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COVID One Year Later: A Panel Discussion of Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead

April 20, 2021
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Event will Take Place over Zoom (see link below)

Co-Sponsored by:

The Ostapenko Center for Ethics in Medicine and Healthcare

The Mental Health Literacy Committee

COVID-19 has affected nearly every aspect of our lives over the past year. In this event, four experts will offer their perspectives on several topics of ethical significance related to the pandemic.


Lindsey Waliszewski, RN, BSN

Ms. Waliszewski served as a stepdown nurse in a primarily covid unit during the first month of the pandemic. She then shifted into a position in palliative care/hospice. She will discuss the challenges involved with caring for covid patients on the front lines.

Allana Krolikowski, MD      

Chief Medical Officer

Family Physician with Obstetrics

Jericho Road Community Health Center

The pandemic disproportionately affected many underserved communities. And while the emergency approval of several effective vaccines is a key part of recovery, there are serious concerns that many of these same communities do not have significant access. Dr. Krolikowski will discuss the importance of vaccine equity, and strategies for making vaccines available to all those who need them.

Lisa Fincher Mergi, FNP-BC

Family Care Nurse Practitioner

Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Health Center

In an effort to reduce the spread of the virus, there was an unprecedented shift to telemedicine for patients with a variety of different needs. Ms. Fincer Mergi has worked extensively in telemedicine both before and during the pandemic. She will discuss both its advantages and disadvantages, as well as what the future of telemedicine might be even after the pandemic ends.

Timothy Osberg, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Licensed Psychologist

Niagara University

The pandemic has significantly impacted mental health. In addition to the virus itself, lockdowns, isolation, and economic stresses have taken an enormous mental toll. Dr. Osberg will discuss the mental health challenges we now face, with a particular focus on the young adult population.