COVID-19 and Isolation and Depression in Elderly Communities

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HRSA ORO Region 10 is hosting the secong in a series of three webinars exploring behavioral health in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ORO Region 10 will host the second in a three-part webinar series on the impacts of COVID-19 on Isolation and Depression in Vulnerable Populations. This webinar will increase awareness of not only HRSA resources for behavioral health, but also state and local resources to present and treat isolation and depression. We will provide an overview of the system of delivery in a state or locality, and will explore isolation and depression in vulnerable populations within the context of COVID-19. Subject Matter Experts will also discuss intervention and prevention efforts that prioritize health communication strategies.

Webinar Speakers:

• Lori Gerhard, Director, Office of Interagency Innovation; Administration for Community Living

• Dr. Keren Wilson, CEO and Founder, Jesse F. Richardson Foundation

Learning Objectives

By participating in these webinars, participants will:

• Receive information on HRSA's mission, programs, and resources, nationally and in Region 10

• Explore impacts of COVID-19 on isolation and depression

• Increase awareness of treatment strategies and promising practices for addressing isolation and depression within vulnerable populations

• Share experiences and expertise regarding isolation and depression in vulnerable communities through a facilitated discussion

Target Audience: This event is best for medical providers, community health workers, academicians, behavioral health providers, law enforcement, and public health professionals.

*If you would like to request an auxiliary aid such as Sign Language Interpretive Services, please contact the HRSA Office for Civil Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion at at least 5 business days prior to the date of the event.

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Organizer HRSA ORO Region 10

Organizer of COVID-19 and Isolation and Depression in Elderly Communities

ORO's Mission

To improve health equity in underserved communities through on-the-ground outreach, education, technical assistance and partnering with local, state and federal organizations.

What We Do

ORO extends the reach of HRSA programs by leveraging knowledge of the regional landscape, proximity and networks of local contacts in states and territories.

Core Functions      

External Affairs & Outreach: ORO serves as the HRSA Ambassador and regional leader conducting outreach to expand knowledge about HRSA's programs and priorities and increase access to care.

Strategic Stakeholder Partnerships: ORO engages partners at various levels (federal, state, and local) and brokers relationships to advance Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)/HRSA priorities and provide targeted strategic action.

Regional Surveillance: ORO identifies and reports critical ground-level communications and information about regional/state trends to inform HRSA's operations, decision-making, and allocation of resources.

Regional Management: ORO provides administrative management to ensure the efficacy of HRSA's regional human capital, technology, and facilities resources.

Priority Activities

State, Local, and Tribal Engagement: ORO engages with state, local, and Tribal health leadership to increase their knowledge of and ability to leverage HRSA assets and improve population health.

Outreach and Education: ORO provides technical assistance and training to educate stakeholders, eligible applicants and targeted populations on HRSA's mission, programs and resources.

HRSA Bureau and Office Support: ORO provides assistance to grantees, represents HRSA at state/regional meetings, offers pre- and post-award support to potential and current grantees and provides information about and coordination on addressing emergent public health issues.

Special Initiatives and Partnerships: ORO develops and participates in activities to address local, state and regional needs that are in alignment with HHS and HRSA goals.

When should you contact ORO?

  • When you want to know more about HRSA programs or initiatives.
  • When you need contextual information about the regional/state landscape that may impact your stakeholders.
  • When you are looking for technical assistance, resources (including funding opportunities) or new partners.

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