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Dr. Lauren VonHoltz, MD, MPH is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Through both her clinical and research work, she seeks to find ways to decrease poor mental health and injury related outcomes among pediatric patients. Her specific research interests lie at the intersection of health and digital and social media technologies. She seeks to find innovative ways to identify and serve at risk youth within digital networks that are an integral part of their daily lives. She also aims to use technology to bridge the divide between patients and their doctors through novel communication method.

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This session will explore how previous pandemics have historically affected marginalized communities. Furthermore, Dr. VonHoltz will discuss her recent work developing online resources that are easily distributed through graphics to alert individuals about food availability and general community resources during COVID-19.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how marginalized and vulnerable communities have been adversely affected by the COVID 19 pandemic
  • Discuss the unique ways children have been affected by measures to reduce spread of disease
  • Identify potential policy measures that can improve child outcomes in the midst of the pandemic

Discussion Outline:

  • Overview of US Marginalized and Vulnerable Populations
  • Effect of COVID-19 on Children
  • Policy
  • Beyond the Bedside - Family Connects
  • Summary
  • Questions and Discussion