LIBN hosting 2-day health care forum – Long Island Business News

On December 14 and 15, Long Island Business News will debut a two-day virtual educational series on the future of the health care industry, including seminars and a panel discussion, and concluding with an exclusive post-panel networking opportunity.

The series, dubbed Long Island Health Care Forum, is powered by Hofstra University. Programming will be hosted on Zoom; recordings of each session will be shared with all registrants and LIBN subscribers.
The program is designed to offer health care experts a stage to review how 2020 has changed the face of the health care industry on Long Island and look ahead at what health care will be like in 2021 and beyond.

“This two day virtual event will be LIBN’s first foray into multi-day educational programming,” said LIBN events manager Jenna Natale. “When the concept was first considered in late September, there was an assumption a second wave was more than likely. Today, it’s clear that the assumption was valid. We are pleased to be able to offer a platform for health care experts to share with our audience their perception of what 2020 has thrown at us as a society, explore lessons learned, and reveal what processes have been developed to keep us safe as we move into 2021.”

LIBN will publish a follow-up special section in the Dec. 18 print edition of its newspaper, which will include a recap of each program session, a guide to forum speakers, and more.

The forum will kick off Dec. 14 at 10 a.m., featuring three, 30-minute educational seminars produced by health care experts. Target topics include elder care communities, technology and telemedicine, and the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on Long Island’s diverse populations. Speakers are yet to be announced.

On Dec. 15 at 12:30 p.m., LIBN Editor and Associate Publisher Joe Dowd will moderate a discussion with five key leaders in the health care community to discuss how COVID-10 impacted their industry in 2020, what lessons have been learned, how a second wave might be approached, and what changes are expected in the health care community in 2021 and beyond.

Panelists include: Dr. Patrick O’Shaughnessy, vice president and chief medical officer at Catholic Health Services; Dr. Robert Levy, partner at AFC Urgent Care – Long Island; Connie Kraft, emergency manager at Stony Brook University Hospital; Mary Mahoney, vice president of Emergency Management & Clinical Preparedness at Northwell Health; and Holly Seirup, dean of the School of Health Professions & Human Services at Hofstra University.

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To register for the post-panel virtual networking event, click here.

“The health care community has come a long way and endured so much since March 2020. I think it’s incredibly important as Long Island’s only business-to-business publication to help them provide information to our community,” Natale said.

She said sponsorship and advertising opportunities related to the program are available. She can be contacted by email at and to receive more information.

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Federal election during pandemic could turn to 2-day weekend voting: Elections Canada

Elections Canada is ramping up its plan to run a pandemic election that might come as early as this fall — a plan that could include a two-day weekend voting period instead of the traditional one-day Monday vote.

The move would help maintain physical distancing between voters and allow greater access to polling locations, such as schools, that otherwise would be unavailable, according to new information on the agency’s website

Elections Canada says it’s also working on ways to serve voters in long-term care facilities by increasing the number of voting days and tailoring the approach taken to each facility.

The agency also is considering means to meet the potential demand for mail-in ballots. For example, ballots sent in before the voting deadline could continue to be accepted until the day following the two-day weekend polling period. The agency warns, however, that an increase in mail-in voting could delay the tabulation of results.

Under the heading “approach to a possible fall election,” Elections Canada says that if an election were to be called before the proposed measures are fully implemented or passed by Parliament, the agency would focus on physical distancing and other public health measures at polling stations and elections offices, including providing protective equipment for workers.

“Given the current minority government, an election could take place at any time,” the website reads.

Formal recommendations will be put to Parliament in September after Elections Canada consults with stakeholders and surveys Canadians.

“The health and safety of all participants in the electoral process is of paramount importance: this includes electors, thousands of election workers and candidates and their workers,” the website reads. 

“As a result, Elections Canada reviewed its procedures and internal capacity in order to prepare for the delivery of an accessible, safe and secure election.”

Some of the measures already in the works by Elections Canada include:

  • Implementing physical distancing and other public health guidelines at polling places and local Elections Canada offices.
  • Buying masks and single-use pencils to be given to voters. Voters also will have the option of bringing their own masks, pens or pencils.
  • Changing the agency’s model of operations to reduce the number of workers needed in order to facilitate physical distancing.
  • Eliminating the Vote on Campus program, since most colleges and universities are delivering programs online.
  • Expanding virtual training for electoral workers to limit the number of in-person interactions.

Elections Canada said it is not considering online voting at this time.

“Implementing such a change would require significant planning and testing in order to ensure that the agency preserves certain aspects of the vote, including confidentiality, secrecy, reliability and integrity,” the website reads. “Given the current operational and time constraints, this option can not be explored properly at this time.”

The agency is now determining the cost of proposed pandemic-related changes. An estimate will be released after an assessment is complete.

Working group on COVID-19 election

Elections Canada says it is taking part in a COVID-19 election preparation working group of experts from electoral management bodies across the country, and is monitoring media reports about election issues nationally and internationally.

New Brunswick is going to be the first jurisdiction in Canada to hold a pandemic election; its vote is scheduled for Sept. 14. Officials there are expecting more people to participate with mail-in ballots. Other precautions are in place to ensure safety, such as physical distancing at polling stations.

Elections Canada also has conducted research on potential voter turnout and the uptake for various voting methods. 

As of mid-August 2020, that research suggests most Canadians would vote in person, either at a polling station (29.4 per cent) or at an advance polling station (28.6 per cent), while others (21.8 per cent) said they would prefer to vote by mail.

In an “extreme and unexpected case,” based on the advice of public health experts, the Chief Electoral Officer could determine it’s not possible to run an election in one or more electoral districts and recommend that the election be postponed.

That has never happened in Elections Canada’s history.

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