Webinar Series - Beyond COVID: Connecting Communities, Health, and Care


COVID-19 has forced us to face the hard truths about health care and communities: the system is not working. People are left out. 

In the throes of the crisis, we have the opportunity to reimagine what communities, health, and care can look like. Beyond COVID: Connecting Communities, Health, and Care, the series, will explore the topics of community health centers, public health, mental health, and hospitals. We'll learn how COVID broke down the silos these systems work in, what new relationships or partnerships formed as a result, and what sort of structural reforms are next. 


Moderated by Frances G. Padilla, President of Universal Health Care

Frances will be in conversation with two guests per session, to be announced as sessions approach, who are leaders in the areas of community health centers, public health, hospitals, and mental.  Guests will share not only some of the lessons learned from COVID, but also how those lessons can be applied as we move through and past this crisis.



Upcoming Session:

Mental Health

November 17, 2021 from 1pm to 2pm

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our mental health, with rates of anxiety and depression and drug overdoses occurring at rates much higher than before the pandemic.  As COVID cases decline (for now), and short-term symptoms begin to recede, the pandemic is likely to have long-lasting influence on people’s well-being.  Among those most impacted by the stress and trauma posed by COVID are children, adolescents and parents – especially women.   Communities of color, particularly Black and Latinx people, where rates of COVID deaths and cases were higher, are reporting some of the most serious impacts.

Before COVID-19 the availability of mental health care and substance use treatment for all those in need was woefully inadequate.  How has the system responded to the crisis and can it step up to address future needs?  Join Dr. Maysa Akbar, clinical psychologist and Chief Diversity Officer, American Psychological Association and Patricia Rehmer, President, Hartford HealthCare’s Behavioral Health Network in a frank and insightful conversation, moderated by Frances Padilla, President of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut.

Join us!  Register below!


To sponsor this series or a session, reach out to Heidi Green

Thank you to our series sponsors:  

ECHN, Foundation for Community Health, CHART

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Thank you to our series supporters: 

Connecticut Health Foundation and the Donaghue Foundation

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Thank you to the Connecticut Community Foundation and the Connecticut Public Health Association for sponsoring our Public Health session, to Stamford Health and Trinity New England for sponsoring our Hospital session, and to Main Street Community Foundation for sponsoring our Mental Health session. 

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In case you missed it last time....

Session on Hospitals


Session on Public Health


Session on Community Health Centers