Join us for an exciting new COVID-19 webinar series brought to you by the Emergency Preparedness Network, the Maryland-National Capital Homecare Association (MNCHA), and Learn Care Together LLC!
We want you to be prepared for this pandemic and its impact on homecare.
Share these FREE webinars with the homecare nurses, nursing assistants, caregivers, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, and staff in your agencies and networks!
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Webinar #1: PPE for Home-Based Care - It's NOT Easy!
About this Event
Join Dr. Amy Schiffman as she discusses the role of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in home-based care, addressing operational challenges unique to service delivery in the home. She will share success stories, future considerations, and the way forward with PPE for home care.
There are so many questions without clear answers and best practices aren't always clearly defined for our industry. The complexities of acquiring and utilizing personal protective equipment in the COVID pandemic have challenged health care organizations and agencies that serve home-based clients. There is a real imperative to protect staff, patients, and clients.
Join Dr. Amy on July 14 at 1pm to learn more!.
About the Speaker
Dr. Amy Schiffman is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and the CMO at JSSA where she built and oversaw the implementation of the PPE strategy for more than 300 caregiving professionals, in alignment with the CDC recommendations. She insisted on head-to-toe PPE from the start, relying on her medical training and understanding of what was needed for effective infection control
Dr. Schiffman obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a graduate degree in public health from the Bloomberg Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency also at the George Washington University School of Medicine in 2005.
After residency, she worked as an Emergency Physician for two large hospital systems in Washington DC area, where she developed an interest in geriatrics and palliative/hospice care. She subsequently left Emergency Medicine to start a Medicare home-based primary care practice for frail and homebound patients. Under her 9 years of directorship, the practice grew over 500% and performed over 60,000 house calls, becoming the largest house calls practice in the DC Metro area. Amy has served as the medical director for two hospices in the DC area and is a certified Hospice Medical Director.
In her free time, Dr. Amy enjoys biking, travelling, and spending time with her family.
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Webinar #2: COVID-19 Misinformation - What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You
Join Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick from Dr. Lisa on the Street and Ama Adepa Gryn, an experienced home care CNA, as they discuss community misinformation about COVID-19 and how what you don't know CAN hurt or even kill you. Whether you are a home health aide, CNA, nurse, therapist, or administrator, join us for this important discussion. Join us and learn what's true!
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick is an infectious disease physician, CDC-trained epidemiologist, and the CEO of Grapevine Health, a company that offers health information that communities trust.
About the Speakers
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick
Founder and CEO, Grapevine Health
Dr. Lisa is an infectious disease physician, CDC-trained epidemiologist, and the creator of Dr. Lisa on the Street where she talks to community members about common health questions and concerns, especially COVID-19. She has been hearing a lot of questions about the virus and wants to help! Dr. Lisa is the CEO & Founder of Grapevine Health where she works in communities where CNAs, CMTs, HHAs, and Caregivers live to improve health literacy. Her decision to work in the community was largely based on a personal desire to ensure her expertise and professional experiences could be used on the ground and would directly benefit underserved communities of color.
Dr. Lisa's career has spanned research, clinical medicine, global health, community health education and patient advocacy. She served as the Medical Director for the Infectious Diseases Center at United Medical Center and for Washington DC’s Medicaid program. She was also an Associate Professor of Medicine at Howard University and is a professorial lecturer for the George Washington University's School of Public Health. Dr. Lisa has served as a U.S. Diplomat and an epidemiologist for the San Francisco Department of Health Office of AIDS.
Dr. Lisa was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned a BA/MD, at a six-year accelerated program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a Masters in Public Health from the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health and Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick has authored peer-reviewed journal articles, has been featured in the Washington Post, PBS and is a guest blogger for the Huffington Post.
Ama Adepa Gryn, CNA
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
While some people choose to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA), others simply fall into it. Ms. Ama Adepa Gryn considered CNA training because of the passion and positive experiences of her aunt who has worked as a CNA for many years. Ama has now been a CNA in the home care industry for many years. She has personal experience as a CNA working in home care during the pandemic and can speak to the community misinformation about COVID-19 that she has heard in her West African community.
Ms. Gryn is also an Honors graduate of Montgomery College and an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland. In her prior role as a Senior Caregiver Specialist for Caregiver Jobs Now, she spoke with hundreds of CNA about their careers.
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Webinar #3: Understanding N95 & Other Respirator Fit Testing for Home Care
This presentation by Dr. Roy McKay will explain the different types of N95 and other respirator fit testing available for use with home care. Because not all facepieces used in home care are fit-tested, a brief description of face masks and respirators will be presented. Questions answered during this presentation include: Why conduct a fit test? What types of fit tests are available? What does a fit test look like? How long does it take? And where can I get a fit test done? Because fit testing is important, the presentation will help the viewer recognize if the fit test was properly administered.
Dr. Roy McKay has 40 years of national and international experience in respiratory protection as a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. McKay is active in all areas of respiratory protection including research, teaching, clinical practice, and consultation. Dr. McKay is the past chair of ANSI/AIHA Z88.10, the committee responsible for publishing guidelines for “Respirator Fit Test Methods” and a member of ANSI/ASSE Z88.2-2015 which published the “American National Standard Practices for Respiratory Protection. Respirator committee assignments include the American Industrial Hygiene Association's Respiratory Protection committee.
To keep current with respirator wearer issues and concerns, he personally conducts respirator fit testing and a variety of worker training programs. Other services include respirator selection and development of cartridge change schedules. He’s developed more than a dozen different continuing education courses on respiratory protection, which include fit testing, respirator selection, cartridge change out, program administration, filter penetration, protection factors, and other topics. Find out more at www.DrMcKay.com.
Webinar #4: COVID-19 & Chronic Conditions at Home: Looking Through Two Lenses
Wondering how to approach bread and butter home health care issues during and despite the pandemic? Join Dr. Cliff Mitchell, Director of the Environmental Health Bureau at the Maryland Department of Health, as he discusses the challenges of managing the everyday chronic conditions that we encounter in home health settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples include congestive heart failure, heart disease COPD, diabetes, pressure ulcers, and more!
Dr. Clifford Mitchell
Clifford S. Mitchell, MS, MD, MPH is the Director of the Environmental Health Bureau, in the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Maryland Department of Health. He is responsible for a wide array of public health projects in the Bureau, including weekly COVID-19 updates.
Dr. Mitchell joined the Maryland Health Department in 2006, after 14 years on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At the Health Department, Dr. Mitchell oversees a wide array of projects in the Bureau, including a home visiting program for children with asthma. He has served on several state and national health advisory committees and has contributed to numerous peer-reviewed publications and reports Dr. Mitchell received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, his MPH from Johns Hopkins, and his M.S. from MIT.