MINDFULCONVERSATION COVID-19 continues to cause unexpected changes across every industry, from hospitality to education to research. We asked five wellness and health care experts to join us for a candid discussion on how they’ve adapted in the face of a pandemic: B Y MORG AN WESTON | PHOTOG RA PH Y B Y B ET H M A N N
Responses have been condensed and edited for clarity. First things first. How are you? How has the way you work changed over the past few months? Dr. Taineisha Bolden I’m OK, but for the first 60
to 75 days, it was exceptionally stressful just being a parent [and] adjusting to a new way of life. But recently we’ve found new routines, I’ve stayed active, and I’ve switched [to] teaching Zumba over Zoom. Being a restaurant owner as well [she and husband Dorian Bolden own Beyu Caffe] definitely factors into the stress. Dr. Ashly Gaskin-Wasson I’ve been seeing patients
virtually, and thankfully my husband, Brian Wasson, and I have been able to take turns caring for our 21-month-old son, London. I’ve been intentionally making space for me so I can show up well for my clients and my family. Marissa Mortiboy The Partnership for a Healthy Durham took
a break from meetings in March and April to reorganize and rethink the structure of our meetings. We began meeting again in May via Zoom. Jasmine Burroughs My practice was actually my side
hustle until recently, and COVID-19 hit right when I went out on my own [with Food That Fits You]. My son, Zaire, is 2, so I’ve recently gotten into a groove where I focus some days of the week on my clients, and others with my son. It helps me stay relatable to my clients and keep balance.
AGW A challenge for me is not having administrative
DR. TAINEISHA BOLDEN
Owner/Medical Director, AccessiBull Healthcare PLLC ---------------
Nutritionist and Dietitian, Food That Fits You ---------------
DR. ASHLY GASKIN-WASSON
Licensed Psychologist, Psychological Assessment, Consultation & Therapy Center ---------------
Coordinator, Partnership for a Healthy Durham ---------------
DR. C. NICOLE SWINER Physician, Durham Family Medicine
help – I spent five hours or more in the first week just trying to ensure that my clients’ insurances covered telehealth. A few folks even paused their mental health treatment, not knowing if it would be covered. TB The way my practice is set up, my patients pay
a flat fee, so nothing is predicated on insurance reimbursement – but in many cases there weren’t mechanisms in place for telehealth, so that was a challenge for many providers.
Dr. C. Nicole Swiner Our practice did not close down,
but we originally shortened our hours so we could process and figure out how we could be humans with all this. We implemented telemedicine across the practice to pivot and continue patient care. When I get home, I shower immediately – none of my family members are allowed to touch me until I have. I would not say things have been completely disrupted, but I have definitely adapted to virtual consultations. JB
I initially paused psychological assessments, but I’m in the process of being able to offer some virtually. AGW
MM Instead of focusing on committee action
plans during meetings, we have check-ins with participants, discuss what has changed in the community and ways we can support community needs. We are also continuing our racial equity work and what that will look like when applied to the entire Partnership.
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