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COVID-19: The Current Status and How to Help Our Communities and Children Cope


Date: December 18, 2020

Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM (EST)

Location: Online Event

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, information has continuously evolved surrounding the virus and its effects on nearly every aspect of family and public life, particularly on families trying to balance work with remote or in-person learning for their children.

In this webinar presented by ML Strategies, four experts from MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) will discuss the following:

  • Current updates surrounding the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19 and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19, and updates on COVID-19 vaccines
  • The latest research regarding COVID-19 transmission among children and how the virus disproportionately affects people by race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status
  • Best practice recommendations for teachers, families, and children of all ages to prepare for remote and in-person learning, and how to go between the two learning styles
  • How common stressors affect children, teens, and families during the pandemic and strategies on how to cope, and how parents, family members, and other caregivers can build support systems to encourage a sense of resilience in children during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
  • The special challenges faced by teens and young adults during the pandemic, including increased rates of depression, isolation, and potential risky online behaviors
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected children who are at risk of abuse or neglect, and how to provide support for at-risk families of all socioeconomic backgrounds

Policy makers, legislators, government officials, and other stakeholders will learn how COVID-19 is impacting our children based on the firsthand experience and knowledge of our medical experts in dealing with the crisis. This program seeks to provide attendees with an increased awareness of the many issues facing our children so they can be better informed when shaping public policy and addressing community concerns that have arisen during the pandemic.

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Vandana Madhavan

Vandana Madhavan MD, MPH


Clinical Director of Pediatric Infectious Disease
Alexy Arauz-Boudreau

Alexy Arauz-Boudreau, MD, MPH, FAAP


Director for Pediatric Primary Care and Population Health Management
Aude Henin

Aude Henin, PhD


Co-director of the MGH Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program and Clinical Director of the MGH Child Resiliency Program
Alice Newton

Alice Newton, MD, FAAP


Medical Director of the Child Protection Program