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Centering the Vulnerable: A Plan for Providing Community Social Support During Social Distancing

By Leigh Graham, PhD For community members for whom social support is essential to their health and well-being, social distancing is not just isolating, but perilous to their mental health, to their community and family stability, to their survival. For people in recovery, pregnant and birthing people, older adults, people with disabilities, single parents, and… Continue reading Centering the Vulnerable: A Plan for Providing Community Social Support During Social Distancing

Living in Increments: Coping with Uncertainty in the Time of COVID-19

By Francine Maloney “I’m doing pretty well.” That’s not the response you expect to hear when our world is facing the largest medical crisis of our time. You might think the speaker is either lying or in serious denial. But surprisingly, some of us with serious and/or chronic illnesses have been answering with these words… Continue reading Living in Increments: Coping with Uncertainty in the Time of COVID-19

Tackling the COVID-19 Human Resource Emergency

INTRODUCTION The most valuable resource in combating COVID-19 are our healthcare providers. Human resource plans are urgently needed to support healthcare systems facing the expected surge in critically ill patients with the potential simultaneous shortfall of healthcare providers due to illness. Contingency plans require stewardship of both material and human resources during this healthcare emergency.… Continue reading Tackling the COVID-19 Human Resource Emergency

Bracing for the Surge

If we can expand our empathic repertoire to include those on another part of the COVID-19 journey, we may better navigate the coming days of physical distance and vulnerability, hope and horror, guilt and gratitude. By Nomi C. Levy-Carrick, MD, MPhil As we brace for what might be the most intensive weeks of the COVID-19… Continue reading Bracing for the Surge

A 20-something extrovert’s guide to social distancing

By Christian Goodwin It began as a thought experiment over dinner two weeks ago. Wouldn’t it be a chilling sci-fi story, if there was a pandemic that was deadly to older people, but ignored by young people because they thought they were immune? I shrugged it off as an apocalyptic-dread scenario. The next day I… Continue reading A 20-something extrovert’s guide to social distancing

Zero Visitation Policy: A Call for Empathy During Troubling Times 

Download as a PDF Pandemic precautions are now in place. Zero visitation policies at hospitals mean no one besides patients are allowed into the facility. Zero—no family members, no friends, no loved ones. It goes against our humanity and everything we, as health care providers, have done in the past, but it is a necessity,… Continue reading Zero Visitation Policy: A Call for Empathy During Troubling Times 

Keeping Kids Out of the Clinic Who Don’t Need to Be There

March 26, 2020 In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended on March 18, 2020: “Keep children out of the health care system if it’s not necessary. Use telemedicine and other non-direct care, when appropriate. Review infection-control measures, including asking patients with symptoms to call ahead so they can be… Continue reading Keeping Kids Out of the Clinic Who Don’t Need to Be There

The COVID Resilience Marathon

By Nomi Levy-Carrick, MD, MPhil The Boston marathon was delayed and, in its stead, we are asked to engage in a totally different test of endurance. Instead of running a distance, we are keeping our distance. Instead of counting the miles, we are counting the days. Instead of reveling in the crowds among strangers, we… Continue reading The COVID Resilience Marathon

COVID Pandemic: Conserving Personal Protective Equipment

In the past few weeks, the global pandemic attributed to COVID-19 has taken root in the United States. As our health care systems, scientists, and society mount preparedness and response efforts, one issue seems of paramount importance – how to keep patients, and those within health care settings who care for them, safe.  Personal protective… Continue reading COVID Pandemic: Conserving Personal Protective Equipment