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Chip & Paulie Webinar 17 (October 21, 2020)

Chip and Paulie discussed the immense collaborative efforts and strategies adopted by pediatric practices in Atlanta to overcome challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing particularly on telemedicine, patient recall, and practice recovery planning. Additionally, they featured a sneak peek of "Vax Wars," a pro-vaccine documentary aimed at countering vaccine misinformation, underscoring its critical importance and the need for financial support to complete its production. 

Guest: Tom Finnerty

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Summary

1. **Support and Coordination for Pediatric Practices:** The Kids Health First Alliance in Atlanta, working with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the Children's Care Network, provided critical business and clinical guidance, legal and financial support, and data analytics to over 210 pediatricians. They helped practices navigate the pandemic’s challenges by organizing resources, financial supports like PPP loan assistance, and shared best practices for patient safety and office operations.

2. **Recovery and Operational Adaptations:** The alliance developed a Recovery Toolkit for managing patient care during and post-pandemic. They prioritized communication strategies to reassure parents about safety, encouraged telemedicine, and created detailed plans for recalling patients for well visits, immunizations, and chronic care management. Data-driven approaches were used to monitor and adjust patient volumes to ensure the practices' financial health.

3. **Vaccine Advocacy:** Laura Davis and Charles Greidanus presented their film "Vax Wars" during the webinar—a documentary aimed at combating vaccine hesitancy through empathetic storytelling and scientific facts. They emphasized the urgent need for funding to complete the film and leverage it as part of a broader campaign to shift public opinion towards trusting vaccines, especially amidst the misinformation exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.