The COVID-19 Pandemic Digest

By Michelle Prentice, MD MSc - All Saints Family Medicine Residency PGY3

Dear Colleagues,

We have an opportunity in front of us. As the acceleration phase of the COVID-19 pandemic brings it inland, the AAFP has partnered with other national health care organizations to gain governmental buy-in to suppression and containment strategies. With elements of these strategies now in place across numerous states, there is hope that we can begin to “attack the virus” locally, slow its spread, prevent its resurgence, and ultimately save more lives. The work for family physicians on the frontlines is far from over, instead promising to become increasingly difficult in the upcoming weeks. Rest assured that we here at MassAFP are standing by your side and advocating for your needs during this COVID-19 pandemic.

We are listening. Although some of our advocacy efforts were manifest in the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed on March 27th, we recognize that family physicians still need more relief. We therefore continue to advocate heavily for better training, expansion and financial support of our health care workforce. We continue to fight for legislation enabling you to provide safe and effective care through telemedicine, including appropriate protections and compensations. We continue to aggressively push for rapid supply of testing materials and personal protective equipment (PPE). We continue to support the safeguarding of facilities in the treatment and isolation of COVID-19 patients. We continue bring clarification to guidelines on management and treatment of COVID-19 cases. Finally, we continue to refocus government on suppression and containment measures – current efforts are simply not enough.

Highlights of our advocacy efforts and the CARES Act are featured in this digest, as are updates on the COVID-19 pandemic. As we move into the next phase of this pandemic, we ask you to consider taking four minutes to complete the survey emailed to you on March 27th to direct our advocacy effort. Please also consider providing firsthand COVID-19 accounts or using the COVID-19 Speak Out tool. Alongside the Academy’s detailed analysis of the bill, your input will help ensure lawmakers understand our concerns.

We thank you for helping provide stronger medicine for America.

Michelle Prentice, MD MSc

All Saints Family Medicine Residency PGY3 

Michelle Prentice, MD MSc

All Saints Family Medicine Residency PGY3

Dr. Prentice is a 3rd year resident with the Medical College of Wisconsin - All Saints Family Medicine residency, training in their Urgent Care track.  She is also a member of the American College of Preventive Medicine, with clinical and academic training from public health and preventive medicine programs, such as the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response analyzing frontline health care facilities preparedness for the ebola outbreak, as well as investigational work the Public Health Ontario in Toronto on an active Hepatitis A outbreak. She has also worked closely with the University of Ottawa Public Health and Preventive Medicine residency on their didactic curriculum, and has been a population health researcher for Ontario's Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. 

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