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COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned and Implications for Optimizing the Health of Rural and Marginalized Communities

Date & Time of Recording:
April 25, 2024 | Self-paced
  • On-demand video
Registration Fee:
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Additional Details
Instructional Hours:
Didactic Hours (AHEC Scholars):
Experiential Hours (AHEC Scholars):
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The COVID-19 pandemic was an unprecedented challenge for healthcare professionals and communities. This webinar will focus on the lessons learned, including challenges with healthcare access for rural South Carolinians, historical and contemporary mistrust of the medical system, the need for robust individual and family care during care transitions (e.g., hospital to home-based care), and the importance of social connections. We will highlight innovative models of care and discuss opportunities to support populations, such as young adults, that may have unique health challenges related to the pandemic.

Keywords: COVID-19, Healthcare, Social Determinants of Health, Rural Health, Rural Health Disparities, Healthcare Access


At the completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the COVID-19 related challenges faced by rural and marginalized patients and families in rural South Carolina, focusing on healthcare access and transition care.
  • Describe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social needs, family and social relationships, and related health implications.
  • Discuss innovative models of care to support patients and families during care transitions.
This program is supported by funding from the Health Equity Initiative, in partnership with the SC Office of Rural Health (SCORH) and SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC). The Health Equity Initiative is part of a national project by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), supported by funding through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Lowcountry AHEC Disclosure Statement Certificate of attendance A certificate of attendance will be awarded to participants who have completed the evaluation and post assessment requirements. Participants MUST attend 90% of the program to receive the allotted contact hours for that program. Partial credit will not be given. Conflict of Interest Disclosure Planners, faculty, and content specialists must disclose any conflicts of interest and will inform the audience of any such conflicts prior to beginning of the presentation. In order to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor at all programs, the planners/faculty must make full disclosure indicating any relationship with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers and/or corporations whose products or services are related to pertinent therapeutic area. Commercial Support Participants will be made aware of any commercial support associated with the program. Non-Endorsement of Products Neither Lowcountry AHEC nor the American Nurses Credentialing Center endorses or approves any products that may be associated with this continuing education activity. References Some references cited for speaker presentations may need subscription or membership status to access.
Credits Available
  • Social Work
    SC Board of Social Work Examiners (Non-SW)
    Credit Statement
    This program is approved for 1.25 non-social work hours of continuing education by Lowcountry AHEC, a part of the South Carolina AHEC system, as defined by the South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners.
  • Counselors and Therapist (LMFT)
    SC Board of Examiners for Professional Counselors
    Credit Statement
    This program is approved for 1.25 hours of continuing education by Lowcountry AHEC, a division of SC AHEC, under its accreditation by the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists.
  • Health Professions Student
    Area Health Education Consortium Student
    Credit Statement
    Participation recognition only: This 1.25 hour(s) program is presented by SC AHEC.
  • All Other Participants
    Area Health Education Consortium
    Credit Statement
    This program provides 0.125 CEUs by Lowcountry AHEC and meets South Carolina AHEC Best Practice Standards.
  • AHEC Scholars
    Area Health Education Consortium Student
    Credit Statement
    Participation recognition only: This 1.25 hour(s) program is presented by SC AHEC.
Locations/Participation Options

If you have questions about the credits, location/video conference information, or any other details specific to this particular program, please reach out to the contact(s) below:

  • Name:
    Jasmine Douglas
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