Community volunteers launch the “CoronaDoc” information program
San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) is pleased to announce CoronaDoc, a confidential volunteer program to help local employers, agencies, schools and other organizations educate their employees / members about COVID-19 and best practices in prevention, spread reduction, treatments, upcoming vaccine distribution, and more. The program focuses on short presentations given by healthcare professionals, followed by question-and-answer sessions for participants.
The program is endorsed and supported by SJBPH but implemented by volunteer administrators and physicians. Americans are less likely to trust the medical profession than people in many other countries, but they often hold their own local doctors in high regard, according to a report from the Harvard School of Public Health.
âThe concept was introduced to us by longtime locals Jack Turner and Dr Joe Murphy,â said SJBPH Executive Director Liane Jollon. âThe goal is to offer professional medical information about the coronavirus and to answer questions from frontline managers, employees and others. “
SJBPH and other partners are providing COVID-19 data and information on a variety of COVID-related topics, such as public health orders and advice, quarantine and isolation, where to get tested and where to find resources. Having quick access to healthcare professionals through the CoronaDoc program will provide a valuable link for those with concerns or questions.
âTV, social media, friends and acquaintances are the main sources of information about what the coronavirus is and what it does,â says Turner, who developed the CoronaDoc program. “Our thought was that most people could benefit from and be reassured by a medical expert rather than relying on something Uncle Marvin heard at the hardware store.”
Free presentations last approximately fifteen minutes with an additional fifteen minutes allocated for questions from participants. The program is confidential and non-judgmental. âWe are not a reporting or law enforcement agency. We don’t even share companies or organizations that participate in the program unless they give us permission, âTurner said.
Volunteers will also demonstrate the locally developed âAidToAllâ financial aid application by Matt Taylor at the end of each CoronaDoc presentation.
âWe are really excited to partner with community volunteers to provide an additional source of information about the virus and the pandemic,â Jollon added. “With the proliferation of information, including, unfortunately, disinformation, around the world, we hope that businesses and community organizations take advantage of this program, hear from a respected local doctor, and receive financial support so that we can all go through winter as a community.
For more information or to schedule a presentation, register via the CoronaDoc form here.
For more information on the COVID-19 pandemic, see: https://sjbpublichealth.org/coronavirus/