Primary Care & Telehealth Strategies for Addressing the Secondary Health Effects of COVID-19

May 27, 2020

This webinar will focus on building understanding and identifying primary care and telehealth strategies and tools to address the secondary health effects of the COVID-19 emergency.
Widespread stress and anxiety regarding COVID-19, compounded by the economic distress due to lost wages, employment and financial assets; mass school closures; and necessary physical distancing measures can result in an increase of stress-related health conditions.
These secondary impacts of COVID-19, which will acutely affect the health and well-being of Californians in the weeks, months, and years ahead, result from:
  • Disruption of access to care, including preventive care and medications.
  • Disruption of access to resources needed for health maintenance, such as nutritious foods and safe places to exercise.
  • Overactivity of the biological stress response, resulting in neurologic, endocrine, and immunologic dysregulation, also known as the toxic stress response.
Individuals with a history of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are particularly vulnerable to these secondary health impacts of the COVID-19 emergency. Screening patients for ACEs during this time can help identify higher risk patients and guide clinical treatment plans.