Apr 27, 2020
COVID-19 lockdowns and the social isolation they can cause can have an outsized impact on the health of senior citizens and other vulnerable populations. Indeed, several studies associate social isolation and loneliness with increased mortality that's comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Today's show features a conversation with Jeff Barkin, MD, associate medical director; Victoria Pham, DO, medical director, Clinical Development, Strategy, and Client Experience; Monique Yohanan, MD, MPH, senior medical director, Level of Care team, and director for Content Development; and Kelly Cavin, VP of Social Determinants of Health, all with Change Healthcare.
Our expert panel discusses what providers and health plans are doing now, and what more they can do, to mitigate the health effects of social isolation and improve other social determinants of health arising from the pandemic.
Here's what they talked about: