The individual choices that we all make in the coming days, weeks, and months will have a huge impact on how this coronavirus situation unfolds. I want to encourage everyone that we will get through this together just like we do with every other national or global disaster. The most important thing you can do right now to protect yourself, your family and those we serve is to keep the virus from spreading. In a number of cities, states, and countries across the world, this means staying at home.
Some other things that you can do to help prevent the spread of coronavirus include:
Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water are not available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
Staying home when you are sick and following the 15-day quarantine order if your city or state has been mandated to do so.
Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into the bend of your elbow, then throwing the tissue in the trash and washing your hands afterward.
Cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces you touch often with a household cleaning spray or wipe like Lysol.
Following the CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask: Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID‑19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Umemba Health's Reponse to COVID-19
With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, we have had to evaluate our current processes, programs and services. Effective immediately, we are discontinuing our life coaching and health coaching services until further notice. Instead we are narrowing our services to focus solely on diabetes and chronic disease prevention and management, to include nutritional counseling.
Beginning March 30th and extending until April 30th, we will offer free virtual appointments for high-risk individuals that have screened positive for coronavirus, and that also have one of the following chronic conditions: diabetes, prediabetes, hypertension, or kidney disease. The appointments are not intended to provide definite diagnosis or treatment protocols but they will teach those affected how to self-manage their conditions and assist them in formulating a self-care plan. Appointments can be booked online.
We will continue our virtual work to provide diabetes and chronic disease education for both individuals and groups. We will do this through our monthly chronic disease workshops as well as our 4-week diabetes self-management education program. We will postpone new cohorts of the virtual Diabetes Prevention Program at this time. View our calendar of events for more information.
We are collaborating and convening with other health organizations and public health professionals to leverage our services so that we can help connect you with other services you may need. This includes virtual and in-person services.
We will continue providing continuing education to Community Health Workers, Community Health Worker Instructors, and other front-line public health professionals to help improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities. COVID-specific informational webinars will be released in the coming weeks. A list of current continuing education opportunities can be viewed at www.umembahealth.com/virtualchwtraining.
One of our goals over the next several days to weeks is to help dispel coronavirus myths and eliminate misinformation that causes distrust and public panic. To this effort, we will share important public health news and research on the latest COVID-19 developments from reputable organizations and world leaders like the ones listed below.
I look forward to continuing to serve in this virtual capacity to bring health and wellness to all. I implore us to continue to do what is needed to ensure that ourselves, our families, and our communities remain healthy and informed during these trying times. Together we can beat the coronavirus!
In good health,
CEO, Umemba Health, LLC