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Protecting Our Communities: The Current Status of COVID-19 Vaccines and Strategies to Combat Health Misinformation

4 de febrero de 2021

   

Descripción

La pandemia del COVID-19 ha cambiado radicalmente la forma en que operamos en nuestras casas, escuelas y trabajos. El personal de educación en salud, promoción de salud y personal de alcance comunitario; así como todos los trabajadores que son considerados trabajadores esenciales, están experimentando un estrés mucho más allá de lo normal, tratando de apoyar a sus propias familias y exponiéndose a situaciones extremadamente difíciles durante estos tiempos inciertos. 
Estar bajo este estrés constante y observando o estando expuesto a situaciones traumáticas produce una angustia similar a lo que experimentados en desastres naturales como los causados por el Huracán María en el 2017 y los terremotos en el área suroeste este año en Puerto Rico. En ocasiones esta angustia proviene de las historias que las personas les cuentan o de observar directamente situaciones o interacciones agresivas o perturbadoras, o incluso de las propias historias. Hoy más que nunca los proveedores de servicios de salud y los trabajadores esenciales necesitan herramientas para continuar apoyando a la comunidad. Y dichas herramientas inician con el entendimiento de lo que sucede a nivel personal para así poder hacer frente al estrés actual.
Este seminario virtual busca proporcionar un entendimiento general del estrés empático, daño o lesiones morales, así como estrategias para enfrentarles.  En base al modelo de Kaethe Weingarten, PhD, se analizará la situación actual y el impacto que tiene en la salud emocional de las personas. Para luego describir y analizar las fuentes de resiliencia y la llamada "esperanza razonable" como una herramienta para los trabajadores esenciales en Puerto Rico.

Las vacunas COVID-19 son una herramienta fundamental para ayudar a detener la propagación de enfermedades y proteger a nuestras comunidades. El desarrollo y la distribución de vacunas están ocurriendo rápidamente y las personas que trabajan en el cuidado de la salud deben comprender la información más reciente para informar a los pacientes sobre la vacuna. Los trabajadores de la salud, incluidos los trabajadores comunitarios de la salud (TSC), también deben lidiar con el COVID-19 y la información errónea de las vacunas. Los trabajadores de la salud y otras organizaciones comunitarias son testigos de cómo la información errónea sobre salud, que se difunde en las redes sociales y otros medios, influye en la vida de sus pacientes y la seguridad de sus comunidades. Sin embargo, existen tácticas, soluciones y mensajes que pueden reducir la difusión de información errónea y ayudar a los pacientes a acceder a información precisa.

En esta sesión, brindaremos la información más reciente sobre la vacuna COVID-19, incluida la discusión sobre cómo funcionan las vacunas, cuáles están disponibles actualmente y estrategias efectivas para llegar a las comunidades vulnerables. También exploraremos la difusión de información errónea sobre COVID-19 y las vacunas. Luego, compartiremos recursos para ayudar a la comunidad a evaluar las redes sociales para saber si es probable que la información sea cierta y compartirla. También identificaremos plataformas sociales que pueden ayudar a los centros de salud, médicos y trabajadores de salud comunitarios a informar a los grupos de difícil acceso. Esta sesión se presentará en español con traducción simultánea al inglés.

 

 

Presentadores

Dr. Eva Galvez

Eva Galvez, MD

La Dra. Eva Gálvez es médica certificada por el Consejo de Medicina Familiar, hija de inmigrantes mexicanos. Se graduó como médico en la Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad de Washington. Y desde entonces ha trabajado en los Centros de Salud Financiados Federalmente. Trabaja para el Centro de Salud Virginia García Memorial en Oregón practicando medicina familiar y obstetricia. Es instructora clínica de la Escuela de Medicina de Univ. de Washington y el Centro Wright. Es parte del Consejo Asesor Científico del Proyecto para prevenir y reducir los efectos adversos en la salud de los plaguicidas en trabajadores agrícolas indígenas. Pertenece a la Academia Americana de Medicina Familiar y a la Academia de Medicina Familiar de Oregón. Y tenemos el orgullo de que sea la Directora del Consejo Directiva de MCN.

