Health Yeah! With Monica Robins

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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