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Let Us Be Your Strength: AMCHP Personal Reflections During COVID 19
I have a good relationship with my mom. I look to her for advice, we laugh, and have many shared jokes, even though she sometimes drives me a little nuts. Lately, I’ve been pondering a piece of advice she’s imparted to me throughout my life, which is to “use the good stuff.” To give you some context, this advice usually pops up when we are talking about dishes and glassware, but it can apply to many other situations.
“Don’t touch your face”: one of the first guidelines shared with the public in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve seen countless memes and GIFs circulating on social media about just how often we rub our eyes, itch our nose, or bite our nails. For most, these behaviors simply are for self-grooming. However, for people like me, these body-focused repetitive behaviors can cause a great deal of distress.
Drawing on Our Strengths - MCH Best Practices Under COVID-19
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. uninsured rate was approximately 8.5 percent or about 27.5 million people. Since the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020, an estimated 12.7 million workers have lost employer-provided health insurance. Congress has passed legislation to address the health and economic impact of the pandemic. The actions at the national and state level have implications for access to coverage and access to care for women, children, and families.
Over the past three decades, maternal and child health (MCH) agencies and staff have participated in larger team efforts to prepare for and respond to a wide spectrum of emergency situations. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, is different from any emergency the MCH field has encountered in the last 50 years. What distinguishes this public health crisis from others is that it requires all local and public health departments across the country to simultaneously step up to provide risk communication to key constituency groups, conduct testing and contact tracing, and assist people in gaining access to needed medical and other support services.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is striving to provide vital support to pediatric health care professionals, patients, and families during this unprecedented public health crisis. As efforts continue to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to develop appropriate guidance and resources, the AAP provides streamlined, accurate, and up-to-date information to its members and the public.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our health care system and our national and global economy, we must stay focused on the short- and long-term effects the crisis is having on the health and well-being of young children and their families. From disruptions to child care access to economic hardships and health concerns, crises such as this one often strike our most vulnerable (and often youngest) populations the hardest.