Fidelis Care Distributes Over 60,000 School Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment Items Statewide

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NEW YORK, Oct. 12, 2020

Local health plan supports families and children during the start of the school year

NEW YORK, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Fidelis Care is helping families statewide by providing over 60,000 free school supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items. The health insurer is working with schools, local community groups, and providers to distribute resources such as face masks, hand sanitizer, backpacks, and pencil kits.

Fidelis Care Earns NCQA Health Plan Accreditation (PRNewsfoto/Fidelis Care)
Fidelis Care Earns NCQA Health Plan Accreditation (PRNewsfoto/Fidelis Care)

Streetside, Fidelis Care’s fleet of mobile offices, is also visiting local communities, providing the school supplies and PPE.

“During these unprecedented times, Fidelis Care is especially proud to support local students as the new school year begins,” said Pam Hassen, Chief Member Engagement Officer. “Whether students are learning from home or in school, their health and safety is our first priority, and we’re pleased to provide assistance on a grassroots, community level.”

From Buffalo to Long Island, and everywhere in between, Fidelis Care is connecting with schools and community organizations to help families and children.

“Long Island Head Start thanks Fidelis Care for their generous donations of school supplies,” said Ana Figueroa, Long Island Head Start Parent Supervisor. “This year may look a little different, but Fidelis Care and Long Island Head Start continue to have a shared commitment to the communities we serve.”

About Fidelis Care:

Fidelis Care is a mission-driven health plan offering quality, affordable coverage for children and adults of all ages and at all stages of life. With more than two-million members statewide, Fidelis Care believes that all New Yorkers should have access to quality, affordable health coverage. For more information, call Fidelis Care at 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547)

The union representing nurses at Backus Hospital says contract negotiations are painfully slow and put parent company Hartford HealthCare on notice Friday that a brief strike is possible in 10 days.

a sign on the side of the street: Nurses at Backus Hospital in Norwich have warned of a possible two-day strike.

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Nurses at Backus Hospital in Norwich have warned of a possible two-day strike.

The two sides have been in contract talks since June, according to an internal communication from the Backus Federation of Nurses, part of AFT Connecticut, which is bargaining on behalf of more than 400 nurses. Nurses at the Norwich hospital recently authorized a two-day strike and the notice is an attempt to ratchet up the pressure on hospital officials.

The union cited differences over personal protective equipment, pay and health insurance. It said the hospital insists it has the right to change insurance plans at any time without further negotiations and called it “clearly unacceptable.”

The nurses dispute statements by the hospital that personal protective equipment is always available. Nurses cope with shortages on every shift, the union said.

“The reuse and extended use of PPE is a work hazard and an infection control disaster in the making,” the union said.

Donna Handley, president of the hospital, said Backus will remain open if nurses walk off their job. “We are safe and we are prepared to care for you,” she said in a video.

“I am deeply, deeply disappointed in the nurses’ notification of a two-day strike,” Handey said. “I believe in my heart that we have done everything to avoid a strike.”

The hospital has met 19 times with the union and will “work around the clock to reach an agreement,” she said.

Parent company Hartford HealthCare said personal protective equipment “is — and has been — available to staff and patients 100% of the time.”

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While all workers across Canada and around the world are being affected by COVID-19, health-care workers as a group are most heavily feeling its impact. This is because of their pivotal role in the treatment of people infected with the virus and their high COVID-19 exposure as part of their job. As such, maximizing efforts to enable the health-care workforce to remain free of COVID-19 infection, and stay in good physical and mental health, is essential to the response and management of COVID-19.

Including mental health in these efforts is important. Consider the situation of many health-care workers during the pandemic: their increased workload, the moral dilemmas they may face when providing patient care, their heightened personal exposure to COVID-19 infection, and their associated worries about infecting family and household members. It’s no surprise that previous studies have shown increases in mental health symptoms among health-care workers during disease outbreaks and pandemics.

It is also important to identify workplace factors linked to mental health that can be changed. While personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection control procedures are often discussed as measures to reduce virus transmission, we also need to understand their importance in the context of mental health, especially since the mental health impacts of COVID-19 may linger beyond the pandemic.

Our team of work and health researchers recently examined the association between the perceived adequacy of PPE and infection control procedures, and symptoms of anxiety and depression among health-care workers. As reported in our paper in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, we found greater levels of mental health symptoms among workers who indicated their needs for PPE and infection control procedures were not met.

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