Blog RSS https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/ en VUMC Requires COVID-19 Vaccine for Leadership Roles https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/vumc-requires-covid-19-vaccine-leadership-roles <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VUMC Requires COVID-19 Vaccine for Leadership Roles</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/20/2021 - 09:09</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/200" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VUMC Requires COVID-19 Vaccine for Leadership Roles"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="text-align:start"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000">In recent weeks, the rate of COVID-19 infection has climbed in Tennessee, with <a href="https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwpln.org%2Fpost%2Fcovid-hospitalizations-have-doubled-this-month-in-tennessee-and-97-of-new-cases-are-unvaccinated%2F&amp;data=04%7C01%7Cjamie.roberts%40vumc.org%7Caab22f785a9b448f0d3808d951cd1cdc%7Cef57503014244ed8b83c12c533d879ab%7C0%7C0%7C637630763651155896%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=lrSYCBFKeXYfWZtqpHjINgsgX5kYHRf1IChwYvKKDRU%3D&amp;reserved=0" originalsrc="https://wpln.org/post/covid-hospitalizations-have-doubled-this-month-in-tennessee-and-97-of-new-cases-are-unvaccinated/" shash="XXA1yiAa8fnWtR2Fivoz7y2B7SQf3HY7VfC5r5S+b9wceVaT7j/Kv5bqWgRxDfsbpagB2Gmeq6afaMo4QyZfQXgN6jSNu+4SoX2q1kuSqsAUtZdE50YGEWYpt/5/iZBkN3TxGRE2N/taIL2FVaSCPo0WjEWNWZx3EPQV3ECOQKY=" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline">hospitalizations doubling</a> since the Fourth of July. New COVID-19 variants, including the Delta variant, are more contagious and may cause severe illness—especially among the unvaccinated population. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000">As a result, VUMC will now require those in leadership roles to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption by September 15, 2021. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000">Vaccination against serious communicable diseases is a long-standing VUMC practice, and </span></span></span></span></span></span></span>COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for mitigating serious illness and hospitalizations due to all strains of the virus<span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000">. The highest responsibility of those in leadership roles at VUMC is to protect the safety of patients, coworkers, trainees and students. It is also important for those in leadership roles to be vaccinated to demonstrate VUMC’s overall commitment to promoting vaccination, both within VUMC and in the broader community.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000">Read the entire statement <a href="https://news.vumc.org/2021/07/19/statement-from-vumc-covid-19-vaccination-continues-to-be-the-way-forward/">here</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 20 Jul 2021 14:09:06 +0000 roberjm7 200 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com Health and Wellness Benefits Set Employers Apart in Tight Labor Market https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/health-and-wellness-benefits-set-employers-apart-tight-labor-market <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Health and Wellness Benefits Set Employers Apart in Tight Labor Market</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 07/14/2021 - 23:49</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/199" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Health and Wellness Benefits Set Employers Apart in Tight Labor Market"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The pandemic has caused an upheaval in the labor pool—with some employers scrambling to retain employees and recruit new ones. The <a href="https://www.bls.gov/news.release/jolts.nr0.htm">Bureau of Labor Statistics</a> reports that 4 million people quit their jobs in April, the highest level since these rates were first published in December 2000.</p> <p>Though there's no singular reason for the change, the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/06/17/record-workers-quit-pandemic/"><em>Washington Post</em></a> points to health and safety fears during the pandemic and epic disruptions to job and family routines, with economic instability, political and racial unrest, the lack of childcare, and longer working hours further deteriorating employee well-being. "All of it contributed to workers reevaluating, reprioritizing and reflecting on what they do, according to experts who study workplace well-being and organizational behavior," WaPo writes.</p> <p>An April Conference Board <a href="https://conference-board.org/pdfdownload.cfm?masterProductID=27396">survey</a> of human resources executives from large companies found that 49% of organizations with a mostly blue-collar work force found it hard to retain workers, up from 30% before the pandemic. The <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/05/upshot/jobs-rising-wages.html?referringSource=articleShare"><em>New York Times</em></a> reports that "up and down the wage scale, companies are becoming more willing to pay a little more, to train workers, to take chances on people without traditional qualifications, and to show greater flexibility in where and how people work."</p> <p>These labor shifts have given employees leverage in negotiating benefits that affect their quality of life. Health-related assistance, particularly mental health resources, can be a competitive differentiator in organizations’ retention and recruitment efforts. An <a href="https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/talent-acquisition/pages/turnover-tsunami-expected-once-pandemic-ends.aspx">article in SHRM</a> points to research that says "better compensation and benefits (35%) and better work/life balance (25%) are the top two reasons why employees would leave their current job."</p> <p>With that in mind, here are three ways to begin making health and wellness benefits a priority in your organization:</p> <p><strong>1. Invest in behavioral health support. </strong>Our collective mental health has suffered throughout the pandemic, with record numbers of employees becoming burned out and communicating a lack of work-life balance. Adding behavioral health benefits to employee health plans is paramount to combating common stressors, but also consider strategies such as encouraging employees to use vacation time, promoting "mental health wellness" days, and adding workday flexibility and ensuring its fair distribution.</p> <p><strong>2. Communicate the services of your employee assistance program (EAP).</strong> Whether or not you've established an official EAP, help your employees get access to mental health professionals—via telehealth or in-person visits—and provide such services for free or at a reduced cost. If you do have an EAP, communicate its services often through monthly newsletters and posted flyers, and continually reassure employees that the program is confidential.</p> <p><strong>3. Continuously monitor and survey your employees on their well-being. </strong>Ask how new ways of working, such as hybrid offices, remote work and increased use of technology are affecting your workforce's well-being. Make sure any surveys are de-identified to keep results anonymous.</p> <p>Employers that focus on the well-being of their workforce will not only increase worker engagement and productivity, but they will also build loyal, happy and healthy employees.</p> <p><em>Find more suggestions in Employer Solutions’ ebook “<a href="https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgo.vanderbilthealth.com%2FOTk1LUFNUS0zNTQAAAF-O0abjeQqEltMSJOkDBsie61XpyFYvjZ71u0uc92BOPknjb-dpkb1xQu0eXQlMhnpFAdquYk%3D&amp;data=04%7C01%7Cjamie.roberts%40vumc.org%7C9f802370cde94970d37d08d9456f9c02%7Cef57503014244ed8b83c12c533d879ab%7C0%7C0%7C637617167925439094%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=87pgFYCnO0%2BCOKn1%2Bh78VkXBCVjN%2BHoyEyt5QQHTw1A%3D&amp;reserved=0" originalsrc="https://go.vanderbilthealth.com/OTk1LUFNUS0zNTQAAAF-O0abjeQqEltMSJOkDBsie61XpyFYvjZ71u0uc92BOPknjb-dpkb1xQu0eXQlMhnpFAdquYk=" shash="yjZavkv4bqT/FexmYXmyFpEMQumSg9brAB/WIxQt5nATQQj792F+Pq8iyJ0Kfv+A+MLv7HUGMvS3vyKR7SEDsNgajBzrQrHvAGwPNiJCRlUKpsNYkvfwvp0cUdTelJU1yXh758X2bV4LwZ+X2a4ATGU6CU6v9yrwHgPk0IqCaXk=" target="_blank" title="E-Book Link">Responding With Confidence: Keeping Pace With Healthcare Benefit Strategies</a>.”</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/RespondWithConfidencePandemicEbook.png?itok=XmYP8dYF" width="576" height="431" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Employers that focus on the well-being of their workforce will not only increase worker engagement and productivity, but they will also build loyal, happy and healthy employees.</div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 15 Jul 2021 04:49:50 +0000 roberjm7 199 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com Tennessee SHRM Conference to Feature C.J. Stimson and the Latest on the MyHealth Bundles Program https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/tennessee-shrm-conference-feature-cj-stimson-and-latest-myhealth-bundles <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Tennessee SHRM Conference to Feature C.J. Stimson and the Latest on the MyHealth Bundles Program</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/06/2021 - 10:38</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/197" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Tennessee SHRM Conference to Feature C.J. Stimson and the Latest on the MyHealth Bundles Program"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>C.J. Stimson, MD, JD, VUMC's Senior Vice President of Value Transformation, will be a featured speaker at the upcoming HR Tennessee Conference and Exposition, set for Aug. 15-18 at the Music City Center in Nashville. In a session titled, "Beyond Benefits: Bundle Up Savings and Satisfaction," Dr. Stimson will spotlight the advantages of the Vanderbilt <a href="https://www.vanderbilthealth.com/program/myhealth-bundles-employers">MyHealth Bundles Program</a> for employers and employees alike, and he'll give details on upcoming new bundles.