December 11, 2020
Update from Dr. Robert Falcone with Dr. Mysheika Roberts and Dr. Miller Sullivan
This week, Dr. Falcone sat down with Dr. Mysheika Roberts, the Health Commissioner of Columbus Public Health, and Dr. Miller Sullivan, the Medical Director of Franklin County Public Health.

They discussed the status of our Hospitals, the number of cases in our city and county, the new ODH rules for the quarantine of exposed health care workers, and vaccine prioritization.
Together Counts - Mindfulness with Phil Cass & Dining In with Dr. Anita Somani
We're back with our "Together Counts" series that's aimed at helping our Central Ohio community better understand all the information floating around about COVID-19.

This week we have two great videos!

The first is with Phil Cass, Ph.D., the current head of the Physicians Leadership Academy (PLA). Phil provides some mindfulness tools like deep breathing and gratitude as a way to cope during this prolonged pandemic.

Second, we have Dr. Anita Somani, a local OB/GYN. Dr. Somani talks about the potential dangers of dining in restaurants during the pandemic and offers fun alternatives/tips that still support local restaurants and provide a virtual connection with friends.

Please share these videos with your patients, family, friends, or colleagues and help us spread the word!
Policy & Politics Update - December 11, 2020
The CMA's Public Policy consultant, Malcolm Porter, is back this week to go over what's happening during this lame-duck session. With 4 legislators so far testing positive for COVID-19 the schedule for the remaining year is up in the air.

Check it out!
Evening of Culinary Medicine: Simplifying Holiday Menus During a Pandemic - Tuesday December 15 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Holiday meal planning uncertainty?
Need one less thing to worry about?

Join the CMA for our latest Culinary Medicine Event: Simplifying Holiday Menus During a Pandemic. Chef Laura Robertson-Boyd will go over how to prepare a small holiday meal for immediate family.

The menu will have salmon, fingerling potatoes and asparagus cooked all in the oven at the same time.
Public Health Advisory Update
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Ohio Department of Health recently shared guidance to reduce the duration of quarantine for close contacts to COVID-19.

Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health jointly endorse the following updated guidelines related to quarantine.

Shortening the time of quarantine may lessen the burden on close contacts and may improve community compliance.
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We have some new and returning members that recently joined the Columbus Medical Association! Learn who they are below and be sure to welcome them to the CMA community!
Patrick B. Doyle, MD
General Family Medicine
American Health Network
John M. Weigand, MD
Family Medicine
Central Ohio Geriatrics
Steven Reitz, MD
General Surgery
Central Ohio Surgical Associates
Brian Biernat, MD
Center for Surgical Dermatology
Liz Potocnik, MD
Women Physicians in OB/GYN
Angela G. Rouse Scharschmidt, MD
Mount Carmel

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