Long COVID is impacting millions of people in the U.S. and worldwide, and information and data about the complex associated phenomena are still emerging. Long-COVID or post-COVID conditions cover a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems that people experience following an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. The impact on disenfranchised populations including immigrants, migrants, and refugees may be heightened due to pre-existing health inequities and structural racism both of which contribute to barriers to health care access for long COVID. This webinar will focus on COVID-19's long-term impact on physical and mental health as well as the implications for workers, relationships and family life. We will also address concerns for the future of refugee, immigrant and migrant communities with long COVID and recommendations for long COVID assessments and currently available treatments.
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Director, Witness to Witness Program
Migrant Clinicians Network
Kaethe Weingarten, Ph.D. (she/her) directs the Witness to Witness (W2W) Program for MCN. The goal of W2W is to help the helpers, primarily serving health care workers, attorneys and journalists working with vulnerable populations. She received her doctorate from Harvard University in 1974. She has taught at Wellesley College (1975-1979), Harvard Medical School (1981-2017), where she was an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Boston and then Cambridge Health Alliance, and at the Family Institute of Cambridge (1982-2009). She founded and directed the Program in Families, Trauma and Resilience at the Family Institute of Cambridge. Internationally, she has taught in Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe and New Zealand, where she was a Fullbright Specialist. She has given over 300 presentations and been a keynote speaker at numerous local, national and international conferences. She serves on the editorial boards of five journals. In 2002 she was awarded the highest honor of the American Family Therapy Academy, the award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Theory and Practice. She has written about her work in six books (which she has authored or edited) and over 100 articles, chapters and essays. Her most recent book, Common Shock: Witnessing Violence Every Day- How We Are Harmed, How We Can Heal won the 2004 Nautilus Award for Social Change. Dr. Weingarten’s work focuses on the development and dissemination of a witnessing model. One prong of the work is about the effects of witnessing violence and trauma in the context of domestic, inter-ethnic, racial, political and other forms of conflict. The other prong of the witnessing work is in the context of healthcare, illness and disability. Her work on reasonable hope has been widely cited. In 2013, Dr. Weingarten and her husband moved to Berkeley, CA to be near their children and five grandchildren. There she resumed a dance and choreography practice she had let lapse for forty-five years. Since moving to Berkeley, she and her dance collaborator have been awarded five grants for their choreography with elder dancers applying a witnessing model in public spaces. In 2018 they performed at the Oakland Museum of California. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, baking and crocheting afghans.
MD, MPH, FAAFP, SFHM
Chief Medical Officer
Migrant Clinicians Network
As the Chief Medical Officer for Migrant Clinicians Network, Dr. Madaras is responsible for the oversight of MCN clinical activities. Dr. Madaras spent his early childhood in Hungary and Sweden, arriving in the USA in 1968 at the age of seven. After becoming a US Citizen at 14, he graduated in 1979 with honors from the Boston Latin School, and Dartmouth College with a degree in biochemistry in 1983. He worked on a research team that investigated proteins involved in muscular dystrophy at the Boston Biomedical Research Institute. He served three years in the Peace Corps in Congo (Zaire) as a regional fisheries coordinator, and then as a PC Country Desk Assistant for Ghana/Liberia/Sierra Leone in Washington, DC. He also worked as a pesticide review manager in the EPA in Washington, with several publications in the Federal Register removing chemicals harmful to human health. Dr. Madaras received his MD and Masters in Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1993, and worked in Gabon, West Africa as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow in pediatrics. Later he worked with the American Refugee Committee on the Congo/Rwandan border during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He also worked on the Hungarian border with former Yugoslavia in 1995. Since 1996, Dr. Madaras has worked in both inpatient and outpatient medicine in Pediatrics, Adult Medicine and Obstetrics in Chambersburg, PA at the Keystone Health Center which included treating mobile agricultural workers. He was the Assistant Medical Director at the Keystone Community Health Center from 2001 to 2005, when he joined the new hospitalist program at Chambersburg and Waynesboro Hospitals in south central Pennsylvania where he continues to work now part time. In 2016 he became a Senior Fellow of Hospital Medicine. In 2020, he became a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP). In addition, Dr. Madaras has worked with MCN's Dr. Zuroweste as a staff physician in Tuberculosis control at the Pennsylvania State Health Department since 2012, and regularly teaches American medical students on an international health rotation in Honduras. Dr. Madaras also teaches hospital medicine to Penn State nurse practitioner and physician assistant students and medical residents at Summit Health. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine as well as the Medical Director of Educational Affairs at WellSpan Summit Health Dr. Madaras is married with two grown children. He enjoys language, travel, scuba diving, and hiking. He has been a nationally ranked age-group triathlete and completed several marathons and a dozen 50-mile ultra marathons.
Hannia was born in Tecun Umán, Guatemala and moved to Siler City, North Carolina with her family in 1998. In 2014 she earned a certificate as a Certified Nursing Assistant from Central Carolina Community College. Hannia joined the Hispanic Liaison’s Board of Directors in 2016 and served as Board President for over 3 years. She now leads the Hispanic Liaison’s new office in Sanford, NC, where she works to advance the rights of Hispanics at local and state levels. She also serves as the President for the Town of Siler City’s Immigrant Community Advisory Committee. Previously, Hannia worked as a bilingual COVID-19 Case Investigator for Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative, as the general manager for MJ’s Staffing Inc, and as a site manager for Community Management Corporation.
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