</p> <h4 class="text-align-center"><a href="https://tnshrm.org/2021_TN_SHRM_Conference___Expo">Register now</a> to attend the conference, and bookmark Dr. Stimson's presentation for <br /> Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 3:30 p.m.</h4> <p>If you’re attending the conference, be sure to swing by the exposition floor to visit <strong>Booth No. 703</strong>, where the <a href="https://www.vanderbilthealth.com/service-line/employer-solutions">Vanderbilt Health Employer Solutions</a> team will be on-site to answer your questions and share a sneak peek at exciting updates for the 2022 health plan year. You'll also have the chance to win a door prize. <strong>We have some fun events planned, so please let us know if you’ll be there by emailing <a href="mailto:employersolutions@vumc.org">employersolutions@vumc.org</a>. </strong></p> <p>The conference is hosted by Tennessee SHRM, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. In addition to sessions focused on employee benefits, the conference will cover topics such as employer law, talent acquisition and strategic business management. </p> <p>The conference will be held in person this year, but on-demand viewing will also be available. Look through the agenda at-a-glance <a href="https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Ftnshrm.starchapter.com%2Fimages%2Fdownloads%2Fagenda_at_a_glance___2020_11_06.pdf&amp;data=04%7C01%7Cjamie.roberts%40vumc.org%7C569e7c496ef14a9a363408d94091f554%7Cef57503014244ed8b83c12c533d879ab%7C0%7C0%7C637611817885083897%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=JmRPpdecFIzrFT7PYYLW05qTZFdigeGj2Nj7uhOG5JA%3D&amp;reserved=0" originalsrc="https://tnshrm.starchapter.com/images/downloads/agenda_at_a_glance___2020_11_06.pdf" shash="UnxX/m72cDgUiT1GmAQa2qZf1AIdPgeDDcux45Cip1mYfGLBQzKr2DCWtQuRnvw/BBlexZ1drTZwcGtcjy+dNpkROVkL7WRwI2c4MMfdKYg7brZiUWH6I136dg6U2GSHhgfeJ5xSwB6JfQ+8VSPgob1Zz5ITUwZQHukm5kM6agE=">here</a>, and view <a href="https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Ftnshrm.org%2Fimages%2Fdownloads%2Fprograms_announcement___2021_06_10.pdf&amp;data=04%7C01%7Cjamie.roberts%40vumc.org%7C569e7c496ef14a9a363408d94091f554%7Cef57503014244ed8b83c12c533d879ab%7C0%7C0%7C637611817885083897%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=8JRRzFdnPE9a3KkjaI0GTIsY7laxE68Hqyf73V91peQ%3D&amp;reserved=0" originalsrc="https://tnshrm.org/images/downloads/programs_announcement___2021_06_10.pdf" shash="nqK1v/14TIfbosMRaiO7Ph/Hsw5f7Zf+lGtCX495Ib7siDA7ADmHNzVE9sLYwyK2B3IHAzZl5K/w3GR4DWbf2jy92xjC5d0mR+uxfusvYHuCYYqOFHCcFqSbXDfaMPrkbAnyQzyAvnpaGGGXYaUVOIAGCp8iJFl5ytUM4171t+8=">this list</a> of the learning tracks and sessions. Registration will close on Wed., Aug. 11, and walk-ins cannot be accommodated during the conference.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 06 Jul 2021 15:38:42 +0000 roberjm7 197 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com Insight Into the Unvaccinated Population—and How to Move the Needle https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/insight-unvaccinated-population-and-how-move-needle <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Insight Into the Unvaccinated Population—and How to Move the Needle</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 06/25/2021 - 14:32</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/196" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Insight Into the Unvaccinated Population—and How to Move the Needle"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A majority of U.S. adults have received a COVID-19 vaccine as of June 25, 2021, with 53.8 having gotten at least one dose and 45.7% being fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)'s <a href="https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations">COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration data tracker</a>. </p> <p>Researchers are examining why a substantial number of the U.S. adults have not received a vaccine and do not plan to do so. The <a href="https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/poll-finding/kff-covid-19-vaccine-monitor-may-2021/">KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor</a> from the Kaiser Foundation recently released insights into the demographics of the currently unvaccinated population as well as their views of vaccines and the pandemic.</p> <p>Those who say they want to “wait and see" before getting vaccinated (12% of all adults) look very different from the most vaccine-resistant group, those who say they will “definitely not” get a COVID-19 vaccine (about 13% of U.S. adults). Of the “wait and see” unvaccinated respondents, analysis revealed:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>One third (33%) are concerned they may have to pay out-of-pocket for the vaccine. <ul type="circle"> <li>4 in 10 of the “wait and see” population make less than $40k.</li> </ul> </li> <li>A little more than one third (37%) are concerned they won’t be able to get the vaccine from a place they trust.</li> <li>Almost half (46%) said they would be more likely to get vaccinated if the vaccine was offered to them at a place they normally go for health care. This was the top way to incentivize this group to get the vaccine, followed by getting full FDA approval for the vaccine (44%).</li> </ul> <p>Vanderbilt Health is making it easy for anyone age 12 and over—even if they're not a Vanderbilt patient—to get a <strong>free</strong> COVID-19 vaccine at a number of <strong>convenient locations</strong>. Share <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/GetVaccines?_ga=2.124132419.891893279.1624571477-966429465.1624308396">this site</a> with any of your employees still in the "wait and see" camp to encourage them to go ahead and take their shot.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 25 Jun 2021 19:32:05 +0000 roberjm7 196 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com COVID-19 Booster Shots Unnecessary for Now—Vaccines More Essential https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/covid-19-booster-shots-unnecessary-now-vaccines-more-essential <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 Booster Shots Unnecessary for Now—Vaccines More Essential</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 06/21/2021 - 14:45</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/198" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to COVID-19 Booster Shots Unnecessary for Now—Vaccines More Essential"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="text-align:start">In a June 18, 2021, article in <a href="https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/second-opinions/93165">MedPage</a>, David M. Aronoff, MD, Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, suggests that any worry about individuals needing extra "booster" vaccine doses is premature. Instead, he urges, we should be focusing on vaccinating more people and preventing the spread and emergence of variants.</p> <p>"While we do not know how long meaningful vaccine-induced immunity against SARS-CoV-2 infection will last, it seems to be on the scale of 8 to 12 months, if not longer," he writes. "If the pandemic were to completely end during the next year, we might be able to hold off on booster shots, firing them up only if any new COVID-19 hotspots arise. But, it seems clear from the ongoing activity of COVID-19 in many parts of the world that the pandemic is far from ending anytime soon. And SARS-CoV-2 variants just keep coming."</p> <p>The Delta variant appears to be more contagious and dangerous than previous variants—and is becoming more predominant in the United States. However, good news has emerged that the Pfizer and Moderna two-dose vaccines are effective against it.</p> <p>That's why Dr. Aronoff believes it's more important to use our existing vaccine supply to immunize, rather than re-immunize, people both in the United States and abroad. Controlling the pandemic in our country and all over the globe—deploying abundant U.S. vaccine supplies to countries with less access, for instance—will delay or defray our need to get boosters here. "A major goal of mass vaccination is to make it hard for the SARS-CoV-2 virus to find susceptible victims," Dr. Aronoff writes.</p> <p>"There may come a time when we are strongly compelled to begin administering booster shots, either with existing vaccines or new variant-targeting ones," he continues. "But that time is not now. Let's help get the unimmunized in the U.S. and abroad protected as soon as we can. Slowing the pandemic through widespread immunization is our key to delaying the need for booster shots."</p> <p>Read more of Dr. Aronoff's article <a href="https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/second-opinions/93165">here</a>. And <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/GetVaccines">learn more here</a> about scheduling your COVID-19 vaccine from Vanderbilt Health or a location closer to home. Vaccines are available to anyone age 12 and older, even if you've never been a Vanderbilt patient.