho-Choong Chang, MD, FAAP; Chief of Pediatrics, CHC, Inc.  
Marwan Haddad, MD, MPH; Medical Director, Center for Key Populations, CHC, Inc.
Dan Wilensky, MD; Medical Director, ConferMED, CHC, Inc. 

Our faculty panel also included Steven Scholand, MD Infectious Disease Specialist who practices at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Connecticut; and session moderator was Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute at CHC, Inc. We are also grateful to partner with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Treating Elderly Patients in the COVID-19 Era – Innovations from West PACE

Session Date: May 27, 2020

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Faculty presenters for this session included:
Ross Colt, MD, MBA, FAAFP; Medical Director, West PACE
Michael Kurliand, MS, BSN, RN; Director of Telehealth & Process Improvement, West Health Institute

Our faculty panel also included Steven Scholand, MD Infectious Disease Specialist who practices at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Connecticut; and session moderator was Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute at CHC, Inc. We are also grateful to partner with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Promoting Risk Reduction of COVID-19 in Your Patients

Session Date: May 20, 2020

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Faculty presenters for this session included:
Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C; Chief Nursing Officer, CHC, Inc.
Veena Channamsetty, MD, FAAFP; Chief Medical Officer, CHC, Inc.
Marwan Haddad MD, MPH, AAHIVS; Medical Director, Center for Key Populations, CHC, Inc.

Our faculty panel also included Steven Scholand, MD Infectious Disease Specialist who practices at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Connecticut; and session moderator was Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute at CHC, Inc. We are grateful to partner with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Lessons Learned and Clinical Best Practices on COVID-19

Session Date: May 13, 2020

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In this week’s Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 session, we virtually hosted two of NYC Health & Hospital Infectious disease specialists as they share their experiences battling this illness on the front lines.

  • Emma Kaplan-Lewis, Clinical Quality Director HIV Services at NYC Health + Hospitals
  • Joseph Masci, Chairman of the Department of Global Health at Elmhurst Hospital Center

Our faculty panel also included Steven Scholand, MD Infectious Disease Specialist who practices at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Connecticut; Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN Chief Nursing Officer at CHC, Inc., and session moderator was Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute at CHC, Inc. We are grateful to partner with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Designing a Framework for Reopening Your Clinic Site

Session Date: May 6, 2020

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This Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 session included discussion regarding key questions your leadership should be thinking of in designing your own framework and why (CDC, pt safety, drivers), such as:  Which types of visits will be allowed on-site; Plans for Well-child Visits/Immunization catch-up; Critical patients groups we want to prioritize for visits. Our faculty panel will include Steven Scholand, MD; Veena Channamsetty, MD, FAAFP Chief Medical Officer at CHC, Inc.; Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN Chief Nursing Officer at CHC, Inc., and was moderated by Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute at CHC, Inc. We are grateful to Project HOPE for their support in helping us educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Team-Based Care in Telehealth

Session Date: April 29, 2020

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This Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 session focused on the changes within the team-based care model and how organizations can pivot in response to the pandemic. Our faculty panel included Steven Scholand, MD; Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN Chief Nursing Officer at CHC, Inc., Tim Kearney, Ph.D. Chief Behavioral Health Officer, Sheela Tummala,DDS,MPH Chief Dental Officer and was moderated by Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute. We are grateful to Project HOPE for their support in helping us educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

COVID-19 with Special Guests Dr. Saad Omer and Dr. Kenyon

Session Date: April 22, 2020

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This Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 session featured Project HOPE’s Chief Health Officer; Dr. Tom Kenyon as we announce our new partnership. We are grateful to Project HOPE for their support in helping us educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic. This week’s session also featured special guest, Dr. Saad Omer, Director of Yale Institute for Global Health. Dr. Omer is a vaccinologist and infectious disease epidemiologist and has conducted several studies on interventions to increase immunization coverage and acceptance. Our faculty panel also included Steven Scholand, MD; Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN Chief Nursing Officer at CHC, Inc. and was moderated by Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute.

Crisis Counseling & Self-Care

Session Date: April 15, 2020 

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This Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 session featured operational, clinical and behavioral health experts sharing best practices and guidance for audiences across the country in the areas of crisis counseling and self-care information for patients and for healthcare providers. Our faculty panel included Steven Scholand, MD; Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN Chief Nursing Officer at CHC, Inc.; Dr. Jessica Welt, CEO and Clinical Director of the Child Guidance Center of CT, Tim Kearney, Ph.D. Chief Behavioral Health Officer and President of Behavioral Health at CHC, Inc.; and was moderated by Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute.

COVID-19 Cases & Questions Across the Country

Session Date: April 8, 2020

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This Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 session featured operational and clinical experts sharing best practices and guidance for audiences across the country. We recognize that many of the cases and questions we are responding to are a valuable resource for our national audience. Our faculty panel included Steven Scholand, MD; Veena Channamsetty, MD, FAAFP; Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN; Matthew Huddleston, MD; and was moderated by Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute. Content provided included a national COVID-19 healthcare update and focused mainly on answering many of COVID-19 cases and questions submitted prior to and during the session. We will continue to use this tool to share critical updates and guidance during this pandemic.

Caring for Key Populations in the Midst of COVID-19

Session Date: April 1, 2020

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Caring for our key populations is so important and now more than ever. This Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 session included expert faculty Steven Scholand, MD; Marwan Haddad, MD, MPH, AAHIVS Medical Director, The Center for Key Populations at CHC, Inc.; Kasey Harding, MPH Director of The Center for Key Populations at CHC, Inc. and Dan Bryant, LPC, CCTP Clinical Director of Substance Use Disorder Services at CHC, Inc. and was moderated by Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute. The session featured didactic and Q&A regarding key populations experiencing homelessness, those living with HIV, and those struggling with substance use disorder.

Develop & Define Your Telehealth Strategy

Session Date: March 25, 2020

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This Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 session featured health center COVID-19 best practices specifically focusing on how to develop and define telehealth strategies. Our faculty panel included Steven Scholand, MD; Veena Channamsetty, MD, FAAFP; Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN; Tim Kearney, PhD and was moderated by Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute.

Managing the Workflow Under Constant Changes

Session Date: March 18, 2020

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This Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 session included information about workflow, triage, clinical updates and content presented by our experts and partners. Clinical care providers and clinical operations leaders from FQHCs across the country shared best practices and answered live questions submitted throughout the session.

Complex Integrated Pediatrics: COVID-19

Session Date: March 11, 2020

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We held a special session of Weitzman ECHO: Complex Integrated Pediatrics focused on COVID-19. This session provided a brief overview of COVID-19, a review of best practices for talking with children about the virus, behavioral health self-care for clinicians, and more.

Weitzman ECHO Assisting Health Centers through the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 4, 2020

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On Wednesday, March 4, the Weitzman Institute led a special Project ECHO session for clinicians addressing COVID-19.