COVID-19 TipsAPRIL 7, 2020 – This World Health Day, we honor the contribution of nurses and midwives, recognizing their vital role in keeping the world healthy. Nurses and other health workers are at the front lines of COVID-19 response, putting their own health at risk to protect the broader community. We extend our gratitude and support to nurses and healthcare workers as we recognize them as one of the most valuable resources of every country.

There is a Phoenix Children’s Hospital clinic on-site for residents at UMOM New Day Centers’ emergency family shelter. [CLICK HERE to read more about the Crews’n Healthmobile] The Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home is recognized by the National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and authenticates the effort to provide the highest level of care to homeless youth and young adults living in the Valley. With a mission committed to providing hope and holistic healthcare with respect and heart to homeless and at-risk youth, we’re so grateful for the partnership we have with Phoenix Children’s Hospital and other healthcare providers throughout the Valley.

In honor of World Health Day, we’d like to introduce you to a PCH Clinic Nurse Practitioner here at UMOM; meet Mykal O’Shea!

Mykal is a Nurse Practitioner with a focus on pediatrics and adolescents as part of PCH’s Homeless Youth outreach department. The PCH team has been serving the UMOM community since 2011, with Mykal  having joined the team in January. Mykal shares that she “[has] loved seeing all of the selfless work that UMOM staff put in for these families, being surrounded by truly compassionate people has been an uplifting experience.”

Mykal understands that she and the rest of the PCH team have a unique opportunity to work with vulnerable families and community members to empower them in learning about their health during at-risk times. What is so special about the care that they provide to UMOM residents is that they are able to have so many touch points- from catching up children on  vaccinations, to controlling asthma by prescribing and educating them on proper inhaler and medication use, to connecting them with our Behavioral Health team for their mental health well-being and providing confidential contraceptive care where residents might not otherwise know where to go for help.

With the COVID-19 outbreak, we are trying to limit exposures and spread, at this time. This means we are screening all patients before they come into the clinic, as well as offering tele-medicine visits (video conferencing or telephone calls) to them as well.  Mykal and her team work to bring healthy and well patients to the clinic in the mornings; those who are 18 months and younger for their check-ups and vaccinations.

For the health, safety, and well-being of the entire community, the PCH team wants to remind everyone to wash their hands with soap frequently and avoid touching their face. Please also practice social and physical distancing- meaning avoiding being around other people or groups as much as possible to limit any spread of illness.