</p> <p style="text-align:start"> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 21 Jun 2021 19:45:40 +0000 roberjm7 198 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com ‘Getting Our Lives Back’: A Q&A With VUMC's Dr. Abhi Saxena on Mental Health Strategies for the New Normal https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/getting-our-lives-back-qa-vumcs-dr-abhi-saxena-mental-health-strategies-new <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">‘Getting Our Lives Back’: A Q&amp;A With VUMC&#039;s Dr. Abhi Saxena on Mental Health Strategies for the New Normal</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 06/09/2021 - 21:19</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/195" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to ‘Getting Our Lives Back’: A Q&amp;A With VUMC&#039;s Dr. Abhi Saxena on Mental Health Strategies for the New Normal"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="text-align:start"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">Vanderbilt Health behavioral health expert Abhi Saxena, MD, MBA, recently spoke to Middle Tennessee employers about <span style="background-color:white">anxiety around returning to work and navigating big transitions after a tough season of personal struggles and loss. </span>Dr. Saxena is <span style="background-color:white">the medical director of hospital services for Vanderbilt Behavioral Health and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He oversees the 106-bed Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><i><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black"><span style="background-color:white">Employer Insights</span></span></span></span></i><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black"><span style="background-color:white"> asked Dr. Saxena about practical ways to handle the near-constant level of anxiety we have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as ideas for transitioning to a post-pandemic world with stronger mental health coping strategies.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><b><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">What do you tell people who feel anxious and burned out despite the world opening back up?</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">As a psychiatrist, I often get asked, “What is normal?” We are experiencing a new normal—normal in 2021 and 2022 will look different than normal did in 2019. And that’s okay. That's not something to be worried about. It may require adaptation to get us back to doing the things that we love and enjoy. If you are feeling bit on edge, not quite back in your rhythm or not where you need to be—it's okay.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">Nothing has been normal since about February of last year. Unfortunately, in Nashville there have been a series of “hundred-year flood” type of events—we have experienced another destructive flood, tornadoes and a bombing on top of the pandemic. So, I want to start with a simple reminder that it's okay to not be okay. I don't mean that if you need help that you shouldn't reach out, but it is okay to not feel exactly like yourself at this current moment.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><b><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">Where does anxiety come from, and is there anything positive about it? </span></span></span></b></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">Anxiety does have a protective role. Going back to when we were nomads, anxiety is what kept us safe from peril and attack. So at its core, a little bit of anxiety and worry can protect us. If you'll remember back to when you were in school, what made you study or turn in a paper? The fact that there was a deadline brought out our critical thinking, creativity and productivity. Anxiety can keep us safe. It can keep us motivated. It can keep us going forward. So not all anxiety is bad. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">The problem comes when anxiety turns to fear or when it becomes more generalized and chronic. It’s harmful when anxiety brings about social dysfunction—when we’re not working as well, feeling as well, or hanging out with friends and family—and it's happening chronically over long periods of time.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">People are allowed to have bad days and bad weeks, but when this turns into bad months and bad years, that's when we get concerned. Or if the severity reaches a certain threshold where we're not able to work, care for ourselves and others, or do the things that we usually like doing, that’s when we need to seek out help. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><b><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">What happens to our bodies when it comes to chronic stress?</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">And as a reminder, anxiety isn't just a feeling. It’s not something that someone needs to just “get over” or try harder to just “snap out of it.” It's not that easy. If it were, most people who are having trouble with anxiety would just do it. It would be like if somebody's pancreas isn't making the right amount of insulin, and we were to tell them, “Just make your pancreas work a little harder.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">We cannot always gain control of our brain’s neurocircuitry. Different parts of the brain are responsible for different symptoms, from the way our heart is beating, our blood pressure, how much stress our body is under, and how we're socially interacting. There is physical evidence that after stress or chronic trauma, our brain physically looks different. It can look bulkier in some areas, such as the amygdala, our emotional response center. After periods of stress, parts of your brain that are supposed to be more robust can actually lose the ability to function in normal ways.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><b><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">Why have people reacted so differently to the threat of the virus? </span></span></span></b></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">The prefrontal cortex helps us assign value calculations and assess probability—in other words, to help us anticipate the cost of future events. These value calculations are our brain telling us how likely something is to happen. It has been very interesting to me as a psychiatrist to watch how Americans have responded to this pandemic when it comes to their value calculations.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">There are groups of people in America that have over-quantified or overvalued the fear of death or serious consequences from the virus. Now that's not all bad because this has propelled people to want to wear masks, socially distance themselves and do what they need to do to stay safe. But if people have overvalued the fear, that could have prevented them from returning to a new normal. On the other hand, some groups have undervalued it, saying things like, “I don't have to worry about this virus or follow guidelines. I don't need to get the vaccine.” These are just two ends of the same type of brain circuitry that are forcing folks to be off track. What's funny is these two groups of people probably look at each other as being very different, but really they're on the same core level. We're more similar than we are different. It's just two different directions to take to anticipate the cost of future events. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><b><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">What are some of the common reactions people have had to the constant stress?</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">This last year and a half have been quite traumatic to a lot of people. Trauma does not have a single concrete definition—it's very personal, and different traumatic events cause different reactions in different people's brains. One person could live through a tornado or other devastating event and have no lasting or very minimal symptoms afterward. Other people could experience the same event and it would elicit a different response. In psychiatric research over the last 10 to 15 years, we have learned that repeated microtraumas—which are lower-level stressful moments that are happening daily or regularly—are leading to anxiety symptoms similar to what we traditionally think of as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">In these scenarios, people can begin to lean more on substances like alcohol or drugs to get them through the tough days, which can lead to misuse and addiction. And that's what I'm worried about—because it has been 15 to 16 months of our entire society being chronically stressed. That has led us to having a never-ending series of adjustments. Every two weeks it has felt like there's something new that we have to learn or adjust to and cope with. And this is on a plate that was already full for most Americans, who were at their limit of working hard and taking care of families. There was not much room on the plate to add more. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">And on top of all of this stress, core parts of our coping system were put on hold. Being able to go to school, gather for parties or church, go to concerts or sporting events, or even go to our doctors appointments—all of that was eliminated at least temporarily. Simple tasks like going to the grocery store suddenly became perilous. Two years ago, if I had told you that you would be on edge and have to really focus before you go to a grocery store, no one would have believed me.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">I still remember that first news event where San Francisco looked like a ghost town. And then slowly, we all had to do some version of that. Every state and every city handled it a little bit differently, but to some extent, we all had to shut down and reevaluate our lives in so many ways. And so I go back to my first statement: It is okay to not to be okay. It makes sense.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><b><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">How do we get back in the game—back to work, back to doing the things that we want to do?</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">Those of us who are vaccinated have to lead by example and show everyone how to get back to being a society again. You want to be patient because there's a large variation of normal. There will be people who want to hang out all the time versus those who are not ready for that. Both reactions are okay. Be understanding of other people’s discomfort and don't judge them or make disparaging remarks. Don't give up on them—check back in with them often. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">If you’re still experiencing some measure of anxiety out in the world, know that there's nothing wrong with branching out slowly, but don’t allow fear to cause you to be so isolated that you're experiencing social dysfunction. We have to turn the corner and move to our next steps as a society.