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COVID-19 CHHS Webinar Series

COVID-19 CHHS Webinar Series

Join College faculty and invited guests from Mason and other leading institutions to examine COVID-19 and its impact. This is an on-going Webinar Series moderated by Dean Germaine Louis and additional events will be added to the calendar.

Forthcoming Webinars

Pregnancy, Delivery and Newborn Care in the Era of COVID
Date: November 11, 2020
Time: 12 pm - 1 pm
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Since the start of the pandemic, knowledge has evolved about the implications of COVID-19 on the health of mothers and infants, however many questions still remain. Dr. Katherine Campbell and Dr. Rosemary Higgins will share findings on possible short and long-term implications for obstetrics and maternal health. Current guidance for pregnant women and their infants will be covered in this session. 


Katherine H. Campbell MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Yale Maternal Fetal Medicine
Medical Director, Yale-New Haven Hospital Labor & Birth and Maternal Special Care Units
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Yale School of Medicine

Rosemary D. Higgins, MD
Associate Dean for Research
Interim Chair, Rehabilitation Sciences
Professor, Department of Global and Community Health
College of Health and Human Services                                   
George Mason University                      

COVID Stress Syndrome: Managing in the Midst of a Global Pandemic
Friday, December 11
12-1 pm

Michael Repie, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Clinical Services
Dominion Hospital

Melanie Yousefi, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Assistant Professor 
PMHNP Program Coordinator
College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University

Zixuang Wang, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Privia Medical Group

Experts share their observations regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across multiple domains and discuss the emergence of “COVID Stress Syndrome” and its implications. The panel of mental health experts will explore the role that grief and loss plays in our current crisis and share effective ways to cope with change, stress, fear, and anxiety.  Participants will learn about warning signs of mental health impact and when to seek help and resources for youth, young adults, and parents.

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Previous Webinars in the Series

Forming Successful Learning Pods: Insights from Public Health and Education Technology Experts
As K-12 students head back to school in the coming weeks, many families are exploring the pros and cons of “learning pods” or “bubbles.” What should families take into consideration- from a health and a learning perspective- when deciding whether to pod or not? 

COVID-19- Implications for Fetal, Neonatal, and Maternal Health

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Maternal and neonatal doctors discuss the implications of COVID-19 on the health of mothers and infants. Dr. Uma Reddy and Dr. Rosemary Higgins will discuss the possible short and long-term implications for obstetrics and maternal health. Based on limited data available from geographic locations who experienced early peaks in the disease, recommendations have been made but there is a lot to learn.  Current guidance for pregnant women and their infants will be covered in this session. 

Weighing the Decision to Safely ‘Reopen’ Northern Virginia

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In the near future state and local agencies, school systems, and universities in Northern Virginia will need to make decisions about how and when to resume “normal operations.” What factors should decision-makers take into consideration when finalizing plans to safely send people back to work, school, and play?  Is this a choice between public safety and economic recovery or is there another framework we should consider? What metrics, data, and other factors should be taken into consideration? And using these metrics, where are we now, in terms of readiness to “reboot the economy”?

Rural Populations and Infectious Disease Transmission: Implications for COVID-19

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More than 15% of the US population lives in rural areas, and rural populations experience adverse health disparities due to a variety of contributing factors, such as differential access to healthcare and geographic barriers to receiving care. The geography of rural areas and the ways that people interact also influence the spread of infectious diseases. Much of what has been observed and documented has been for hard-hit urban areas. In order to provide context for rural areas, epidemiologists and network scientists will discuss the demographic, socioeconomic, and geographic factors that characterize rural populations, what has been observed for other infectious disease transmission in rural areas, and epidemiological modeling of COVID-19 transmission and applications for rural Virginia.

Social Justice: The Shifting Landscape of Essential Work During COVID-19
June 10 12:00 -1:00 p.m. 

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The coronavirus pandemic has brought to the forefront the social justice issues that exist for workers in the U.S. In the DMV region, services deemed essential have included hospitals and healthcare facilities, public works, food handling services, social services, communications and technology, energy and automotive businesses, financial services, educational institutions, and transportation services. In industries where working from home and physical distancing are not possible, an immediate serious problem was the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and unsafe working conditions. The workers who are at highest risk in these industries often do not earn a living wage and do not have any or adequate health care or leave benefits. In an examination of the demographics of essential workers by industry, the Economic Policy Institute found that women make up the majority of essential workers in health care (76%) and government and community-based services (73%), and people of color make up the majority of essential workers in food and agriculture (50%) and in industrial, commercial, residential facilities and services (53%). 

Experts from four distinct community-based service industries - child care providers, mental health services, assisted living facilities, and domestic and intimate partner abuse services - will provide their perspectives about essential work and how their workforce has and will continue to be affected as states open up without a vaccine.

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