The Impact of COVID-19 on Children and Families

January 26, 2021 | 8:00 AM MST


There are a variety of challenges facing children and families during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hear from experts working in pediatric emergency medicine, clinical psychology, and behavioral health as they address how families can work together to keep healthy routines, manage emotions & behavior and build resilience.

Prevention of COVID-19 Among the Agricultural Industry – Contact Tracing

January 27, 2021 | 11:00 AM MST


 The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and associated coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) has profoundly affected humans on a global scale in a noticeably short time. Individuals working in agriculture who, as “essential workers", are exempt from stay-home mandates, and are naturally at increased risk of negative health, economic, social, and familial consequences from the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Language and cultural differences, rural geographies, socioeconomic pressures, and immigration status are among the barriers that impede agricultural workers access to critical education and prevention technologies emerging to combat COVID-19. Additionally, the unusual persistence and multimodal transmission cycle of SARS-CoV-2 emerging from ongoing scientific study may require customization of otherwise standard prevention messaging to agricultural workers to further prevent infection and disease exacerbation.

Contact tracing is a tool that can help slow the spread of infectious diseases, such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Contact tracing helps protect you and your employees by: Letting people know they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Helping people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 get tested, self-quarantine or isolate to prevent spread of disease (CDC).

Potential Roles for Rural Ambulance Services in COVID-19 Vaccination

January 27, 2021 | 12:00 PM MST


This webinar will cover potential roles for rural ambulance services in the COVID-19 vaccination. This event is supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and coordinated by TASC, a program of the National Rural Health Resource Center. 

Following the webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Recognize emergency medical services (EMS) roles outside of the standard 911 response
  • Identify potential roles for rural ambulance agencies in COVID vaccination
  • Recall examples of how ambulance services are involved in the COVID vaccination process in various states

The intended audience for the live webinar is all Flex Programs, State Office Directors, and the eight state EMS Supplement Project staff and contractors. This webinar will be recorded. Recordings and supporting materials will be posted publicly on this website and can be shared with others that would benefit from its content. 


COVID-19 Vaccine Safety: A Fireside Chat with CMS, CDC and Representatives from the Front Line

January 27, 2021 | 2:00 PM MST

Adolescent Substance Use 101: Current Trends and the Impact of COVID-19

January 28, 2021 | 11:00 AM MST


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a major impact on the health and wellness of communities across the country, contributing to despair, loneliness and substance use in adolescents.

What does the current data reveal about this issue? How are communities tackling the problem? What kind of long-term impact will COVID-19 have on this population?

Join us for “Adolescent Substance Use 101: Current Trends and the Impact of COVID-19” on Thursday, January 28, from 1-2 p.m. ET, as we discuss psychoactive substance use among adolescents.

Led by Thomas E. Freese, PhD, co-director for both the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center, our webinar will address:
• The latest trends in psychoactive substance use among adolescents.
• Current data about which substances are being used and nationwide trends.
• Mechanisms of action and the associated impact of each major drug category.
• The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rates of use and access to treatment.

Together, we will explore the psychoactive substances most commonly used by adolescents, main mechanisms of action, reasons for use and COVID-19’s impact. Questions? Contact Rachel Shaheen ( or visit!

Strategies for Addressing the Behavioral Health Needs of Unsheltered and Vulnerable Populations during the Pandemic

January 28, 2021 | 11:00 AM MST


Even before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, only about 1 in 10 Americans with a substance use disorder (SUD) received needed treatment. Today, the need to physically distance presents new challenges for people seeking these services and the organizations providing them. This webinar discusses tips and promising strategies for addressing access to behavioral health services for the unsheltered and other vulnerable homeless populations while still maintaining safe public health practices meant to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Treating Long COVID: Clinician Experience with Post-Acute COVID-19 Care

January 28, 2021 | 12:00 PM MST


For some people, the effects of COVID-19 can last well beyond the immediate illness. Patients and clinicians across the United States are reporting long-term effects of COVID-19, commonly referred to as long COVID. Symptoms may include cognitive difficulties, fatigue, and shortness of breath. In some patients, critical illness from COVID-19 may be the cause of persistent symptoms, but many patients with long-term effects had mild or asymptomatic acute COVID-19 infection. During this COCA Call, presenters will share their firsthand experiences with treating long COVID, focusing on the pulmonary, neurologic, and psychological aspects. They will also describe their experiences with establishing clinics that provide care for patients with these long-term effects.

Telehealth & Medicaid: Patient Engagement and Education During the Public Health Emergency

January 29, 2021 | 12:00 PM MST


Telehealth visits have become a safe and reliable alternative to in-person care during the pandemic. A dramatic increase in telehealth utilization has presented Medicaid agencies with new opportunities to engage their beneficiaries and ensure that they have the necessary information and resources to access care via telehealth in a safe and convenient way. Join the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) and leading Medicaid experts on January 29, 2021 for the third webinar in our Winter webinar series, Telehealth Policy & COVID-19.

This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of the unique efforts that some Medicaid agencies have taken to engage beneficiaries regarding their telehealth policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees will hear from high-level administrators and policy staff from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

COVID-19: Urgent Federal Actions to Accelerate America's Response

Janaury 29, 2021 | 10:00 AM MST


The COVID-19 pandemic has created and exposed extraordinary challenges for America’s health care systems and public health infrastructure. In response, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Future of Health Care Initiative is releasing a new report with recommendations for immediate action to bolster the nation’s pandemic response.

Join us on Friday, January 29, as BPC’s health leaders discuss the group’s recommendations that address six key issues: COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, vaccine transparency and distribution, supply chain management, surge capacity, racial disparities, and funding for states, localities, and providers.

BPC’s Future of Health Care Initiative is co-chaired by former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist, M.D., and former Medicare and Medicaid administrators Andy Slavitt and Gail Wilensky, and includes a bipartisan group of national health experts. In Feb. 2020, the initiative released the Bipartisan Rx for America’s Health Care, offering practical solutions designed to make health care coverage more affordable without adding to growing system-wide health expenditures.

COVID-19 and the Legacy of Racism: Vaccine Hesitancy and Treatment Bias 

February 3, 2021 | 1:00 PM MST


The COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating impact on Black, Latino and other communities of color has resulted in disproportionately high rates of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Racism, both historical and current, complicates efforts to reduce these disparities by contributing to vaccine hesitancy, treatment bias, barriers to testing, and ongoing economic and social inequities.

Speakers will discuss:

  • Addressing vaccine hesitancy in Black and other communities with significant health disparities
  • How race-based treatment bias impacts care and health outcomes for Black and other patients from communities of color and how to bring about positive change
  • A health plan’s efforts to ensure access to culturally competent care, support and educate its members about COVID-19 testing, and improve access to primary care