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Stateside: COVID-19 patient advocacy at a distance, maintaining mental health at home

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As patients fight COVID-19 in isolation, families connect with loved ones and medical teams from afar.

Today on Stateside, families advocate for their loved ones isolated in hospitals amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Beaumont Health representative Kelly Parent weighs in on the communication options available between hospital staff and families unable to be present at their loved ones’ bedsides. Plus, how to maintain your mental health while you’re at home.

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Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

How families stuck on the outside are advocating for their loved ones with COVID-19

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Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett files this report.

  • We hear from the families of COVID-19 patients on how they’ve been communicating with their loved one—and their loved one’s medical care team—in hospitals. Sarah Hulett produced this audio feature on COVID-19 patients and their families.

Beaumont officials try to close the gap for families unable to be with COVID-19 patients

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Stateside's conversation with Kelly Parent.

  • Kelly Parent is the Vice President of Family Experience for Beaumont Health.

Staying afloat during the mental health challenges of COVID-19

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Stateside's conversation with Arash Javanbakht and Alison Miller.

  • Alison Miller is a developmental psychologist and associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. 
  • Dr. Arash Javanbakht is the director of the Stress, Trauma, and Anxiety Research Clinic at Wayne State University’s psychiatry department.
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