The Thurston County Public Health Provider Summit keeps medical staff in the loop

WWith all that has been going on in recent years, it is difficult to keep up with the latest medical news or to publish reliable, scientific and scientific information and sources. Now imagine that you are a doctor, nurse, or other health care provider. Every day, the local, state, and federal level is flooded with events, numbers, statistics, test results, and updates. Thurston County Public Health and Social Services recently organized a Suppliers Summit to answer questions and address living with COVID-19.

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services recently organized a provider summit for local health workers. Photo courtesy: Thurston County Public Health and Social Services

The May 16 summit was a “way to connect Dr. Thyston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek and Public Health with local medical providers to discuss public health priorities as we move from having the COVID-19 pandemic in the foreground. Living in the background.” the Meredith Mathis Public Information Specialist.

Nearly 900 Thurston County medical providers were invited to this session, including primary care physicians, pediatricians and orthopedic specialists. “It was a special meeting of the Health Council, and the community was also able to attend,” says Mathis.

The agenda included the roles and responsibilities of our county health officer, the experience and next steps of COVID-19 in Thurston County, various questions asked by providers, and a question and answer session. The topics of the session were: vaccination plans for children, ongoing COVID-19 services, treatment options for the uninsured and uninsured, priority decisions at the regional level, conditions that can be reported and good practices for reporting emerging diseases in our region.

When the survey was conducted, the attending physicians were most concerned with some of the most common basic issues of local care. These included the health of the mother, children, and family; chronic diseases and injury prevention; access to clinical care; and control of communicable diseases. These providers themselves reported that access to clinical care was a major issue for patients and clients.

Thurston County Public Health team at a COVID vaccination site
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services teams have administered more than 82,000 COVID vaccines and distributed more than 22,000 test kits to date. Photo courtesy: Thurston County Public Health and Social Services

Mathis reported that the PHSS team has “administered 82,707 COVID vaccines (out of 533,000 administered by all providers across the county) across 580 vaccine clinics” as of May 18, 2022. 22,320 test kits were also distributed. The distribution was carried out in collaboration with 32 locations across the region to distribute rapid antigen tests and their test sites.

Although many of Washington’s previous restrictions have been alleviated, COVID-19 will remain with us for a long time to come. “As we move into a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we look forward to continuing to fulfill our responsibilities to the Thurston County community in terms of outbreaks, high-risk environments, and people at high risk for serious illness and work. to ensure that vaccines are complied with, ”says Kurt Hardin, interim director of PHSS.

Research also shows that many of us have delayed or skipped regular attention in previous blockages. “Routine vaccination rates have declined during the COVID-19 pandemic and are a constant area of ​​attention in our region,” shares Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmale. “In addition, there are other contagious diseases, including sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis and emerging diseases such as H5N1 – the bird flu – that is currently circulating in the state’s herds, and monkey fleas that are a focus area.”

Follow the latest Thurston County statistics, updates and information on the regional COVID-19 panel. Photo courtesy: Thurston County Public Health and Social Services

There are also long-standing problems that were simply not gone because the pandemic distracted us. “Opioid overdoses have increased and are an interesting area to prepare for the next emergency,” says Abdelmal. “Our focus on public health is collaborative and we hope this summit was the first of many conversations with providers, stakeholders and community members, we hope.”

Want to know more about the region’s response to coronavirus, find a test site, or view the local statistics panel? Visit the PHSS COVID-19 homepage for information, support phones, blog posts, and the latest letter from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmal to the Thurston County Health Department.

You can also follow the team’s work on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to receive coronavirus testing and updates including vaccination calendars, health reports and up-to-date information, such as the ongoing shortage of infant formula. Contact the group directly for questions or requests for support.

It can be difficult to know where to find reliable information, but events like the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Provider Summit allow health teams to stay informed and share what they have learned with county families. The more we know, the safer, healthier and happier we will all be over the summer.

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