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Long COVID and the Road to Recovery – Virtual Symposium 2022

On June 8th, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and NYC Health + Hospitals co-hosted “Long COVID and the Road to Recovery”, a day-long virtual symposium. The symposium focused on care coordination for patients with Long COVID as they navigate medical and social support systems, centering on actionable takeaways for providers’ day-to-day practice.

This event was geared towards providers caring for people with Long COVID and community-based organizations delivering services that support people with Long COVID. Please find the agenda and speaker bios here.

Please find the recordings below. Note: Session 1: Patient Perspectives and Session 4: Practical Approaches to Caring for People with Long COVID – Breakout Sessions were not recorded.

Opening Remarks

Anne Williams-Isom, Deputy Mayor of NYC Health and Human Services
Dr. Ashwin Vasan, Commissioner of NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Dr. Mitch Katz, CEO/President of NYC Health + Hospitals

Opening Remarks Facilitator: Dr. Ted Long, SVP of Ambulatory Care and Population Health at NYC Health + Hospitals
Session Emcee: Dr. Charon Gwynn, Deputy Commissioner of Division of Epidemiology at DOHMH

Session 2: Evaluating and Caring for Patients with Long COVID

Session 2 detailed best clinical practice for Long COVID, including diagnostic criteria, patient-centered assessments, and treatment approaches.

Justin List, MD, MSc

Maura Boldrini, MD PhD
(Mental/Behavioral Health)
Emma Kaplan-Lewis, MD
(Primary Care)
Wilmer Petite, MD
Lawrence Purpura, MD
(Infectious Disease)
David Putrino, PT PhD
(Physical Therapy)
Joan Reibman, MD

Session 3: Policies to Support the Short- and Long-Term Needs of Patients with Long COVID

Session 3 began with a community care provider and a navigator from the NYC Health + Hospitals AfterCare program detailing their experiences connecting individuals with Long COVID to social supports and facilitating Long COVID support groups. Afterwards, panelists engaged in discussion around the landscape of existing policies and programs, centering which policies can and should be enhanced including ways to scale up support and navigation programs. Topics include: insurance and healthcare coverage, benefits, paid leave, social safety nets, and supportive housing.

Olusimbo Ige, MD, MPH

Gail Bower, LMSW
(Mental Health)
Emily Kaminsky
(H+H Aftercare)
Claudia Henriquez, Esq.
(Labor Policy)
Leigh Jerome, Ph.D
(Community Support)
Jonathan Jimenez
(Health Insurance)
Fabianne Laraque, MD, MPH
(Housing / Homelessness)
Rachel Potter, LMSW
(Social Work)

Closing Remarks

Dr. Michelle Morse, Chief Medical Officer of NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Deputy Commissioner for the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness