The series launched on September 30, 2021 with an interactive discussion on COVID-19 and the Vaccine led by Dr. Mara Minguez. Dr. Minguez presented an overview about COVID-19 where key facts about COVID-19, vaccine information and eligibility, and COVID-19 variants were discussed.
On October 7 and November 9, Aiyana Rivera-Rodriguez, MD and Sebastian Cisneros, MD, both Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Irving Medical Center, spoke to families about mental health. In their presentation, titled “Mental Health and Back to School Readiness during COVID-19,” Dr. Rivera-Rodriguez and Dr. Cisneros spoke about grief, bereavement, and trauma due to COVID-19 and discussed tips and techniques to help families deal with COVID-19 trauma.
The October 21 and November 16 sessions were dedicated to the topic of Nutrition. The sessions were led by Ileana Vargas, MD, Pediatric Endocrinologist, NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and Kyle Murray, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, Community Nutrition Specialist, NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Mr. Murray and Dr. Vargas spoke to families, students, and staff about nutrition and presented a didactic overview about the importance of reading nutrition labels and incorporating healthy eating into everyday lives. Dr. Vargas and Mr. Murray also spoke about the challenges and impact that COVID-19 has brought to our eating patterns.