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VHC Health & Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Host First ‘Wellness in the Workforce’ Event

VHC Health, in conjunction with the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, hosted its first panel series on Wellness in the Workforce, focusing on mental health and how employers can best serve their employees in this space.

During the panel discussion, VHC Health’s Dr. Cessar Scott noted that the rise in telehealth services has provided employees with more options for seeking mental health care while reducing the stress and time required to attend in-person appointments.

“Patients are receiving the same, detailed mental health services they can expect from an in-person visit. We don’t always need to be in the same room to ensure our patients are getting the care they need, and often we can see them faster than needing to schedule appointments well in advance. It’s a win-win for all,” said Scott.

The event included a keynote speech by Elizabeth Hughes, Senior Director of Insight Region, Community Foundation, and a panel of experts who discussed innovations and critical topics within the mental health field. The panel discussion was moderated by Ann Harbor, Director, Government Affairs Virginia for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. Panelists included Megan Hodge, Human Resources Manager of Employee Well-Being, Mayo Clinic; Dr. Cessar Scott, Behavioral Health Physician, VHC Health; Bethany Demers, Mental Wellness Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools; Sandra Shaklan LCSW-C: Innovation Lead, Cigna Health Care; and Dr. Joseph Tasosa, Chief of Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente.

The Wellness in the Workforce panel series continues with a panel discussion on obesity’s impact on the workforce and how to address it.

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