Confronting COVID-19

Confronting COVID-19

Get Coronavirus developments from Highmark Blue Shield, a leading health insurance provider. Hear from experts as they share information on signs and symptoms of Coronavirus, how to help keep you and your family healthy, coping with stress and anxiety, and how to make the most of these long days of social distancing. Hosted by Bonny Diver. For more information, visit _____________________ ® Highmark is a registered mark of Highmark, Inc. © 2020 Highmark Inc., All Rights Reserved. ® Blue Shield and the Shield symbols are registered service marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. Important Legal Information: This information is issued by Highmark Blue Shield on behalf of its affiliated Blue companies, which are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Highmark Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Shield and certain of its affiliated Blue companies serve Blue Shield members in the 21 counties of central Pennsylvania. As a partner in joint operating agreements, Highmark Blue Shield also provides services in conjunction with a separate health plan in southeastern Pennsylvania. Highmark Inc. or certain of its affiliated Blue companies serve Blue Cross Blue Shield members in the 29 counties of western Pennsylvania, 13 counties in northeast Pennsylvania, the state of West Virginia plus Washington County, Ohio, and the entire state of Delaware. All references to Highmark in this material are references to Highmark Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Shield and/or to one or more of its affiliated Blue companies.


July 20, 2020 11 mins
An expert pediatrician discusses the unique symptoms we’re seeing in children diagnosed with Coronavirus and how to keep your child safe as you return to the doctor.

Featuring: Joseph Aracri, DO, System Chair, Pediatrics
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Is it safe to go back to the doctor? We ask our experts how providers are protecting patients and what the new normal could look like for routine care and elective surgeries.

Featuring: Tony Farah, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical and Clinical Transformation Officer, Highmark Health and Sri Chalikonda, MD, Chief Medical Operations Officer, Allegheny Health Network
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May 14, 2020 15 mins
Hear first-hand from a Critical Care ICU Nurse about her experience taking care of Coronavirus patients – and when she tested positive herself. If you or someone you know has recovered from the virus and are interested in donating plasma to help COVID-19 patients, please contact the AHN C2P3 team at 412-858-C2P3, or
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Learn how AHN is working to keep you safe as hospitals and care sites begin to reopen. AHN’s Chief Medical Officer discusses what to expect when returning to the doctor and how the virus has changed our experience with health care.
Featuring: Don Whiting, MD, AHN Chief Medical Officer & President of the Allegheny Clinic
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May 4, 2020 14 mins
From kind messages to donations of supplies and food, AHN is extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from the communities it serves. If you’re wondering how you can give back to our AHN hospital care teams, visit or email your messages of thanks to

Featuring: Allie Quick, AHN Chief Philanthropy Officer
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May 1, 2020 17 mins
As the country re-opens, many of us might be unsure about what the best methods are for testing and Coronavirus prevention. We ask our experts about different types of tests and how to prevent a “second spike” as we navigate our new normal.
Featuring: Kymberly Gyure, MD, Chair, AHN Pathology Institute and Tony Farah, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical and Clinical Transformation Officer, Highmark Health
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April 25, 2020 15 mins
COVID’s Impact on Domestic Violence
Across the globe, domestic violence reports have surged as individuals spend more time isolated in their homes. Learn why Coronavirus has contributed to another growing crisis.
Featuring: Nicole Molinaro, President & CEO of the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
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April 24, 2020 24 mins
What is mindfulness? An expert from AHN’s Behavioral Health Institute provides insights, ways to practice it, and leads listeners through a simple breathing exercise.
Featuring: William Davis, Ed.D., Founder and Program Manager, The CHILL Project, AHN Behavioral Health
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April 13, 2020 18 mins
Extended periods of social isolation can lead to depression and anxiety. We ask a psychiatrist about ways you can improve your mood and outlook to help you cope with all the changes to your accustomed lifestyle.

Featuring: Gary Swanson, MD, AHN Psychiatrist and Patton Van Nickell, MD, System Chair, AHN Psychiatry
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April 13, 2020 16 mins
There are lots of resources you can turn to during a crisis. Learn how to support yourself - and your community even in the midst of crisis. We’ll explore how with a representative from the United Way. For help from the United Way, call 2-1-1 or visit

Featuring: Evan Frazier, Senior Vice President, Community Affairs, Highmark Health and Bobbi Watt Geer, President and CEO, United Way of Southwestern PA.
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April 13, 2020 15 mins
We welcome Highmark’s chief financial officer to discuss how to deal with unemployment, investment losses, and make the most of your family’s budget.
Featuring: Saurabh Tripathi, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Highmark Health
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April 6, 2020 18 mins
From telemedicine to Coronavirus signs and symptoms, our experts cover the basics to get you the answers you need.
Featuring: David Webster, MD, Vice President & Executive Medical Director of Clinical Services, Highmark Health and Mark Itskowitz, MD, Director, AHN Center for Perioperative Medicine
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April 3, 2020 13 mins
Hear from an emergency physician as we talk about what social-distancing and self-quarantine will really mean for you and your family.
Featuring: Arvind Venkat, MD, AHN Emergency Medicine Physician
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April 3, 2020 17 mins
Nutrition and wellness experts talk healthy meals, food safety, and finding assistance from food banks. For healthy recipe options, visit For more information about food assistance in your area, visit
Featuring: Kalli Musto and Rachel Kurtter, Registered Dietitians, Highmark Wellness Coaching
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April 3, 2020 14 mins
A family doctor explains how age, pregnancy, heart conditions, and other medical conditions can increase your Coronavirus risk — and what to do about it.
Featuring: Amy Crawford-Faucher, MD, FAAFP, Vice Chair, AHN Department of Family Medicine
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March 31, 2020 17 mins
Is working from home your “new normal?” A human resources executive shares productivity tips on how to stay focused, organized, and more.
Featuring: Elisabeth Klar, Vice President of Journey Lead Perform to Grow, Human Resources at Highmark Health
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We ask a primary care doctor about Coronavirus symptoms, when to call your doctor, drive-up testing, more.
Featuring: Mark Itskowitz, MD, Director, AHN Center for Perioperative Medicine
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March 31, 2020 17 mins
Behavioral health experts share tips on how to talk with your children about Coronavirus, coping strategies and how to ease household anxiety. For additional resources, visit Featuring: Judith Cohen, MD, AHN Psychiatrist and Tony Mannarino, PhD, Vice Chair, AHN Department of Psychiatry
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