 

Deliana Garcia, MA, Director, International Projects and Emerging Issues

Deliana García, MA

Deliana García, MA, se ha desempeñado como Directora de Proyectos Internacionales, Investigación y Desarrollo para la organización Migrant Clinicians Network durante más de veinte años. Ella ha dedicado su vida profesional a las necesidades de salud y bienestar de los migrantes y otras poblaciones marginadas. Deliana ha trabajado en las áreas de salud reproductiva, prevención de asalto infantil, la violencia sexual y de pareja, el acceso a la atención primaria, la autogestión de enfermedades crónicas y control de enfermedades infecciosas y la prevención. Adicionalmente es responsable del desarrollo y la coordinación de la Red de Salud/TBNet, un sistema de transferencia de los datos de salud que permite que toda la información médica de migrantes en necesidad de la continuidad de la atención sea disponible a través de fronteras internacionales. La señora García ha servido en ocasiones como Investigadora Principal o como un miembro del equipo de investigación que ha llevado a cabo una serie de estudios. En la actualidad sus intereses de investigación incluyen la enfermedad renal crónica con causas no tradicionales y las necesidades de salud mental de las mujeres y los niños después de detención.

How to Support a Friend, Family Member or Colleague Who is Suffering in the Context of the Pandemic

DATE: June 11, 2020

        

Description

During this pandemic we are all going to know people who are in serious trouble and need help. Many people won’t recognize that they need help or will be too ashamed to ask for help.
This webinar will address how to be helpful – attuned, thoughtful, supportive – without becoming overburdened. We will learn how to avoid empathic pitfalls while offering support. We will describe how to think about resilience as a zone and how to create a resource list that fits each person’s resilience profile. Finally, we will consider how to mobilize reasonable hope and benefit from vicarious hope.

During this pandemic we are all going to know people who are in serious trouble and need help. Many people won’t recognize that they need help or will be too ashamed to ask for help.

This webinar will address how to be helpful – attuned, thoughtful, supportive – without becoming overburdened. We will learn how to avoid empathic pitfalls while offering support. We will describe how to think about resilience as a zone and how to create a resource list that fits each person’s resilience profile. Finally, we will consider how to mobilize reasonable hope and benefit from vicarious hope.

 

Presenters

Kaethe Weingarten, PhD

Kaethe (pronounced Kay-tah) Weingarten, Ph.D., directs the Witness to Witness Program (W2W), a project pairing clinicians with frontline workers in health care, journalism, law and other occupations who serve the most economically vulnerable populations among us.  W2W is sponsored by Migrant Clinicians Network and affiliated  with the American Family Therapy Academy. Dr. Weingarten founded and directed The Witnessing Project, from 2000 to 2019, a nonprofit organization that consulted to individuals, families, and communities locally, nationally, and internationally to transform passive witnessing of violence and violation into effective action. She was an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry from 1981-2017 and a faculty member of the Family Institute of Cambridge where she founded and directed the Program in Families, Trauma and Resilience.   

She has published six books and over 100 articles and essays.  Her book, Common Shock: Witnessing Violence Every Day- How We Are Harmed, How We Can Heal won the 2004 Nautilus Award for Social Change.  In 2002 she was awarded the highest honor of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), the award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Theory and Practice.

COVID-19 and the Realities for Farmworkers and the Clinicians Who Care for Them: A Learning Session

DATE: June 10, 2020

        

Description

What is being learned about COVID-19 changes daily. Yet clinicians are on the front lines caring for farmworkers and their families, translating science into policy and practice as they treat. Meanwhile, the impact of COVID-19 on farmworkers is drastic. In a growing number of cases, nearly every worker on multiple farms are testing positive. Our best strategy at this moment in time is to keep each other up to date and to learn from other clinicians. Join us for a panel discussion followed by a Q and A of migrant clinicians.

