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COVID-19 focus of Northeast’s annual health conference in O’Neill

COVID-19 focus of Northeast’s annual health conference in O’Neill

O’NEILL, Neb. – A number of sessions focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic will be held during Northeast Community College’s 2021 O’Neill Health Conference.

The conference will be held Tue., June 22, from 8:30 a.m-4 p.m., in the O’Neill Community Center, 501 S. 4th Street. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:45 a.m.

Upon conclusion of the conference, will self-report an increased knowledge about COVID-19 and how it has related to heart failure and lung health, suicide awareness and mental health issues in response to the pandemic as well as an increased knowledge about COVID-19 vaccines.

Lisa Mlnarik, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, will open the conference with a session on congestive heart failure and how COVID-19 may affect heart failure. Participants will learn types of heart failure, historical findings, drug treatments, and lifestyle modifications to treat heart failure.   

Lung Health Tips in the COVID-19 Era, will be covered by Teri Erickson, MA, RCEP, CTTS. This session will look at ongoing symptoms post COVID-19, how tobacco use affects risk of the disease, tips for lung health in the COVID-19 era, FDA-approved medications for tobacco cessation, and free resources to assist patients with tobacco cessation.

A session on concerns over COVID-19 vaccines will be the last session of the morning. Jennifer Booker, RN, BSN, and Heidi Hostert, BS, CPH, will lead a discussion on the types of vaccines currently available in the United States for administration, the vaccine approval process, common COVID-19 vaccine myths and misconceptions, speaking with patients about vaccinations, and nursing home case studies.

Following lunch, Donna Wolff, president of Northeast Nebraska Suicide Prevention Coalition, will speak on, “Talk Saves Lives for Seniors.” In her presentation, she will focus on the scope of the problem that makes suicide the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, key research findings and future goals in the field, protective factors that lower a person’s risk for suicide, and methods to help prevent suicide.

The final presenter of the day, Laurie Millard, LIMHP, CPC, will discuss Post COVID-19 mental health disorders emerging from a global pandemic. Topics include the correlation between the impact of COVID-19 on mental health in the United States in comparison to other countries, mental health-related emergency room visits for children under age 18, and symptoms of post-COVID-19 stress disorder, among others.

The Northeast Community College O’Neill Health Conference has been submitted to the Midwest Multistate Division for approval to award six contact hours. The Midwest Multistate Division is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. For more information regarding contact hours, participants may call Heather Claussen, director of allied health at Northeast, at (402) 844-7334.

Pre-registration is requested by Fri. June 18, with a cost of $75. Attendance for the entire day and an evaluation at the workshop conclusion is required for contact hours.

For registration information, schedule or for additional details, visit or contact Northeast Community College in O’Neill at (402) 336-3590 or (800) 421-6322. Completed registration forms and payment may also be sent to the Northeast Community Extended Campus, 505 East Highway 20, O’Neill, NE 68763-0269.