The COVID-19 Pandemic and What it Taught Us: Collective Trauma and Moving Forward

by Health Outreach Partners

In this eight-episode series, we'll hear about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our mental health and wellbeing and what we learned from this unprecedented experience of collective trauma and challenges. Listen to hear HOP's staff talk with experts from various fields of mental health, healthcare, education, and advocacy about our collective experience with the COVID-19 pandemic and what it might all mean as we process, t ...   ...  Read more

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • How Do We Heal from the Collective Trauma of COVID-19 and Move Forward

    How Do We Heal from the Collective Trauma of COVID-19 and Move Forward

    In this final episode, host Liam Spurgeon talks with Katherine Schlaefer, Vice President of Enterprise Occupational Health and Safety (EOHS) with UnitedHealth Group who spent 15 years addressing burnout and exhaustion for health care workers, to discuss supporting our health workforce, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on these efforts, and moving forward what recovery and organizational support for health centers can look like. Resources: Joy in Practice: A fact sheet from UnitedHealth Group through the Center for Clinician Advancement Joy in Practice Joy Break Podcast Series: A Podcast Series created to offer support to clinicians, and focused on purpose, meaning, uncertainty, renewal, and stress management

  • LGBTQ Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    LGBTQ Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    LGBTQ communities have historically faced distinct barriers and biases when accessing or receiving healthcare, especially during outbreaks or epidemics. Host Danielle Barnes talks with Perry Rhodes III, a lifelong LGBTQ advocate with expertise on HIV/AIDS and sexual health. Their conversation highlights the experiences of the LGBTQ community throughout the pandemic response, and how the influence of past medical crises (like the HIV/AIDS epidemic) impacted their approach and perspectives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources: Take Me Home: Offers free, at-home HIV/STD/PrEP testing services. It is fast, free and DISCREET, and available online. UCSF Alliance Health Project: Supports mental health services for LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, including online resources. They have a brick-and-mortar site that offers free HIV/STD/HCV testing services.

  • COVID-19 Pandemic and the Impact on the Mental Health of AAPI Communities

    COVID-19 Pandemic and the Impact on the Mental Health of AAPI Communities

    Racism, violence and discriminatory practices before and during the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a tremendous toll on the physical and mental health of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Host Cindy Selmi talks with Carrie Zhang and Jennifer Tarm of the Asian Mental Health Project, to discuss the need to destigmatize mental health in the AAPI community, the importance of mental health resources and spaces for the AAPI community, and how mental health resources can be made more accessible for communities of color. Resources: Asian Mental Health Project: Aims to de-stigmatize mental health within AAPI communities and provide resources through educational programming, community events, and partnerships. Asians for Mental Health: Provides a directory of AAPI therapists nationwide The Implications of COVID-19 for Mental Health and Substance Use: An issue brief from Kaiser Family Foundation on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health outcomes. Crisis Text Line Inclusive Therapists: Offers a safer, simpler way to find a culturally responsive, LGBTQ+ affirming, social justice-oriented therapist.

  • Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Youth, Education, and Mental Health

    Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Youth, Education, and Mental Health

    Keeping children and young people safe at the height of the pandemic meant closing schools, group activities, and sports. These changes often left students, their families, and their teachers disconnected from the support systems provided by schools. Host Aba Anison-Amoo talks with Ali Popovich, an educator, and Lauren Purcell, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, focused on youth and caregivers, to reflect on the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the mental health and wellbeing of youth, families and teachers. Resources: Mental Health America: A national resource center of mental health resources Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH): CDC's resources on youth mental health Digital Shareables on Child and Adolescent Health: Institute of Mental Health's resources to raise awareness about child and adolescent health. The Youth Mental Health Project - Resources for parents and caregivers so they can support their children's mental health. EMDR International Association : A nonprofit membership association of mental health professionals dedicated to EMDR. Provides information on and how EMDR can be effective resource to help people address trauma. Provides an EMDR Therapist directory. Mindfulness Apps for Teens: For teaching teens coping skills, and to help support mental health issues through mindfulness practice & support. Three Good Things Headspace Calm Insight TImer BreathingApp

  • Highlighting Outreach and Its Role During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Highlighting Outreach and Its Role During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Outreach is critical for the provision of quality healthcare for so many vulnerable communities, especially farmworkers and their families. Host Margaret Anderson talks with Mary Jo Ybarra, a licensed behavioral health specialist and outreach expert specializing in farmworker health at Quincy Community Health Center, as they discuss the pivotal role that outreach played in getting life-saving information and services to farmworkers, the impacts of the pandemic on outreach, and how outreach can support recovery efforts. Resources: Video: Voices from the Fields: Farmworker Communities Confronting COVID-19 Healthy People 2030: Data-driven national objectives to improve health and well-being over the next decade. Community Health Workers and Outreach Supporting Organizations: MHP Salud Health Outreach Partners (HOP) Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) Farmworker Justice Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (PNASH) Vision y Compromiso Conferences: Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health (WFMCH) Vision y Compromiso Promotora Annual Conference