COVID-19: The Intersection of Telehealth and Community Health

In the video, you’ll hear from The MAVEN Project leaders and partners about how they are developing new virtual care strategies to address growing national needs.

COVID-19 has disproportionally impacted the most vulnerable patients – and healthcare providers are struggling to provide the complex and chronic care these individuals desperately need. The MAVEN Project is a telehealth nonprofit that supports primary care providers in delivering comprehensive care to vulnerable patients at community health centers across the country. The organization does this by leveraging a corps of deeply experienced physicians who volunteer their time and expertise to address local health concerns and support frontline providers personally and professionally.

Michelle Baker spoke with The MAVEN Project about how they are supporting community healthcare providers working to meet growing demands from COVID-19. From caring for individuals struggling with coronavirus, to maintaining care for chronic diseases, to providing routine medical care across the country – the demands have consistently increased and will continue to as we see the impact of COVID-19 and flu season combined in the coming months.

Lisa Bard Levine, MD, MBA, Senior Advisor to the CEO and former Chief Executive Officer, The MAVEN Project

Lisa Bard Levine has devoted her career to innovating and building care systems that deliver impact. Recent efforts have focused on creating scalable, sustainable systems of care leveraging the application of telehealth. Dr. Levine is driven to develop enduring relationship-supporting solutions that measurably address core challenges for those delivering and receiving health care in these challenging times. Dr. Levine always seeks to integrate two core commitments in her work: building accessible, rational, and sustainable models of care for vulnerable populations, and scaling organizations to deliver those models of care in ways that are equitable, cost-efficient, and promote provider wellness. Dr. Levine now serves as Senior Advisor to the CEO at The MAVEN Project. Dr. Levine received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and received her MD and MBA from Tufts University.

Sushma Reddy, MD, Endocrinology Volunteer, The MAVEN Project

Dr. Sushma Reddy is an endocrinologist in Fort Gratiot, MI and has over 30 years of clinical experience in the medical field. She graduated from Kakatiya Medical College in India. She is affiliated with Steady Health, a full service virtual diabetes clinic and has been a MAVEN Project volunteer since 2019.

Jocelyn Pedrosa, MD, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services in WA

Jocelyn Pedrosa, MD is the Chief Medical Officer of YNHS, having started her professional career with this Community Health Center in 1996 after completing her residency in Pediatrics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of the Philippines, College of Medicine in Manila in 1991.

Dr. Pedrosa oversees a clinical staff of inter-disciplinary providers and support staff in the areas of primary care, behavioral health, pharmacy, nutrition services, outreach and housing to support patient centered care for all the center’s patients, and particularly special needs agricultural workers, homeless, and residents of public housing in Yakima County. YNHS has eight primary care sites in metropolitan and rural settings in the Yakima Valley, including one mobile medical unit to serve rural communities without public transportation. Neighborhood Health Services is Joint Commission Accredited and was the first Community Health Center in Washington State to achieve NCQA Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition in 2011.

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