Relationships are VITAL to Health:
The Impact of COVID-19 and How You Can Help
This short and practical paper explains how relationships are vital to health, and what you can do as a health provider to help children and families be healthy in the face of physical distancing, and increasing stress.
The fear and social isolation associated with COVID-19 have worsened existing chronic stressors, as well as created new ones for families who are experiencing new kinds of adversity. People are feeling isolated and alone and have less emotional support than they did prior to the pandemic. Relational health can buffer the impact of the pandemic and other recent events, and health providers can play a key role in using this science to help pediatric patients and their caregivers. The paper also includes strategies you can use to reduce the risk of child maltreatment.
Using Relational Health During the Pandemic to Help Prevent Toxic Stress in Your Child, Patients, and Clients (View/Download Here)