To further educate the health care community, Bon Secours Mercy Health and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are hosting COVID-19 for the Long Haul, a continuing medical education event about how to care for patients in post-COVID recovery. The collaboration is a direct result of Healthy State Alliance, a strategic initiative between the two organizations to work together to improve community health.

The virtual event is April 10 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with Gov. Mike DeWine providing opening remarks to the more than 1,100 health care workers from 19 states registered to attend.

Physicians from both organizations will speak on topics such as COVID-19 risk factors and symptoms, the role of exercise, therapy, pain management and nutrition as well as the community health impact and community resources available to assist with recovery.
The event is open to all clinicians but is specifically designed for physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses, medical assistants and social workers.

“Through the experiences of managing the ongoing care of our patients diagnosed with COVID-19, we have gained great insights,” said Dr. Andrew Thomas, chief clinical officer for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “This event provides us the opportunity to share our knowledge with clinicians throughout the United States so they can incorporate the learnings into the care of their patients.”

During the event, there will be a moment of silence for those who have lost their lives to COVID-19. A patient will also share her experiences of living with the long-term effects from the virus.

“COVID-19 has had a tremendous effect on our communities,” said Dr. Herbert Schumm, vice president and medical director of education and physician engagement for Bon Secours Mercy Health. “Events such as COVID-19 for the Long Haul bring together health care workers to not only learn about clinical care but also learn how to best address the social and financial concerns that can follow a COVID-19 diagnosis.”
COVID-19 for the Long Haul is part of a series of continuing medical education events offered through Healthy State Alliance. The annual Healthy State Alliance Opioid Symposium will take place Oct. 16. Clinicians can register at

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