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><b><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">What can workplace leaders do to help workers’ anxiety subside as we return to the office?</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">I think trying to elicit feedback is important. Find ways within your organization to poll or survey your employees and be ready to change course based on what you learn. It’s important to constantly get the pulse of the people who work with and for you and then be adaptive. If you've got a really good worker who is worried about working in the office, but you really need them to come back in, try to build a hybrid model. Perhaps allow the option to work from home a few days a week. Incorporate different people's needs the best that you can. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">I can't emphasize this enough: Practice active listening. Don't make any assumptions about why someone's not coming in. Just try to listen and understand, and then adapt as best you can.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><b><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">What about children who may be suffering with anxiety with COVID-19? What advice would you have for their parents?</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">First look in the mirror: As a parent or a caregiver, how much of the anxiety they're feeling is radiating off of you? Make sure you're not bringing a lot of stress or worry home to young people who can’t understand the full picture. Again, don't make any assumptions; ask open-ended questions and listen to try to understand where they are. You may think they're at a certain level because they're younger, but they might know much more information, and even misinformation, because social media is everywhere. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">Next, validate their feelings and let them know it's okay not to be okay. There's no one answer, but it’s important to make sure the next generation isn't overly fearful or overly distrustful of authority. We want people to live in a society that trusts one another, and it starts with the kids.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><b><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">Where ca</span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">n<b> people get help?</b></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">Help is one phone call away. If life feels overwhelming, call somebody for help. If you’re noticing that issue in someone else, reach out and listen, be supportive and get that person help. Vanderbilt has psychiatric assessment specialists available 24/7 via telehealth, in our clinics and in the ER. Behavioral health experts can help you get back to the basics and do things like monitor your sleep and get your nutrition back in balance. They can also help you get back to what you enjoyed doing before the pandemic so that you’ll feel more like yourself.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><b><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">What are final thoughts about how to build stronger mental health in this transitional period? </span></span></span></b></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">Be intentional about what you're adding back into your life. Remember there are multiple roads to happiness: What's right for one person is not necessarily the way for another person. One of the positives about these last 15 or so months is that people have simplified their lives. People now have a better grasp on what they truly value and better understand what they were doing previously that was extra and simply too much. Don't add back in activities that stress you out or that have been toxic in the past. Have boundaries, know your limits and never be afraid to ask for help. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:start; margin-top:5px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><span style="color:black">And remember, we're all in this together. We can do anything. We can move step by step to get our lives back and have fun again and enjoy this great city of Nashville.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 02:19:38 +0000 roberjm7 195 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com Recording Now Available for Webinar on Vaccine Confidence and Pandemic Anxiety https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/recording-now-available-webinar-vaccine-confidence-and-pandemic-anxiety <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Recording Now Available for Webinar on Vaccine Confidence and Pandemic Anxiety</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 06/04/2021 - 14:23</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/194" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Recording Now Available for Webinar on Vaccine Confidence and Pandemic Anxiety"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><meta charset="UTF-8" /></p> <p>Did you miss last week's webinar on COVID-19 vaccines and strategies for work in a post-pandemic world? We've got you covered: Download the <a href="https://select.vanderbilthealth.com/rs/995-AMQ-354/images/Building%20vaccine%20confidence%20and%20return%20to%20work%20anixety%2005.25.21%20v5.pdf?mkt_tok=OTk1LUFNUS0zNTQAAAF9RG6TQhveD6UmT8LfBCobJu0ioDEkTfWp03PGDHT-MKNreh3KMsBe-BVm6CBmTn_c_HR-UGZ1ceRmn4LhMXF55oeb7F965mq88KDKCQ0Ffqqq">presentation here</a> and watch the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?mkt_tok=OTk1LUFNUS0zNTQAAAF9RG6TQggGcqpazdB7gF-rL_adgG_1lFHvR22ub0bUNN9XA9QiNGIidy1MNKDMw0-7_DF_ZYgt7x7Y3A3ZoDy1ygat2p_aPnHEYC06bAPL5yzM&amp;v=uGtUtuS5FCg&amp;feature=youtu.be">recording here</a> of the webinar, which helped Middle Tennessee employees boost confidence in the vaccines and cope with heightened anxiety as they return to the office and social situations resume.</p> <p>VUMC infectious disease expert David Aronoff, MD, detailed the safety of COVID-19 vaccines and offered guidance on ways to mitigate vaccine hesitancy. He was joined by VUMC behavioral health expert Abhi Saxena, MD, who addressed anxiety around returning to work and navigating big transitions after a tough season of personal struggles and loss.</p> <p>Email us at <strong><a href="mailto:employersolutions@vumc.org">employersolutions@vumc.org</a></strong> if you have any suggestions on future webinars or Q&amp;As with Vanderbilt experts.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 04 Jun 2021 19:23:55 +0000 roberjm7 194 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com MyHealth Bundles Patient Navigators Streamline the Care Journey https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/myhealth-bundles-patient-navigators-streamline-care-journey <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">MyHealth Bundles Patient Navigators Streamline the Care Journey</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 06/01/2021 - 15:30</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/189" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to MyHealth Bundles Patient Navigators Streamline the Care Journey"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="text-align:start">Navigating a healthcare system can be a complicated and overwhelming process. Vanderbilt’s <a href="https://www.vanderbilthealth.com/program/myhealth-bundles-employers">MyHealth Bundles</a> team is challenging that status quo with its team of dedicated patient navigators: Bri Yip, Rachel Harris and Flavia Atkins.</p> <p>Every MyHealth Bundles patient has access to a navigator who streamlines what could be a complex care journey. Though they are not clinicians, patient navigators wear a variety of hats to ensure every patient receives concierge-level support and service throughout their time in the MyHealth Bundles program.</p> <p>Here are a few of their roles and responsibilities:</p> <p><strong>Educator. </strong>Patient navigators begin by conducting phone consultations with prospective patients to educate patients on the bundle they’re interested in and answer questions. Navigators then conduct eligibility screenings and begin the enrollment process if the patient qualifies. The navigators also stay up to date on changes in each bundle and clarify those revisions for patients so that they’re clearly understood.</p> <p><strong>Coordinator. </strong>Once patients are accepted into the bundles program, the navigators serve as a primary point of contact and coordinator for all their non-clinical needs. The navigators help patients manage their various visits, from booking initial doctor’s appointments to scheduling follow-up visits, ensuring a continuation of care that leads to better health outcomes.</p> <p><strong>Guide.</strong> Navigators provide maps and FAQ documents to help patients easily find their providers and overcome any barriers to care. They’re also a center of knowledge for details on participating clinics and facilities.</p> <p><strong>Supporter. </strong>Patient navigators track each patient through the process and provide them with appropriate updates to support them at each stage of their bundles journey. Navigators are easily accessible and can be reached through a variety of channels, such as phone calls, My Health at Vanderbilt messages and email. </p> <p>Whether they are enrolling a new MyHealth Bundles patient or scheduling a post-op visit for a current patient, Vanderbilt Health’s patient navigators are positively changing the way patients experience care.</p> <p><em><strong>See the patient navigators' profiles <a href="https://www.vanderbilthealth.com/information/myhealth-bundles-patient-navigators">here</a>, and read a Q&amp;A with Bri and Rachel on an <a href="https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/you-every-step-way-qa-myhealth-bundles-patient-navigators">earlier post</a>.