‘Our America: Health Equity & COVID’: ABC-owned TV stations and participants collaborate for roundtable

ABC-owned television stations and the entrant have joined forces to present “Our America: Health Equity and COVID,” a series of conversations focused on health equity and supporting the mental health and well-being of our healthcare workers.

The first conversation will be based on “The First Wave,” a documentary by National Geographic Documentary Films and director Matthew Heineman, and will focus on issues facing healthcare workers since and before the pandemic began, as well as on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19. This follows the passage by Congress of the Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, which aims to improve the mental and behavioral health of health care providers and health care workers, and reminds the inequalities that invade our health systems.

The conversations are moderated by Sandra Bookman of WABC-TV/ABC7 New York’s “Here and Now” public affairs show, and Rosie Nguyen, KTRK-TV/ABC13 Houston Race and Culture reporter. The panelists are:

  • Dr. Nathalie Douge – A board-certified internal medicine doctor and one of the main subjects of the documentary “The First Wave”. A first-generation Haitian-American, born and raised in the Bronx, she is the first in her family to become a doctor and received her medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine. During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City, she served as a hospitalist and assistant professor in the department of medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, a subsidiary of Northwell Health.
  • Dr. Christine Crawford – Medical Director associated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). A Boston-based adult and child psychiatrist, Dr. Crawford is also an assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine.
  • Corey Feist is a healthcare executive with over 20 years of experience. Feist is the co-founder of the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes Foundation and most recently served as the CEO of the University of Virginia Group of Physicians, UVA Health’s group medical practice comprised of more than 1,200 physicians and providers. of advanced practice. Feist also holds an adjunct professorship at the UVA Darden School of Business where he recently taught a course called “Managing in a Pandemic: The Challenge of COVID-19.” Feist is also Chairman of the Board of the Charlottesville Free Clinic.
  • Dr Mona Masood is the founder and chief organizer of the Physician Support Line. Board-certified in general adult psychiatry, Dr. Masood is an outpatient psychiatrist in the greater Philadelphia area and a board member of the nonprofit community mental health organization Muslim Wellness Foundation, which provides mental health education services to the community.
  • Dean Michelle Williams is Dean of Faculty at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, Joint Professor at Harvard Chan School and Harvard Kennedy School. She is an internationally renowned epidemiologist and public health scientist, an award-winning educator, and a widely recognized university leader.

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