We hope you were able to join us for our first virtual event in March: How COVID-19 Impacts Mental Health In Our Community. We learned from Dr. David V. Sheehan that anywhere from 40-80% of the population will get the virus – depending on our efforts now! Dr. Sheehan and panelists Baha Zeidan and Louise Wasilewski discussed what we can do now. Social distancing and converting practices to remote being the most successful. All of this has an impact which can be measured! See https://www.kinsahealth.co/ for local fever levels in your area and the UnaCast Social distancing scoreboard: https://www.unacast.com/covid19/social-distancing-scoreboard.

With the isolation and anxiety this situation brings, the conversation focused on those in vulnerable populations and how the community is working to find solutions. A few years ago, the ATL homelessness providers had to deal with treatment resistant tuberculosis. A highly infectious and serious illness and this past experience can be used to share protocols in addressing the current COVID-19 disease within the homeless population.

A large percentage of incarcerated individuals are diagnosed with mental illness, substance abuse, or both. Many states are releasing inmates that pose a low risk due to COVID-19 concerns. Through software like Acivilate, a continuity of care can be provided to ensure these individuals are more likely to stay on track and remain in good health.

Baha Zeidan discussed the shortage of access to care in the coming months and how Azalea Health is working to make access to care easier and to accelerate payments and information sharing.

Local resources include:

Metro Crisis Intervention Teams: https://gbi.georgia.gov/divisions/crisis-intervention-team

Georgia Crisis and Access Line: https://dbhdd.georgia.gov/access-services 1-800-715-4225


We hope you can join us for our April event: How COVID-19 is Impacting Digital Health. With the need for technology to drive results, we hope you will join us to learn more about current advances in this challenging environment.


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