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In a weekly series of live videos, experts from Atlantic Health System are answering your questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how we're caring for our communities.

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Community Conversation: Dr. Damion Martins

When Will High School Sports Resume?

Thursday, Aug. 27 at 12:00pm — The school year is about to begin, but what’s the latest when it comes to school sports? Damion Martins, MD, answered questions about what student-athletes and parents can expect this fall season. 

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Community Conversation: Dr. Tyree Winters

Back to School Safety Tips

Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 12:30pm —  Whether it’s in-person or virtually, children will be going back to school in the fall. So how can parents keep their kids safe, healthy and ready to learn? Tyree Winters, DO, a pediatrician with Atlantic Medical Group, discussed some important tips that will help make this school year an A+. 

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Community Conversation: Dr. Mikhail Varshavski

Why COVID-19 is Increasing Among Young People

Thursday, July 23 at 12:00pm — Young adults are the fastest growing group testing positive for COVID-19 in New Jersey. In our most recent Community Conversation, Doctor Mike examined what is driving this trend and what can be done to stop it.  

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Community Conversation: Dr. Jason Kessler

What You Need to Know Now About Coronavirus

Thursday, July 9 at 12:30pm — Every day more and more crucial information about COVID-19 surfaces. So what’s the most important guidance for you and your family? Jason Kessler, MD, discussed separating fact from fiction when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Community Conversation: Dr. Christopher Zipp

How to Stay Safe this Summer

Tuesday, June 30 at 12:30pm — Is your family ready to enjoy summer – safely? In our last Community Conversation, Christopher Zipp, DO, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Morristown Medical Center, shared some important tips on summer safety, and why, as we coexist with COVID-19 – if you don’t have a family doctor – you should get one.

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Community Conversation: Dr. Damion Martins and Dr. Matthew Martinez

Important Guidelines for Returning to Sports and Activities

Wednesday, June 24 at 12:30pm — After the last few months it’s understandable we’re itching to restart our old fitness routines or get back to the sports activity we love. But there are some important guidelines to know before hitting the gym or the playing field.

During this Community Conversation, Damion Martins, MD, medical director of Sports Medicine for Atlantic Health System, team physician for New York Jets and a leading voice in the reopening of sports activities, and Matthew Martinez, MD, director of Atlantic Health System Sports Cardiology at Morristown Medical Center, will discuss the latest steps to begin organized sports across New Jersey for student athletes and some general fitness best practices for “weekend warriors” as they return to activity. 

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Community Conversation: Dr. Peter Bolo

Anxiety, Uncertainty and Coexisting with COVID-19

Thursday, June 18 at 12:30pm — Peter Bolo, MD, chairman of Overlook Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and Atlantic Health System Resiliency Advocate, discussed the importance of maintaining your mental and behavioral health as we continue to coexist with COVID-19.

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Community Conversation: Nikki Sumpter, SVP and chief human resources officer

Let's Get to Work!

Thursday, June 11 at 12:30pm — Nikki Sumpter, SVP and chief human resources officer at Atlantic Health System, discussed how you can prepare to maximize your success as we return to work in the “new normal.”

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Community Conversation: Dr. Eric Whitman

Guiding Patients with Cancer

Wednesday, June 3 at 12:30pm — Eric Whitman, MD, Medical Director, Atlantic Health System Cancer Care, shared guidance for patients with cancer as we coexist with COVID-19.

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Community Conversation: Dr. Walter Rosenfeld

Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe this Summer

Tuesday, June 2 at 12:30pm — Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health for Atlantic Health System, answered your questions in a Facebook Live about what parents need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer. 

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Community Conversation: Brian Gragnolati

Returning to a New Normal

Tuesday, May 19 at 12:30pm — Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO of Atlantic Health System, discussed how hospitals are seeing a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel and delivering safe and accessible care to every patient.

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Community Conversation: Amy Perry

3 Things About Our Hospitals You're Not Hearing in the News

Tuesday, May 12 at 12:30pm — Find out the keys to our response to COVID-19 from Amy Perry, CEO Hospital Division, SVP, Integrated Care Delivery, Atlantic Health System. 

