The Challenges of Long COVID

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - Noon to 1:30pm Central

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 15% of Americans have experienced Long COVID and that over 3500 Americans have died from illnesses related to Long COVID. This webinar will bring together national experts to illuminate what is known about Long COVID, understand the burden on those experiencing it, discuss how the condition is (and is not) being treated, and consider the disability and discrimination implications and the expected economic fallout of Long COVID. 

Panelists will discuss these pressing issues and respond to audience questions during this highly interactive webinar.

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Panelists are:

Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD

Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez
Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

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Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez is an accomplished academic Physiatrist and Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio. Her area of clinical expertise is the care of patients with traumatic brain injury, stroke rehabilitation, and interventional spasticity management. Most recently, she has developed a Post-COVID Recovery Clinic to help those who were diagnosed with COVID-19 and suffer from various physical, cognitive, and functional difficulties.

Barbara Kornblau, JD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Barbara Kornblau
Program Director, Occupational Therapy
Professor, Occupational Therapy
Idaho State University

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Barbara Kornblau is Director of Idaho State University’s Occupational Therapy Program and is a national disability rights advocate. She serves on the National Advisory Committee on Individuals with Disabilities and Disasters. In addition to being an occupational therapist and professor, Ms. Kornblau is an attorney, a certified case manager, a certified disability management specialist, and a person with a disability. A former Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, she worked in the U.S. Senate on health and disability issues for Senators Harkin and Rockefeller. She is a past-President of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Hannah Davis, MPS

Hannah Davis
Co-Founder, Patient-Led Research Collaborative

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Hannah Davis is a co-founder of the Patient-Led Research Collaborative (PLRC), a team of Long Covid patients with research, policy, data, design, and medical backgrounds. PLRC did the first research on Long Covid in April 2020; their second paper on characterizing Long Covid is among the most viewed medical papers in the field. More recently, they launched a publication highlighting patient-generated hypotheses, and created scorecards for researchers to improve their patient engagement. Ms. Davis has a background in data analysis and machine learning, with a focus on tools for countering bias in machine learning datasets and on generative art & music.