Health Yeah! With Monica Robins
Health Yeah! What’s the Pandemic Fall Forecast?

Health Yeah! What’s the Pandemic Fall Forecast?

July 21, 2021

The more contagious Delta variant has become predominant but vaccination rates are declining.  Masks have been put away.  We're getting seemingly conflicting messages from the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics about whether kids should wear masks in schools.  And parents want to know when kids age two to eleven can get the COVID vaccine.  And what about flu season? In this episode,  Cleveland Clinic infectious disease specialist, Dr. Susan Rehm gives us a sense of what we can expect come fall and winter and how we should prepare.

Health Yeah! Online dating safety tips

Health Yeah! Online dating safety tips

July 12, 2021

Today’s episode focuses on the darker side of online dating.  Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Jennifer Knetig works with the Veterans Administration’s intimate partner violence assistance program.  While the program helps veterans, their partners and VA staff who are impacted by intimate partner violence, her advice is critical for anyone who uses online dating.  Also the VA IPV program helps perpetrators manage their anger and behavior. 


Provides a number of resources for veterans using 
and/or experiencing violence, including safety planning, 
case management  and psychotherapy in individual
and group settings. 

Call 216-791-3800, ext. 6868 for more information.

National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 (SAFE) 

National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673)

National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.


Health Yeah! How the pandemic changed social needs

Health Yeah! How the pandemic changed social needs

July 5, 2021

Recently I moderated a panel with Cleveland Area Healthcare leaders and Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, representing Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, to discuss constricted access to social services.
The virtual event was hosted by CareAdvisors, a healthcare technology firm.  They had recently done a survey of Greater Cleveland social workers to determine what needs had changed because of the pandemic, and more importantly, what are their clients saying are their biggest concerns.  The responses were eye opening.  
Panelists included; Terrance “Terry” Byrne, MBA, MJ, FACHE, vice president of Health Center Operations, at Neighborhood Family Practice Community Health Centers; Dr. Patricia Lyons, PhD, LISW-S, owner of Lyons Counseling and Consultation Services, president of the Columbus Association of Black Social Workers, and director of the Molina Healthcare Social Determinants of Health Innovation Center; Dr. Michelle Medina, MD, FAAP, associate chief of population health at Cleveland Clinic; Margaret Mitchell, president and cEO, YWCA Greater Cleveland; Dr. Adam T. Perzynski, PhD, associate professor of medicine and sociology, MetroHealth and Case Western Reserve University; and Lisa S. Weitzman, MSSA, LISW-S, ASW-G, C-ASWCM, WeCare manager of business development, at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging.
During the roundtable, panelists discussed lessons learned and innovative ways that their organizations have increased services and shared resources. Specifically, they tackled issues of vaccine hesitancy, food insecurity, health disparities, how to incorporate social determinants of health into their delivery systems, the shift in priorities due the COVID-19, and the impact of the digital divide for aging and other vulnerable communities.

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