</strong></em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/Navigators4.png?itok=FH_RmyFs" width="576" height="423" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Clockwise from top left: Vanderbilt’s MyHealth Bundles team of Bri Yip, Flavia Atkins and Rachel Harris</div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 01 Jun 2021 20:30:11 +0000 roberjm7 189 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com VUMC Updates Masking Guidance https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/vumc-updates-masking-guidance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VUMC Updates Masking Guidance</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 05/26/2021 - 09:58</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/193" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VUMC Updates Masking Guidance"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Beginning today, Wednesday, May 26, Vanderbilt University Medical Center no longer requires employees or visitors to wear masks outside its facilities regardless of the individual’s vaccine status. This change is part of the Medical Center’s updated COVID-19 <strong><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/updated-covid-19-infection-prevention-guidance-non-clinical-areas">infection prevention guidance</a></strong> that will be phased in by Tuesday, June 1.</p> <p>The updated guidance includes changes to indoor and outdoor masking policies and provides a new ID badge sticker process so that VUMC employees who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 can be easily identified. Beginning June 1, employees who have been vaccinated will no longer be required to mask indoors in <strong><u>non-clinical areas</u></strong> (including non-patient care areas of mixed-use buildings) outlined in the updated guidance. Information about which buildings and areas of buildings on VUMC’s campuses are considered non-clinical is available <strong><u><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/updated-covid-19-infection-prevention-guidance-non-clinical-areas">here</a></u></strong>.</p> <p><strong>The guidance for clinical areas and patient encounters has not changed. </strong>Masking will continue to be required of all persons, employees and visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, upon entry into all clinical areas. Clinical areas include any patient care or public areas where patients are or may be present. Masking will continue to be required when riding a VUMC shuttle, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.  </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 26 May 2021 14:58:16 +0000 roberjm7 193 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com Catalyst for Payment Reform Podcast With C.J. Stimson Digs Deeper on Bundle Payments https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/catalyst-payment-reform-podcast-cj-stimson-digs-deeper-bundle-payments <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Catalyst for Payment Reform Podcast With C.J. Stimson Digs Deeper on Bundle Payments</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 05/19/2021 - 10:01</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/192" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Catalyst for Payment Reform Podcast With C.J. Stimson Digs Deeper on Bundle Payments"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Metro Nashville Public Schools' (MNPS) success with Vanderbilt's <a href="https://www.vanderbilthealth.com/program/myhealth-bundles-employers">MyHealth Bundles</a> program was the focus of a recent Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR) podcast featuring CJ Stimson, MD, JD, Senior Vice President of Value Transformation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). The call is a follow-up to a <a href="https://www.catalyze.org/product/metro-nashville-public-schools-direct-contract-bundles/">CPR-hosted webinar in March 2021</a>, where Dr. Stimson and David Hines of MNPS reported on the program's successes and lessons on the one-year anniversary of its implementation.</p> <p>In the 17-minute podcast, CPR Executive Director Suzanne Delbanco interviews Dr. Stimson about MNPS' decision to engage in a direct contract bundled payment arrangement with VUMC for maternity care, as well as the scope and features of MyHealth Bundles program.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.vanderbilthealth.com/service/mymaternityhealth-employers?_ga=2.169695969.1390090622.1621284269-1843506687.1621284269">MyMaternityHealth</a> bundle offers MNPS employees comprehensive maternity services at one “bundled” price. Those services include prenatal visits, labs, imaging, labor &amp; delivery, and 12 weeks of postpartum care for both mother and infant, as well as childbirth and lactation classes.</p> <p>Dr. Stimson explains how these innovative direct-to-provider relationship can mitigate risk for employers, and he makes some predictions about the future of direct contract bundled payments.</p> <p>Listen to the podcast on Soundcloud <a href="https://soundcloud.com/catalystforpaymentreform/cj-stimson-on-metro-nashville">here</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/Screen%20Shot%202021-05-19%20at%2011.05.31%20AM.png?itok=rDb6NVi0" width="576" height="319" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">CJ Stimson is the featured speaker on a Catalyst for Payment Reform podcast about improving maternity care for Nashville’s public schools through the bundled payment model.</div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 19 May 2021 15:01:14 +0000 roberjm7 192 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com CDC Eases Most Mask Guidance for the Fully Vaccinated; VUMC Still Requires Masks https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/cdc-eases-most-mask-guidance-fully-vaccinated-vumc-still-requires-masks <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">CDC Eases Most Mask Guidance for the Fully Vaccinated; VUMC Still Requires Masks</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 05/14/2021 - 14:56</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/191" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to CDC Eases Most Mask Guidance for the Fully Vaccinated; VUMC Still Requires Masks"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="text-align:start">Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html">announced</a> it was easing its recommendations on mask mandates, updating its guidance to state that masks are no longer required in most indoor settings for fully vaccinated Americans.</p> <p style="text-align:start">During a May 13 <a href="https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4962882/cdc-director-announces-easing-mask-wearing-restrictions-fully-vaccinated-individuals">White House COVID-19 response briefing</a>, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said, "Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing. If you are fully vaccinated, you can now start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic. We have all longed for this moment." </p> <p style="text-align:start">The CDC cited six studies, including one in the <em>Journal of the American Medical Association, </em>that supported its change in mask guidance.</p> <p style="text-align:start">In response to employer questions on how the recent change will affect their business, David Aronoff, MD, VUMC Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and Tom Talbot, MD, VUMC Chief Hospital Epidemiologist, offered the following guidance:</p> <p>1. Masking will no longer be required in indoor or outdoor spaces. CDC states that those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in particular do not need to mask in most situations. Exceptions include when in healthcare facilities and on public transportation. (While on any part of VUMC’s campus, all patients, visitors and VUMC staff <a href="https://www.vanderbilthealth.com/information/keeping-safe-during-covid-19?_ga=2.249974341.292833024.1621285877-730807750.1621004829">are still required</a> to wear masks.)</p> <p>2. It's still recommended that unvaccinated individuals wear masks given their risk of contracting potentially severe COVID-19 infection. Unvaccinated individuals should also wear masks to decrease the chance of spreading infection to colleagues who cannot mount a protective response from the vaccine, such as individuals with cancer or who have undergone organ transplants.</p> <p>3. Individuals may still wear masks based on an assessment of their own personal risk. It's recommended that employers support their employees' decisions and not question those who wish to continue masking. </p> <h4><em>To learn more about the new mask guidance, the safety and efficacy of vaccines, and ways to build vaccine readiness in your workforce, don't miss a new Vanderbilt Health webinar with Dr. Aronoff on May 25. As part of the webinar, VUMC behavioral health expert Abhi Saxena, MD, will address anxiety around returning to work and navigating big transitions after a tough season of personal struggles and loss. <a href="https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgo.vanderbilthealth.com%2FOTk1LUFNUS0zNTQAAAF8jz5owjGQl1zJRWSCLT6fpn5HXou_sI2QcsUEnIO4vBjlxU8n6m-NP0utHfZaRERy-z6N9ow%3D&amp;data=04%7C01%7Cjamie.roberts%40vumc.org%7C0008e64b51e442c85b1008d9041f9bd7%7Cef57503014244ed8b83c12c533d879ab%7C0%7C0%7C637545356081031620%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=dyD%2BixduTUP2aUhBTVtlLplAVVdqgD2qQ2bMXtS197s%3D&amp;reserved=0" id="" originalsrc="https://go.vanderbilthealth.com/OTk1LUFNUS0zNTQAAAF8jz5owjGQl1zJRWSCLT6fpn5HXou_sI2QcsUEnIO4vBjlxU8n6m-NP0utHfZaRERy-z6N9ow=" shash="mKIj4zRDCNUlpKSzmlGxkeOnSdUjxgFU6lVm/dmFcU5ba6GD0g3ZrTDp/oPJmRSTDGBNG/s5gbMbuBgoEAYDir8c+hPgL1t1zH98mhvxOMXupLC+Ijvn4qH3FVXShhLXlsVJOvbCilc1al7hFhNjLTgNHdR+TFYDopbu9PdwZ9g=" target="_blank">Register here</a>.