 

Presenters

Dr. Lori Talbot

Lori Talbot, MD, has been committed to providing medical care to the underserved and migrant farmworker communities for decades. Having served as medical director of a migrant health center for many years, she continues to have a weekly clinic for the local farmworkers every summer in New Jersey. She is currently helping to test workers and advise health centers and farms.

 

Dr. Seth Holmes

Seth Holmes, MD, PhD, is cultural and medical anthropologist and physician whose work focuses broadly on social hierarchies, health inequalities, and way in which such asymmetries are naturalized, normalized and resisted. He is the author of Fresh Fruit Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States. During  this COVID-19 pandemic, he has been helping to test farmworkers in Immokalee, Florida.

 

Melanie Finkenbinder, MD

Melanie Finkenbinder, MD, is a family physician who has devoted her career to the underserved. She is currently the medical director for the agricultural worker program at Keystone Health, a community health center in Pennsylvania.

 

 

Gerardo Reyes Chavez

Gerardo Reyes Chavez is a key leader of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). Gerardo is a farmworker himself and has worked in the fields since age 11, first as a peasant farmer in Zacatecas, Mexico and then in the fields of Florida picking oranges, tomatoes, blueberries, and watermelon. He has worked closely with consumer allies to organize national actions— renowned for their creativity and effectiveness — designed to bring pressure on the large retail purchasers of Florida produce to join the Fair Food Program. He speaks publicly about the Fair Food Program at events across the country, such as the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program Convening on Farm Labor Challenges and the Interfaith Council on Corporate Responsibility’s Multi-Stakeholder Roundtable on Ethical Recruitment. As part of the implementation of the Fair Food Program, Gerardo and his colleagues conduct workers’ rights education in the fields on all farms participating in the program. He also receives complaints of abuses in the fields, manages wage theft claims, and assists in the investigation of cases of modern-day slavery when they arise. Selected to participate in the Economic Opportunities Program’s I Am Not a Tractor: A Book Talk and Discussion on Worker-Driven Social Responsibility.

Is COVID-19 airborne?

DATE: May 20, 2020

     

Description

As the losses mount with the ongoing assaults of the Covid19 pandemic, people are feeling a range of emotions. Confusion, fear, anger and sadness are strong as is grief. Grief usually takes shared public forms; during the pandemic, there are constraints.
In this webinar, we present materials about grief in general and grief in the particular circumstances of the pandemic. Throughout the webinar we create ways for participants to share their experience so that the troubling isolation of this time can be softened. We need to balance despair with hope and hope is something best done with others. In this webinar, for 90 minutes, we become your community.

As the losses mount with the ongoing assaults of the Covid19 pandemic, people are feeling a range of emotions. Confusion, fear, anger and sadness are strong as is grief. Grief usually takes shared public forms; during the pandemic, there are constraints.
In this webinar, we present materials about grief in general and grief in the particular circumstances of the pandemic. Throughout the webinar we create ways for participants to share their experience so that the troubling isolation of this time can be softened. We need to balance despair with hope and hope is something best done with others. In this webinar, for 90 minutes, we become your community.

Work in the time of COVID-19: Protecting Vulnerable Workers and Their Families

DATE: March 25, 2020

 

En español

        

Description

How do we care for and protect vulnerable workers in the midst of COVID-19? It has overwhelmed the world, impacting the life of every worker and their family. While some may have stopped work or continued their work from home to lessen the spread of infection, many migrant and immigrant workers have very little choice but to keep working, increasing their vulnerability. COVID-19 has become a very real occupational health threat that impacts workers, their families and their community. Join MCN for this national webinar where we will respond to many of your questions about COVID-19 and discuss strategies and resources to help workers best protect themselves and their families.