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Community Conversation: Dr. Steven Sheris

How Visiting the Doctor has Changed Due to COVID-19

Tuesday, May 2 at 12:30pm — Dr. Steven Sheris, SVP, Physician Enterprise with Atlantic Health System and President, Atlantic Medical Group, discussed about how we're adapting to ensure public health and safety within Atlantic Medical Group practices.

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Community Conversation: Brian Gragnolati

The Path Forward Beyond COVID-19

Tuesday, April 28 at 12:30pm — Atlantic Health System President and CEO Brian Gragnolati discussed the most important issues facing health care as we move beyond COVID-19, and how our system is keeping all patients safe. 

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Community Conversation: Dr. Jan Schwarz-Miller

Atlantic Health System's Response to Coronavirus

Tuesday, April 21 at 12:30pm — Dr. Jan Schwarz-Miller, Chief Medical Officer, discussed how Atlantic Health System is continuing to care for its patients, protect its team members and plan for the future in the fight against coronavirus. 

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Community Conversation: Dr. Jason Kessler

How to Avoid Coronavirus

Tuesday, April 14 at 12:30pm — Dr. Jason Kessler, Section Chief of Infectious Disease at Morristown Medical Center, discussed Coronavirus (COVID-19), its source, how it spreads, and what you can do to flatten the curve.

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Community Conversation: Brian Gragnolati

Coronavirus in our Communities

Tuesday, April 7 at 12:30pm —  Atlantic Health System President and CEO Brian Gragnolati provided an inside look at how this global pandemic is impacting our communities. Find out what we are doing to secure the equipment, medications and therapies to care for every patient and the steps being taken to assure those on the front line are protected with proper PPE.  


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I set a reminder for this event in Facebook?

It is only possible to set a reminder if you have a Facebook account. 

  1. Click on the link for the upcoming event
  2. Log in to your Facebook account
  3. In the news feed post promoting this event, click on the button titled ‘Get Reminder’
  4. That’s it! Facebook will provide a reminder notification at the correct time with a link to the live video

How do I attend if I don’t have a Facebook account?

First, the good news is you do not need a login to watch Facebook Live.

To watch on your computer or mobile device without logging in:

  1. Click on the link for the upcoming event
  2. A new browser window will open with a description of the event 
  3. A Facebook login pop up appears, click 'not now'
  4. At the time of the event, click either the ‘image’ or text ‘ Watch live’ to watch the live video 

I have a Facebook account. How do I join the event from this website or email?

  1. Simply click on the link for the next live event at the correct time.
  2. Log in to your Facebook account
  3. Facebook will take you automatically to the live event on the Atlantic Health System Facebook Page
  4. At the time of the event, click either the ‘image’ or ‘Watch live’ text to watch the live video


Please note: There may be a slight time delay in the video starting due to the volume of people accessing the live video or if you have a poor internet connection.

I have a Facebook account. How do I join the event from the Atlantic Health System Facebook page?

There are a few options available.

Option 1 – Facebook Events
  1. Visit the Atlantic Health System Page 
  2. Select the event 
  3. At the correct time, click on the link (see example) 
  4. The video will begin when we are live

Option 2 - Videos
  1. Log in to Facebook
  2. In the search box, search for ‘Atlantic Health System’
  3. When we are live, a "Live" will appear next to the ‘Videos’ tab (located at left on desktop and above the 'About' section on mobile)
  4. The live video will be identified by the icon

Troubleshooting

I clicked the link, but the video doesn’t work.

  1. Due to a large volume of people viewing, it may take some time for the video to load and the feed may slightly lag. Give it a few minutes. If no video appears, refresh your browser. 
  2. If that doesn’t work, try one of the other connection options listed above.
  3. If the video still does not load, close your browser and try again later. A recording of the video will be available on this web page shortly after the event.

I can’t hear any audio

  1. If the audio doesn’t work this may be a setting on your computer or mobile device. Check to be sure your speakers are on and the volume is turned up.
  2. At the base of the video onscreen, click on the speaker icon and slide the slider to increase the volume.

Submit Your Question

Please fill out the form to submit your question. We appreciate your submission and will do our best to address as many questions as possible during our events. 

If you have a medical question about COVID-19, please contact Atlantic Health System's COVID-19 Community Support Line at 1-862-260-3199 or your primary care provider directly. If you are having a medical emergency, please call 911.

Please note this form is for North American residents only.