Dr. Jim Polo on how to talk to your kids about COVID-19
In this time of heightened anxiety, it's important to consider how we support the children in our lives. Before he came on board as Regence BlueShield of Oregon's executive medical director, Dr. Jim Polo specialized in behavioral health and child psychiatry for more than 25 years. Dr. Polo shares a few tips and resources for how to help your children cope as news about COVID-19 continues to affect our daily lives:
“When facing a situation like COVID-19, anxiety becomes heightened, especially when children pick up on our anxieties as parents, teachers and neighbors. Making time for our child’s questions and being available to talk is extremely important to helping them process and manage their stress.”
About Dr. Polo
Dr. Jim Polo is the Executive Medical Director for Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, and also leads behavioral health and substance abuse disorder efforts for the Regence Health Plans. In addition to his expertise in behavioral health, Dr. Polo brings over 25 years of experience as a practicing physician, as well as in executive leadership positions for hospitals and physician groups that specialize in medical, surgical, and pediatric services.