</em></h4> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/iStock-638625640.jpg?itok=jSbE7wT2" width="576" height="375" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">CDC states that those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in particular do not need to mask in most situations. </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 14 May 2021 19:56:01 +0000 roberjm7 191 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com Vanderbilt Health Now Scheduling COVID-19 Vaccines for Ages 12 and Above https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/vanderbilt-health-now-scheduling-covid-19-vaccines-ages-12-and-above <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Vanderbilt Health Now Scheduling COVID-19 Vaccines for Ages 12 and Above</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/13/2021 - 11:49</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/190" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Vanderbilt Health Now Scheduling COVID-19 Vaccines for Ages 12 and Above"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="text-align:start">Vanderbilt Health is now scheduling COVID-19 vaccines for all ages 12 and older, after the <a href="https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-emergency-use">U.S. Food and Drug Administration</a> expanded the emergency use authorization of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to include children 12 to 15 years old.</p> <p>You can schedule an appointment today with Vanderbilt Health, even if you or your child haven't been a patient with Vanderbilt before. Locations will be at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital (beginning Friday, May 14) and at One Hundred Oaks Mall location.   </p> <p>Two important notes:</p> <p>• Anyone under 18 needs a parent or guardian with them when they receive their shot.</p> <p>• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer recommends spacing between the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines. They can be given at the same time. This may be of particular interest to parents whose children may due for other immunizations.</p> <p>Feel free to inform your workforce about this new, easy-to-access opportunity to offer vaccines to your employees and their families. Learn more and find links and a phone number on <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/GetVaccines">this site</a>.</p> <h3>Looking to offer on-site vaccinations to your employees?</h3> <p>For businesses with 20 or more employees and/or adult dependents, Vanderbilt Health Employer Solutions can work with you to provide on-site vaccination services. Learn more and submit your information at <a href="http://employeecovidvaccine.org/">EmployeeCOVIDVaccine.org</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 13 May 2021 16:49:26 +0000 roberjm7 190 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com Vanderbilt Health Employer Solutions Offers Two Types of Asymptomatic Testing https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/vanderbilt-health-employer-solutions-offers-two-types-asymptomatic-testing <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Vanderbilt Health Employer Solutions Offers Two Types of Asymptomatic Testing</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 05/10/2021 - 14:39</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/188" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Vanderbilt Health Employer Solutions Offers Two Types of Asymptomatic Testing"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="text-align:start">Health and wellness are our top priority—and getting Nashville back up and running safely is our goal. That’s why Vanderbilt Health Employer Solutions is offering asymptomatic testing to help businesses resume important professional activities and vital business gatherings. We offer two types of asymptomatic testing: PCR and rapid antigen testing.</p> <p><strong>PCR Testing</strong></p> <p>Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing is the most accurate and reliable test for diagnosing COVID-19. This test detects genetic material that is specific to the virus. Turnaround time is generally within 24 hours, but results can be in sooner. When demand is high, results can take much longer.</p> <p><strong>Rapid Antigen Testing</strong></p> <p>This test detects protein fragments specific to the virus. Since this test is not performed in a lab setting results can be reported in as little as 15 minutes.</p> <p><strong>Important Notes</strong></p> <p>Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing service is for adults only and should not be used on anyone who is symptomatic. It is also not to be used if you’re seeking a negative test following a positive result or to end a period of quarantine after sustained exposure. Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing should never be used as a standalone strategy for a return-to-work program. Additional health and safety procedures need to be in place, such as masking, social distancing and daily symptom screenings, to reduce the likelihood of infection.</p> <p><em>Learn more about Vanderbilt Health Employer Solutions COVID-19 testing services at EmployeeCovidTest.org or call (615) 819–5328.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 10 May 2021 19:39:06 +0000 roberjm7 188 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com COVID-19 Vaccination Services Available Through Vanderbilt Health Employer Solutions https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/covid-19-vaccination-services-available-through-vanderbilt-health-employer <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 Vaccination Services Available Through Vanderbilt Health Employer Solutions</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 05/10/2021 - 14:16</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/187" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to COVID-19 Vaccination Services Available Through Vanderbilt Health Employer Solutions"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="text-align:start">Vaccination against COVID-19 is critical to the health and well-being of our communities. To help reduce barriers to vaccination and make it simple for employers to offer vaccines to their employees, Vanderbilt Health Employer Solutions is pleased to offer COVID-19 vaccination services.</p> <p><strong>Businesses with 20 or more employees and/or adult dependents</strong></p> <p>Vanderbilt Health Employer Solutions can work with you to host an on-site vaccination event. Employer Solutions will contract with you to cover costs associated with administering the vaccine and producing the event. Businesses interested in on-site vaccination can visit EmployeeCOVIDVaccine.org and fill out the form to receive more detailed information. </p> <p><strong>Smaller businesses</strong></p> <p>Encourage your employees and their family members ages 12 or older to schedule individual appointments at <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/GetVaccines">this link</a> from Vanderbilt Health. We bill insurance for a small fee to help cover costs of giving the shot, but you won't get a bill, even if you don't have insurance. </p> <p><em>Learn more about Vanderbilt Health Employer Solutions COVID-19 vaccination services at <a href="https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/EmployeeCovidVaccine.org">EmployeeCovidVaccine.org </a>or call (615) 819-5328.</em></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/iStock-1311358576_Edited%202.jpg?itok=B52y9u4G" width="576" height="351" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">To help reduce barriers to vaccination and make it simple for employers to offer vaccines to their employees, Vanderbilt Health Employer Solutions is offering COVID-19 vaccination services, including on-site vaccination events.</div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 10 May 2021 19:16:14 +0000 roberjm7 187 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com Maintaining Mental Health Is Essential https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/maintaining-mental-health-essential <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Maintaining Mental Health Is Essential</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 05/05/2021 - 12:34</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/185" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Maintaining Mental Health Is Essential"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="text-align:start">May is Mental Health Awareness Month, signaling that there's no better time to strengthen our mental health and improve our emotional resiliency, particularly after such a stressful and exhausting pandemic year.</p> <p>It’s undeniable that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health of people of all ages: Before the pandemic, the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) estimated that 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness each year, and 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6 to 17 experience a mental disorder each year. During the height of the pandemic in June 2020, the CDC estimated even higher rates of mental illness, with nearly 40% of adults struggling with mental health or substance abuse.</p> <p>It is essential to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles so that your employees will seek help. Here are a few sources of help and education to share with your workforce:</p> <p>• Search through the educational materials available through the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ <a href="https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fnami.org%2FGet-Involved%2FAwareness-Events%2FMental-Health-Awareness-Month&amp;data=04%7C01%7Cjamie.roberts%40vumc.org%7Cb042759baf8a4e4cbfd108d90921844a%7Cef57503014244ed8b83c12c533d879ab%7C0%7C0%7C637550861848052557%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=UsIUUuGSeKBj%2BlgQXb6DiWxaNyXxgromEG9KJgxgIXo%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank" title="https://nami.org/get-involved/awareness-events/mental-health-awareness-month">You are Not Alone</a> campaign. The Mental Health America <a href="https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mhanational.org%2Fmental-health-month&amp;data=04%7C01%7Cjamie.roberts%40vumc.org%7Cb042759baf8a4e4cbfd108d90921844a%7Cef57503014244ed8b83c12c533d879ab%7C0%7C0%7C637550861848062551%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=eSEH3kdOcI3nwnxZwZG2Xlj5uixXaPlfs2affB5xsRs%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank" title="https://www.mhanational.org/mental-health-month">Tools 2 Thrive</a> toolkit also offers practice resources to improve mental health.