Webinars Help Parents and Caregivers Share Advice During PandemicSeptember 14, 2020
With the transition to remote work and learning that accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic,
many parents and caregivers now find themselves in the role of teacher. Recognizing
an opportunity for open dialogue and thoughtful idea sharing, Philadelphia College
of Osteopathic Medicine’s (PCOM) Department of Human Resources partnered with the Office of Diversity and Community Relations on a series of webinars. These webinars were created for participants to discuss
what they have learned during this time as well as receive advice that they can implement
into their everyday life.
To guide the conversation, the webinar included a number of questions for participants
to reflect on. From “What strategies have you implemented to ensure a smooth schedule?”,
to “What resources have you used for your children?”, these questions opened the doors
for participants to share their top tips. In response to the question, “What was your
biggest takeaway from this time period?”, Alisa Toney, who is now working at home
alongside her two children, shared, “It is important to remain flexible, nimble and
optimistic. Everyday there is a new need that must be met.”
“We are all still learning how best to manage our homes during these challenging times,”
shared Alicia Hahn-Murphy, diversity and inclusion program coordinator. “We wanted to give people an opportunity
to hear what’s working for their peers that could possibly work for them too.”
This recent round of webinars was available to the PCOM community, with two sessions
available – one for parents of young children and one for parents of school-aged children.
“Our hope is to continue these open webinars and keep the conversation and flow of
ideas open,” said Ms. Hahn-Murphy.
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