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Pre-conference Live Sessions: Practice and Policy During a Global Pandemic
Tuesday, October 06, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
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COVID-19 Pre-conference Live Sessions

Three live concurrent sessions will be held on Tuesday, October 6 from 12-1pm EDT. These, along with others, will be available on-demand during the conference, under the Practice and Policy During a Global Pandemic track. View the schedule

Telehealth in the Time of COVID 19:  Policy, Process & Therapeutic Issues

During COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders, the federal and state governments acted swiftly to enable the delivery of care via telehealth. Providers and patients have had to maneuver new and ever-evolving policies and technological landscapes. The benefits, difficulties, and inequalities of delivering mental health care within these guidelines soon became apparent. This moderated panel discussion will focus on the strengths and challenges of providing mental health care through virtual platforms, with a particular focus on underserved and marginalized patient populations.

  • Moderator: Cynthia Handrup, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago (Introductions)
  • Charles Yingling, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, Associate Dean for Practice and Community Partnerships, University of Illinois at Chicago (FQHCs practice issues)
  • Mohsin Khan, MD, Pediatric Psychiatrist, Children's Health (Child practice issues)
  • Allysa Ware, MSW, Program Manager, Family Voices (Child & family issues)
  • Jill D. McLeigh, PhD, Director of Policy, Advocacy, & Research, Children's Health (Policy issues)

Responding to COVID-19 Pandemic Through an Equity Lens: Lessons Learned from HIV

Similar to HIV, the emerging COVID-19 pandemic has a disproportionate impact on historically marginalized, underserved populations, including racial and ethnic minorities and older adults; with growing evidence that (like HIV) COVID-19 exploit socio-economic disparities. A facilitated dialog, drawing from transferable ‘Lessons Learned’ from 35+ years of HIV response, will look at opportunities and obligations of the provider community to advocate for and practice a human rights-based approach to meeting the challenges of COVID-19.

  • Moderator: Evelyn P. Tomaszewski, MSW, Assistance Professor and MSW Director, George Mason University
  • Diana Rowan, PhD, MSW, LCSW, Professor & MSW Director & Academy of Veteran and Military Health, UNCC
  • Richard Burzynski, Senior Advisor, Community Support, Social Justice & Inclusion, UNAIDS

Justice Reform in the Era of COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world and the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world. The intersection of COVID-19 with the criminal justice system has presented some unique challenges for communities. In response, courts, law enforcement, and correctional facilities have taken a number of steps to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on individuals who are incarcerated. This moderated panel explores policy and practice issues associated with approaches adopted to address COVID-19, including the impact on the individuals affected and the communities in which they live.

  • Moderator: Geraldine Gorman, RN, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, UIC College of Nursing
  • Apryl Alexander, PsyD, Associate Professor, University of Denver
  • Meera Patel, M.Ed., NCC, BC-TMH, Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student at the University of Memphis
  • Hancy Maxis, MPH, Project Manager, Montefiore Health System