COVID-19 Summit

COVID-19 Summit

For Healthcare Professionals

This live webinar session will take place over Zoom and is geared towards the medical community - Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners. CME credits will be offered through the St. Clair County Medical Society.

Virtual Event
February 20, 2021
8:00 am - 11:30 am

4.25 CME credits offered!
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Session Topics and Presenters

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy in mild to moderate COVID 19: The Michigan Experience
William Fales, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, State Medical Director, Division of EMS and Trauma
William Fales, MD, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician. He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He earned his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed an emergency medicine residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania.

In addition to his board certification in emergency medicine, Dr. Fales also has a board certification in emergency medical services. He serves the Department of Emergency Medicine as Chief of EMS and Disaster Medicine and as the Program Director for the EMS Fellowship program.
Covid in Nursing Homes... When an Outbreak Threatens!
Cheryl Canto, MD
Dr. Cheryl Canto, MD is a Family Medicine Specialist in Port Huron, MI and has over 32 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Far Eastern University--Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation medical school in 1989. She is affiliated with medical facilities such as Ascension River District Hospital and Lake Huron Medical Center.
Emerging Epidemiology, Issues and Initiatives from the State
Natasha Bagdasarian, MD, MPH, Senior Public Health Physician Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Dr Natasha Bagdasarian earned an MPH in molecular epidemiology, completed Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Disease fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Dr Bagdasarian has numerous peer-reviewed publications in the field of infectious diseases and epidemiology, including several publications on COVID-19.

Dr Bagdasarian consults for the World Health Organization on international outbreak preparedness and response. Since July 2020 she has served as Senior Public Health Physician at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services where she provides input on communicable diseases, outbreak and pandemic response and public health policy.
Vaccinating with Confidence: COVID updates
Annette Mercatante, MD, MPH, Medical Health Officer, St. Clair County Health Department
Annette Mercatante MD, MPH is the Medical Health Officer of the St. Clair County Health Department since 2009.

A Detroit native, she is an alumni of Michigan State University and Wayne State University School of Medicine. She completed her Family Practice residency at St John Hospital /Detroit and then worked as a private physician from 1990 until 2008. She received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in 2011.

The Health Department’s mission is: “To promote and protect public health through assessment, planning, and response so that the public can achieve optimal well being.”
Linking with Mental Health Resources in Pandemic Times and Beyond
Debra Johnson, MPA, Executive Director, St. Clair County Community Mental Health
Debra Johnson is the Executive Director of St. Clair County Community Mental Health (SCCCMH), a position she began in January, 2013. Since starting with SCCCMH in 1988 as a case manager, Ms. Johnson has held many positions ranging from Case Manager to Director.

In her professional capacity Ms. Johnson has served on the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards Health Reform Leadership Team and is the chairperson of the St. Clair County Community Services Coordinating Body. Ms. Johnson is a leader in the mental health community and an advocate for individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance use disorders. She is the 2005 recipient of the Hal Madden Award given by the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards. This award honors individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the public mental health system. Ms. Johnson is also a recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Community Supports Living Arrangements organization and recognized as the 2012 Blue Water Woman of the Year.

Ms. Johnson believes in giving back to the community and does so by serving on various community boards. Since 2003 she has been a member of the St. Clair County Child Abuse/Neglect Council board of directors and has been president for the past eight years. She serves on the board of directors of the Mid-City Nutrition Soup Kitchen and has for the past 14 years. Ms. Johnson was a founding board member of the Academic Transitional Academy in St. Clair County. Ms. Johnson has also been an active volunteer/supporter for VNA Blue Water Hospice; Sanborn Gratiot Memorial Home, Marysville Public Schools Sports Boosters, Blue Water Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes and Special Dreams Farm.

Sponsored by: St. Clair County Community Mental Health and St. Clair County Medical Society

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