Effects of COVID-19 from cradle to career: Mental health impacts in education, child care, child welfare, and workforce development

Recorded: Thursday February 17, 2022

Webinar Speakers: Dr. Patricia Babcock, Christy Rogers, Abe Balsamo, Dr. Dora Il’yasova

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought changes to all generations, and with it, at times, uncertainty, altered daily routines, financial pressures and social isolation. People are worried about getting sick, how long the pandemic will last, whether their job will be affected and what the future will bring. Information overload, rumors and misinformation also lead to mental health impacts. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the stress, anxiety, fear, sadness, and loneliness led to various effects on public health among children, education, and people with substance abuse disorders. 

Join MTX Subject Matter Experts in Education, Child Care, Child Welfare, and Workforce Development as they discuss the various effects on public health, specifically, mental health, as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and steps that public health professionals can make to help reduce the long-lasting mental health aspects from COVID-19.

About Dr. Patricia Babcock

Dr. Babcock is a passionate, purpose-driven leader with extensive child welfare and human services experience. She also is a systems integrator and strategic thinker with a proven track record of improving outcomes and implementing data-driven decisions. 

About Christy Rogers

Christy Rogers has over three decades of K-16 education experience in designing equitable instructional systems, personalizing learning, and building career and technical education pathways to post-secondary opportunities for students as a classroom teacher, principal, career and tech director, and high school assistant superintendent of a large urban district. Effective data systems, business partnerships, and building safe and positive school cultures drive her work to ensure students graduate college, career and life ready. 

About Abe Balsamo, PAC, MPAS

Abe Balsamo, MPAS, PAC is the Director of Medicine and Health Sciences at MTX Group Inc. with 14 years of experience in Emergency Medicine. He oversees the SafeVax vaccine rollout projects, contact tracing and disease surveillance initiatives. In addition, Abe specializes in application development for iOS and Android, web design, and building innovative solutions in the medical and health space with a background in technology and business. 

About Dr. Dora Il’yasova, Ph.D., MSPH, MS

Dr. Il’yasova is a highly accomplished senior epidemiologist with more than 20 years of research experience. She focuses on biomarker- and population-based epidemiology and clinical research studies to develop and implement program outcomes and metrics. Prior to MTX, Dr. Il’yasova was an associate professor at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University and Duke University Medical School. She has authored and co-authored over 90 publications and developed the first clinical model of oxidative stress by using chemotherapy treatment with Doxorubicin as a known oxidative assault in cancer patients.