</p> <p>• ​​​​The Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network is offering a <a href="https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgo.vanderbilthealth.com%2FOTk1LUFNUS0zNTQAAAF8w424QIh6KyjfUqC-0O68_xR9pWR-FuAppgOuG09_F5cTGHkz8vw8mwn36PmbgdgQP7tMDBI%3D&amp;data=04%7C01%7Cjamie.roberts%40vumc.org%7Ccd399507f8ee453c190c08d90c1af62f%7Cef57503014244ed8b83c12c533d879ab%7C0%7C0%7C637554132243462258%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=lbwxJG36aNcYGW1LIZdKNIRK9UCzEU%2FOBv9oJM3MGUQ%3D&amp;reserved=0" id="" originalsrc="https://go.vanderbilthealth.com/OTk1LUFNUS0zNTQAAAF8w424QIh6KyjfUqC-0O68_xR9pWR-FuAppgOuG09_F5cTGHkz8vw8mwn36PmbgdgQP7tMDBI=" shash="efeEFQs6rlu9K87p93Vdn8nQunwhgsMdLUFiryn4hQG1XTHUqHQjatzfgSrPZJ1nT2kSL+GZqLIZPHA+WUVQZt7e1fhynpOZ6OMyTFNj6xT6M/xRmXijzoK0st+TnGms5DOFsaLQMbxVGibyDhIFCXST0vCZQMCvgQl864XLs5I=" target="_blank">behavioral health webinar</a> on Tuesday, May 20, 12-1 p.m. geared toward mitigating anxiety in children and adolescents. Register to learn practical coping strategies for children with anxiety and potential warning signs of behavioral health concerns.</p> <p>• Vanderbilt Health’s employee health and wellness newsletter recently offered the following four ideas to encourage self-care, which are especially important after such a sustained time of crisis:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Practice emotion-based coping.</strong> Thankfully, emotions are momentary. Emotion-based coping strategies help you stay upright through the emotional waves by matching your actions to your feelings. When you are sad, melancholy or depressed, try a slow and soothing task such as a craft, puzzle or word game. If you’re angry, frustrated or restless, try cleaning your house or cranking up loud music and dancing. Discharge your tension with some laughter by watching a funny video.</li> <li><strong>Name your worries. </strong>When you feel in the grip of anxiety, try saying what’s bothering you out loud. Take deep breaths and place your hand on your heart to measure your heartbeat. Try noticing your thoughts without judgment, measuring how these thoughts impact your mood and your breathing as they inevitably fade with time.</li> <li><strong>Notice unhelpful thoughts but don't dwell on them.</strong> Instead of constantly worrying about what may happen tomorrow, practice keeping your thoughts in the present and with what is known. If those thoughts veer to the negative, gently move them back to more hopeful ideas. Find activities to look forward to, no matter how simple.</li> <li><strong>Help someone else. </strong>Focusing efforts to help other people cultivates better emotional health. Given COVID-19 precautions limiting contact, helping may look a little different, such as calling to check in on a friend, sending encouraging texts or sending uplifting videos to others. Altruism reminds us of the good in humanity and why we prosper in a healthy community.</li> </ol> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-full-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/barista_posts_full_image/public/May%20is%20Mental%20Health%20Month.png?itok=Z4nWXb3g" width="576" height="576" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-barista-posts-full-image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 05 May 2021 17:34:55 +0000 roberjm7 185 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com Building Vaccine Confidence in the Workplace: Virtual Event With Vanderbilt Health Expert Targeted to HR Leaders https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/building-vaccine-confidence-workplace-virtual-event-vanderbilt-health-expert <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Building Vaccine Confidence in the Workplace: Virtual Event With Vanderbilt Health Expert Targeted to HR Leaders</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/04/2021 - 13:10</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/186" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Building Vaccine Confidence in the Workplace: Virtual Event With Vanderbilt Health Expert Targeted to HR Leaders"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Vaccine hesitancy is high in Tennessee, with the CDC reporting the state has one of lowest rates of fully vaccinated adults in the country. But overcoming reluctance in getting the COVID-19 vaccine is key to curbing the spread of COVID-19 and achieving herd immunity.</p> <p>The <a href="https://mtshrm.org">Middle Tennessee Society of Human Resource Management</a> (MTSHRM) and <a href="https://www.mtebc.org">Middle Tennessee Employee Benefits Council</a><strong> (</strong>MTEBC) are joining forces to help human resource leaders positively influence colleagues, friends and family members by building their confidence in the vaccines. The two groups are hosting a virtual event <strong>May 18 at 11:45 a.m. </strong>with infectious disease expert David Aronoff, MD, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Aronoff will explain the importance, safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines and how they will impact our community’s future.</p> <p>In addition, attendees will:</p> <ul> <li>Learn details about global virus growth and COVID-19 variants</li> <li>Understand the importance of immunization</li> <li>Realize continued workplace concerns and lessons to take from the pandemic</li> <li>Discover strategies for talking to colleagues, friends, and family members who are hesitant about the vaccine</li> <li>Gain perspective and a future outlook for our community</li> </ul> <p>Registration to the Zoom event is free to everyone but required to attend. <strong>Register <a href="https://www.mtebc.org/event-4135410">here</a>. </strong>After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.</p> <p>MTEBC President Mike Lerman will moderate the webinar. There will be time for Q&amp;A at the end of the presentation.</p> <p>David Aronoff, MD, is the Addison B. Scoville Chair in Medicine and Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Throughout the pandemic, he has advised Ryman Hospitality Properties, American Airlines and Nashville employers with the Good to Go program on disease prevention.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 04 May 2021 18:10:30 +0000 roberjm7 186 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com The Value of Employee Testimonials in Building Vaccine Readiness https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/value-employee-testimonials-building-vaccine-readiness <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Value of Employee Testimonials in Building Vaccine Readiness</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 04/30/2021 - 06:00</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/184" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to The Value of Employee Testimonials in Building Vaccine Readiness"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Business Group on Health recently hosted a series of conference calls for employers to share approaches to addressing COVID-19 vaccine communications. The COVID-19 Benchmarking Discussion Series uncovered just how powerful employee testimonials can be to encourage vaccination. A poll during the discussion discovered that 48% of participants plan to use first-hand accounts from leaders and employees who have been vaccinated. </p> <p>One employer plans to invite a vaccinated employee to share a testimonial in an upcoming webinar sponsored by the company’s internal Black Employees Employee Resource Group (ERG). Employers are also using their ERGs as testing grounds for reviewing communications for potential cultural blind spots and sensitivities before they are shared more widely. Business Group on Health members can access more of the discussion results <a href="https://www.businessgrouphealth.org/resources/covid-19-vaccine-communications-employer-messages-and-strategies?utm_term=%5Cu2794&amp;utm_campaign=Vaccine%20Communications%20and%20Confidence%2C%20EDI%20Survey%2C%20AI%2C%20Burnout&amp;utm_content=email&amp;utm_source=Act-On+Software&amp;utm_medium=email">here</a>. It's free to register and become a member.</p> <p>The COVID-19 vaccine video series from Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) features fellow Vanderbilt colleagues who have received the vaccine. Don’t miss <a href="https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgo.vanderbilthealth.com%2FOTk1LUFNUS0zNTQAAAF8w424QHi9m29u2ZUq3_ALzJ0eU7_sYhXDDCU3lN7OCwpxDlAz4CsRdUPicT368qyJFElpQRw%3D&amp;data=04%7C01%7Cjamie.roberts%40vumc.org%7Ccd399507f8ee453c190c08d90c1af62f%7Cef57503014244ed8b83c12c533d879ab%7C0%7C0%7C637554132243532202%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=9UdexwNm%2BUd5%2B4hg%2BNLBebM2nVRpS0uQX84xu0pFzUg%3D&amp;reserved=0" id="" originalsrc="https://go.vanderbilthealth.com/OTk1LUFNUS0zNTQAAAF8w424QHi9m29u2ZUq3_ALzJ0eU7_sYhXDDCU3lN7OCwpxDlAz4CsRdUPicT368qyJFElpQRw=" shash="LL/S8YkpIXuIMzFtmQC02NWU71ln59B4dawIgacxDa0oj0m7gwWq4UfBsr+kVXcaXQCDBwpM2BHuS073GDkrpwAXCkYoaQzkX05IEiZ0qc6LGJDFQ98IEjNlw4dC3nkpjNBqd+O64v2JKyLmAtJLd76lpI1xAbzl5Dvaog6IxvE=" target="_blank">this video</a> of VUMC employee testimonials, and consider trying such a strategy for your company to encourage vaccinations.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 30 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000 roberjm7 184 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccine Today https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/schedule-your-covid-19-vaccine-today <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccine Today</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/26/2021 - 10:37</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/183" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccine Today"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Tennesseans age 16 and older are eligible to get COVID-19 vaccines. You can schedule yours today with Vanderbilt Health, even if you've not been a patient with Vanderbilt before. Teens under 18 must be with a parent or guardian, who can get their shot at the same time.