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The past two years of pandemic COVID-19 have put a large burden on primary care practices and have required the most expensive public health response in US history. This response has left public health in a position of budget shortfalls and loss of public trust. As COVID-19 becomes an ongoing seasonal part of routine primary care, clinicians will need to be prepared to identify the condition, treat its sequelae, and appropriately utilize a limited supply of medications. We will cover the future of the public health response, vaccination access for small clinics, long COVID symptoms, and the new antiviral medications.
Dr. Brignall is a 1999 graduate of Bastyr University. He has worked in several settings, including hospital-based and outpatient cancer clinics, teaching clinics, and private primary care practice. Since March of 2020, he has been working half time on the COVID-19 response team at his local health department in Tacoma/Pierce County. Most recently, he developed a pilot test-to-treat program for underserved populations that is being adopted for use throughout the state of Washington. Throughout his career, he has focused on promoting evidence-based care standards and equitable care access in the naturopathic community.
**This presentation is worth 1 Category 1 CE credit, including 0.75 Pharmacology credits for Washington NDs.**
Originally presented October 16, 2022, at WANP's CONNECT 2022 conference.