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Tired, Takeaways, & Transformation: The Impacts Of The COVID-19 Pandemic & Shifts In National Health Policy

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Tired, Takeaways, & Transformation: The Impacts Of The COVID-19 Pandemic & Shifts In National Health Policy

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the mental health and well-being of many Americans. Studies have shown that nearly half of Americans expressed that they are feeling a decline in their mental health since the novel Coronavirus arrived in the U.S. Health experts believe that the economic effects, increased isolation, increased anxiety and depression as a result of COVID-19 will have long-term impacts on the mental health care delivery system.1 Shifts in National Policy is also key to understanding how the care delivery system is transforming at the same time the rate of change is significantly increasing.

During this webinar, the panelists will be discussing:

  • The short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19
  • What change trends have accelerated during the pandemic
  • How National Health Care Policy can implement change to improve the care delivery system


  1. Nirmita Panchal, R. K., & 2021, F. (2021, April 14). The Implications of COVID-19 for Mental Health and Substance Use. Retrieved from https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/issue-brief/the-implications-of-covid-19-for-mental-health-and-substance-use/

Sharon Hicks, MSW, MBA*, Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS
Sharon Hicks, OPEN MINDS Senior Associate, has more than 20 years of experience in the health and human service field. She has extensive experience and wide range of expertise in health plan management, in clinical operations management, and technology. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Hicks spent two decades in a number of executive positions within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) system and within its health plan division. Ms. Hicks served as the Chief Operating Officer for Community Care Behavioral Health, a managed behavioral health organization. She was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s operations including fiscal, information systems, the claims processing department, and the design of clinical systems. In addition, Ms. Hicks managed the day-to-day operations of including human resources, facilities, purchasing, and security. Ms. Hicks received both her Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Social Work degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Before pursuing her graduate education, Ms. Hicks received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

Joseph Cirrincione, PharmD, MBA, Senior Managed Market Liaison, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.


  • Sharon Hicks, MSW, MBA

    Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

  • Joseph Cirrincione, PharmD, MBA (OPDC)

    Sr. Managed Market Liaison

Sharon Hicks, MSW, MBA is a paid consultant of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. Joseph Cirrincione, PharmD, MBA, is an employee of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.

Please note: Due to high levels of interest, please access this webinar via your computer.


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