Virtual Discussion

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Health Equity in the Age of Covid: Lessons from the Pandemic

Recorded on August 6, 2020 - Video will be available soon

Racism is the root cause of health disparities and the reason that minorities and the poor are disproportionately suffering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this interactive webinar dedicated to the memory of George Floyd we will explore how COVID-19 is affecting the care of minority women and their infants and discuss steps that perinatal and newborn care teams can take to achieve health equity for the mothers, infants, and families we serve by using VON Potentially Better Practices for Follow Through.

In preparation to attend, please review VON Potentially Better Practices for Follow Through.

Featured Case Studies

We will explore the roots of  inequity and discuss practical examples of how teams from three communities have applied potentially better practices for follow through in the face of the new challenges presented by Covid-19.  Featured communities include:
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Navajo Nation
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Potentially Better Practices for Follow Through

69 Ideas for Change

VON Potentially Better Practices for Follow Through will provide a foundation for the virtual discussion during the Health Equity in the Age of Covid webinar. Please review the change ideas before the webinar to fully participate in the discussion.

We refer to improvement ideas as Potentially Better Practices rather than “better” or “best” practices to indicate that no practice is better or best until adapted, tested and shown to work in the local context.

See all Potential Better Practices in Our Responsibility to Follow Through for NICU Infants and their Families (Pediatrics, June 2020).

View the Potentially Better Practices for Follow Through

Faculty

Wanda Barfield, MD, MPH, FAAP
Director, Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Andrew Beck, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Marissa Begay
Research Program Assistant, Family Spirit Program, Center for American Indian Health, Johns Hopkins University

Vangie Castillo-Tully
Senior Community Health Worker, Navajo Department of Health

Erika Edwards, PhD, MPH
Director of Data Science, Vermont Oxford Network

Danielle Ehret, MD, MPH
Director of Global Health, Vermont Oxford Network

Marybeth Fry, M​Ed
NICU Family Care Coordinator, Akron Children’s Hospital

Jeffrey Horbar, MD
President, CEO, and Chief Scientific Officer, Vermont Oxford Network

Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, CRNP-Neonatal, FAAN
Director, Office of Global Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing

DeWayne Pursley, MD, MPH
Neonatologist in Chief, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Roger Soll, MD
Vice President and Director of Clinical Trials and Follow-up, Vermont Oxford Network, Coordinating Editor, Cochrane Neonatal

Denise Zayack RN, BA, MPH
Senior Consultant for Quality Improvement and Education, Vermont Oxford Network

All VON COVID-19 resources are free and open to all, regardless of VON membership.

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