Denée Crumrine
Highmark Delaware

Hiran Ratnayake

Highmark Delaware and ChristianaCare Partner in Special Event to Provide Expert COVID-19 Health Advice for Teachers and School Administrators

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware is pleased to announce it will be hosting a back to school webinar in partnership with ChristianaCare on September 2, called “Back to School & Supporting Your Positive Well-being in the ‘New’ School Year.”

“Knowing that the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for schools, Highmark Delaware and ChristianaCare are joining forces to ensure resources for health and wellness are readily available,” said Nick Moriello, President of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. “We look forward to hosting this webinar with our colleagues at ChristianaCare and engaging with our community on this important topic.”

This free and public webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 2, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Those interested in attending should register here:

We encourage participation from education professionals, educators, nurses and others who provide direct support to students.

“At ChristianaCare, our mission is simple: We take care of people,” said Janice E. Nevin., M.D., MPH, president and CEO of ChristianaCare. “One of the many ways we’ve been caring for the people in our community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been to provide them with timely, accurate information that they can trust, so that they can stay safe and be healthy. We’re pleased to partner with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware to support the educators in our community.”

The webinar will feature experts from ChristianaCare, provide an update on COVID-19 from infectious disease experts, and discuss ways to manage mental well-being as Delaware heads back to school. The panel of experts will include:

  • Cydney Teal, M.D., Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine.
  • Marci Drees,  M.D., Chief Infection Prevention Officer.
  • Vanessa Downing, Ph.D., Director, Center for WorkLife Wellbeing.
  • Suzanne Bauer, PsyD, Esq., Clinical Psychologist.
  • Mary Williams, R.D., Registered Dietitian.
  • Stephen Eppes, M.D., Director, Pediatric Infectious Disease.
  • Karen Antell, M.D.,  Medical Director, School-Based Health Centers.

If members of the community would like to submit questions for the panelists to answer, please email them to by Monday, August 31.


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About ChristianaCare

Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, ChristianaCare is one of the country’s most dynamic health care organizations, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of primary care and outpatient services, home health care, urgent care centers, three hospitals (1,430 beds), a freestanding emergency department, a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women’s health. It also includes the pioneering Gene Editing Institute.

ChristianaCare is nationally recognized as a great place to work, rated by Forbes as the 2nd best health system for diversity and inclusion, and the 29th best health system to work for in the United States, and by IDG Computerworld as one of the nation’s Best Places to Work in IT. ChristianaCare is rated by Healthgrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals and continually ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and other national quality ratings. ChristianaCare is a nonprofit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. With its groundbreaking Center for Virtual Health and a focus on population health and value-based care, ChristianaCare is shaping the future of health care.

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware serves approximately 441,000 members through the company’s health care benefits business. It is an influential company in the market generating an economic impact of $135 million and supporting more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs across the state. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit