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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two vaccines to protect against COVID-19, and vaccinations of the public have begun. People of color might have particular concerns about the vaccines’ safety and effectiveness. Although Black, Hispanic, Native American and other people of color are overrepresented in severe coronavirus disease, vaccine hesitancy among these groups and others can complicate the decision about whether to be vaccinated.

Reducing the stigma associated with BH conditions.

The purpose of this event is to:
1. Share updates with our partners and other community-based organizations on the progress that the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network has made since being funded in June 2020.
2. Showcase partners like you and the exemplary pandemic relief efforts your organization has led.
3. Engage with community members across the country to hear their questions, concerns and ideas for how we continue to collaborate to lead community COVID-19 pandemic recovery.

Includes information as it relates to the narrative that Black people aren’t willing to get the vaccine, but some are of the view the real issue was the lack of investment in vaccine distribution in Black communities.

Link includes, Zoom 2: Communicating & Connecting with patients and the community to increase vaccination rates May 5, Noon -130PM Additional information– GRHA is proud to partner with Morehouse School of Medicine , Georgia CEAL Should you have any questions, please contact: Charles Owens, 229-322-8290

COVID-19 Vaccines, Trials and the Path Forward in Georgia Communities Reducing Vaccine Hesitancy Link include –Zoom 1: Vaccines, Trials and Opportunities to Meet the Needs of the Community April 21, Noon -1:30PM Additional Information– GRHA is proud to partner with Morehouse School of Medicine , Georgia CEAL Should you have any questions, please contact: Charles Owens, 229-322-8290

Typically known as Palitave Care (though some organizations have renamed the care as Advanced Illness Management or Advance Chronic Illness Care) are all forms of non-hospice care for those who have advanced chronic diseases and are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital shortly after discharge. The case management, monitoring and attention to the patient’s needs/barriers and goals has shown the ability to improve quality and even quantity of life without frequent returns to in patient hospital care. Here National Center for Biotechnology Information makes a business case for utilizing this type care services post discharge for some patients with advanced illnesses.

American Diabetes Association Pre-diabetes/Diabetes Risk Calculator

Two American Heart Association Cardiovascular Disease/Heart Health Risk Assessments

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Deaths of despair, deaths due to drugs, alcohol, and suicide have been on the rise for the last decade, and in the context of COVID-19, deaths of despair can be viewed as the epidemic within the pandemic. Symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder increased considerably in the United States during April–June of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019.

A preventable surge of avoidable deaths from drugs, alcohol, and suicide is ahead of us if the country does not begin to invest in solutions that can help heal the nation’s isolation, pain, and suffering (Well Being Trust, 2020). Symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder increased considerably in the United States during April–June of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019.

To help combat this impeding crisis, all healthcare systems, at all levels, must engage in the identification and referral to treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. Below are a few recommendations to get you started:

  1. Implement universal screenings for depression and substance use using an evidenced based screening tool, such as the (PHQ9) Patient Health Questionnaire for depression, and the (AUDIT)  Alcohol Use Disorder Identification for alcohol misuse. (Add hyperlinks to Alliant BH webpage for PHQ9 and Audit.)
  2. Create a stigma free environment that promotes mental wellness.
  3. Utilize motivational interviewing skills to help patients identify reasons to change.
  4. Increase the use of  telehealth for greater accessibility to  behavioral health services.
  5. Increase your knowledge of the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and substance use.

Alliant Quality is available to provide assistance in implementing strategies to increase access to behavioral health services and in the implementation of best practices for the management of opioids and other substances.

To learn more, contact Stacy Hull, Behavioral Health Manager at stacy.hull@alliantquality.org.

The National Foundation for Infectious Disease has created a great toolkit of infographics for providers and patients around the effects of COVID, Influenza, or both of those with chronic conditions.