</p> <article about="/coronavirus/GetVaccines" role="article" typeof="schema:WebPage"> <p><strong>Current Vanderbilt Health patients</strong> can use <a href="https://myhealthatvanderbilt.com/Authentication/Login?">this link</a> to schedule an appointment.</p> <p><strong>The <a href="https://covid-vaccine.app.vumc.org/registration/#/register">general public</a> </strong>can find an appointment at this link. Or call (<strong>888) 312-0847.</strong></p> <p>If you don't see an appointment that is convenient for you, check back. We add new appointments as we get new shipments of vaccine. </p> <p>We'll bill your insurance for a small fee to help cover costs of giving you the shot. But you won't get a bill, even if you don't have insurance.</p> <p>We're giving vaccines at 2 locations in Nashville: at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on 21st Avenue and at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks.</p> <h3>What If I Don't Live In or Near Nashville?</h3> <p>Our three community hospitals are working with local health departments in Wilson, Bedford and Coffee counties to give COVID-19 vaccines. </p> <p>Schedule your vaccine at these links:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://vaccinate.tn.gov/">Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital</a></li> <li><a href="https://covid-vaccine.app.vumc.org/registration/#/register?utm_source=vbch">Vanderbilt Bedford Hospital</a></li> <li><a href="https://covid-vaccine.app.vumc.org/registration/#/register?utm_source=vthh">Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital</a></li> </ul> <p>Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital is also giving vaccines on a first-come, first-serve basis, Monday-Friday, 8– 11:30 a.m and 1–4:30 pm, as long as supplies are available. Go to the main entrance of the hospital for screening and registration.</p> <p>You can also find vaccine appointments at pharmacies, clinics and other locations at <a href="https://vaccinefinder.org/">VaccineFinder.org</a>.</p> <p> </p> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 26 Apr 2021 15:37:28 +0000 roberjm7 183 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley Help Spread the Word About COVID-19 Vaccines https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/dolly-parton-brad-paisley-help-spread-word-about-covid-19-vaccines <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley Help Spread the Word About COVID-19 Vaccines</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 04/23/2021 - 09:55</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/182" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley Help Spread the Word About COVID-19 Vaccines"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Vanderbilt Health has been joined by two country music superstars to help build confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines.</p> <p>Take it from none other than Tennessee's Queen herself, <strong>Dolly Parton</strong>: In a new PSA, Dolly partners with Vanderbilt Health to encourage everyone to get their COVID-19 vaccination. Watch her musical PSA <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQE_tE9t1GQ">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Brad Paisley</strong> is the face of a sports-themed PSA for VUMC, along with sports partners Nashville Predators, Nashville SC, Nashville Sounds, Vanderbilt Athletics, Music City Grand Prix, Nashville Superspeedway, TSSAA, Pro Football Hall of Fame and Bridgestone Arena. Feel free to share the new ad with employees and make it easy for them to find a vaccine <a href="http://spr.ly/6044HNk5s.">here</a>. Watch the ad below.</p> <p> </p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BIg1LeVS2tg" width="560"></iframe></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 23 Apr 2021 14:55:23 +0000 roberjm7 182 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com Webinars Set to Build Vaccine Confidence and Ease Anxieties Around Returning to Work https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com/employer-insights-blog/webinars-set-build-vaccine-confidence-and-ease-anxieties-around-returning <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Webinars Set to Build Vaccine Confidence and Ease Anxieties Around Returning to Work</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/roberjm7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberjm7</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 04/20/2021 - 13:41</span> <a href="/blog-post-rss/181" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Webinars Set to Build Vaccine Confidence and Ease Anxieties Around Returning to Work"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Several divisions of Vanderbilt Health are offering learning opportunities on the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccines and strategies for work in a post-pandemic world. Mark your calendars for the following webinars geared to helping your employees boost confidence in the vaccines and cope with heightened anxiety as they return to the office and social situations resume.</p> <p>Vanderbilt Health is hosting a webinar on <strong>Tuesday, May 25 at 2 p.m.</strong>, with VUMC infectious disease expert David Aronoff, MD, who will detail the safety of COVID-19 vaccines and offer guidance on ways to mitigate vaccine hesitancy. Joining him will be VUMC behavioral health expert Abhi Saxena, MD, who will address anxiety around returning to work and navigating big transitions after a tough season of personal struggles and loss. <a href="https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgo.vanderbilthealth.com%2FOTk1LUFNUS0zNTQAAAF8jz5owjGQl1zJRWSCLT6fpn5HXou_sI2QcsUEnIO4vBjlxU8n6m-NP0utHfZaRERy-z6N9ow%3D&amp;data=04%7C01%7Cjamie.roberts%40vumc.org%7C0008e64b51e442c85b1008d9041f9bd7%7Cef57503014244ed8b83c12c533d879ab%7C0%7C0%7C637545356081031620%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=dyD%2BixduTUP2aUhBTVtlLplAVVdqgD2qQ2bMXtS197s%3D&amp;reserved=0" id="" originalsrc="https://go.vanderbilthealth.com/OTk1LUFNUS0zNTQAAAF8jz5owjGQl1zJRWSCLT6fpn5HXou_sI2QcsUEnIO4vBjlxU8n6m-NP0utHfZaRERy-z6N9ow=" shash="mKIj4zRDCNUlpKSzmlGxkeOnSdUjxgFU6lVm/dmFcU5ba6GD0g3ZrTDp/oPJmRSTDGBNG/s5gbMbuBgoEAYDir8c+hPgL1t1zH98mhvxOMXupLC+Ijvn4qH3FVXShhLXlsVJOvbCilc1al7hFhNjLTgNHdR+TFYDopbu9PdwZ9g=" target="_blank">Register here</a> for the Vanderbilt Health webinar.</p> <p>The Middle Tennessee Employee Benefits Council is hosting a webinar on <strong>Tuesday, May 18 at 12 p.m.</strong> that will also feature Dr. Aronoff's insights on how to cope with the lingering pandemic. <a href="https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgo.vanderbilthealth.com%2FOTk1LUFNUS0zNTQAAAF8jz5ownteNxb8TElchWm0v852NrvH7xiNSoedqXtdxPLwz5ztaaFMtV5hnystMMwM378wf6k%3D&amp;data=04%7C01%7Cjamie.roberts%40vumc.org%7C0008e64b51e442c85b1008d9041f9bd7%7Cef57503014244ed8b83c12c533d879ab%7C0%7C0%7C637545356081041615%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=ZHGydYi6vR8RGdn%2B%2Buime5%2FQIYa5NeTC%2F5UYIJH%2Fm7Y%3D&amp;reserved=0" id="" originalsrc="https://go.vanderbilthealth.com/OTk1LUFNUS0zNTQAAAF8jz5ownteNxb8TElchWm0v852NrvH7xiNSoedqXtdxPLwz5ztaaFMtV5hnystMMwM378wf6k=" shash="ODCpCW4tN8CYoFYf9UyFqfas75Z84+tJHahOi9ZvRzwwyrKcdF4rfCaZST4tKGtHAB7dhxNM6u+6XbqmOjxMsXGs3KTC1JgrJ4vj9YnFVmpXQa6NJHpcoYoHgTlytMp+qxNnC7eCl0o65j8GB+rLEgZZpjJvooOojEOGWZOCBOA=" target="_blank">Register here</a> for the MTEBC webinar.</p> <p>Employers are also invited to a Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network webinar geared to helping parents and families navigate the emotional and mental challenges around their children’s return to school. “COVID-19’s Impact on Mental Health in the School Setting: Tips &amp; Tricks for Helping Keep Kids Safe &amp; Healthy” is set for <strong>Thursday, May 20 at 12 p.m</strong>. <a href="https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgo.vanderbilthealth.com%2FOTk1LUFNUS0zNTQAAAF8jz5owsau60etdidzfujjWuDpYCUrSI9WOhCp3qINwjWsXPTDKTHo7n7MH6m-5ahzu_hUR_g%3D&amp;data=04%7C01%7Cjamie.roberts%40vumc.org%7C0008e64b51e442c85b1008d9041f9bd7%7Cef57503014244ed8b83c12c533d879ab%7C0%7C0%7C637545356081041615%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=yEwbNLigr4KHuDkN1Q%2Fh3RVaJQVfzbsaIJKf6HbFg5Q%3D&amp;reserved=0" id="" originalsrc="https://go.vanderbilthealth.com/OTk1LUFNUS0zNTQAAAF8jz5owsau60etdidzfujjWuDpYCUrSI9WOhCp3qINwjWsXPTDKTHo7n7MH6m-5ahzu_hUR_g=" shash="jc5g2j4xfhnfvKKoZyZs0ARUkpWUHJ4dqh8/J/xHP0AG92dmiRaNVKyRdvB/aYuyJDS7Gwx7OCBIqU4ENZ14NWWkvKsfYsfeHUkTrXfiIsXsZSBENG+hrjRA2Zgr5EN/tIOpmgaDib1cE6gHoO5cWURDhZQ/qmE3gBXFkkP3mhA=" target="_blank">Register here</a> for the VHAN webinar.</p> <p>If you have any questions about these educational events, please email us at <a href="https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgo.vanderbilthealth.com%2FOTk1LUFNUS0zNTQAAAF8jz5owi2Bp8AUDRaxbBfR2TT1XrNDZ1LQrZTT3FS3aiphK5QX7gt5tukpS4sRO6y2H-s-ESE%3D&amp;data=04%7C01%7Cjamie.roberts%40vumc.org%7C0008e64b51e442c85b1008d9041f9bd7%7Cef57503014244ed8b83c12c533d879ab%7C0%7C0%7C637545356081051610%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=5qQmpl0XxFGWW4OMNG8A%2Blo%2F2J6LImZ8FjNi9ulOKp4%3D&amp;reserved=0" id="" originalsrc="https://go.vanderbilthealth.com/OTk1LUFNUS0zNTQAAAF8jz5owi2Bp8AUDRaxbBfR2TT1XrNDZ1LQrZTT3FS3aiphK5QX7gt5tukpS4sRO6y2H-s-ESE=" shash="maI8PWbKrKcm3sN/xTR3EDL0DTBRdCNLMGRCvwkClcoBGXSLb+c6BzNjYk424UYre7RlNWi2+3OaGPXSfvyxUh0CQ1+IxK+Hu82ugKbvYxx4gMXUESgS1Z6Zc8pMm+aWJ7CU4W3R0z1msTfFvm0XWglqhJMal9EywxT8gjd24HE=" target="_blank">employersolutions@vumc.org</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 20 Apr 2021 18:41:10 +0000 roberjm7 181 at https://employersolutions.vanderbilthealth.com