The Global Interdependence Center – Solve Long Covid Initiative Program Series: Session III: Long Covid and Children

VIDEO June 7, 2022

Speaker / Author

Megan Carmilani

Founder, Long Covid Families

Megan Carmilani is a disability advocate with decades of experience fighting for awareness and healthcare for the disabled. Diagnosed with a post-viral syndrome as a child, her lived experience as a disabled teen, adult, and parent is what drives her work. She created Long Covid Families to give children and caregivers support and guidance, with a focus on self-determination, empowerment, and equity. She incorporates the acquired skillset of living with ME, POTs, MCAS, Fibromyalgia, and other chronic conditions into her work, her parenting and her advocacy, Megan has her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, is a former reading specialist, and a mom to Anna ... Read More

Jill Fornito

Executive Director, Global Interdependence Center

Jill Fornito joined the Global Interdependence Center in 2008 as the assistant director with a broad scope of responsibilities including organizational and program management. In 2011, Jill assumed the role of director of operations, focusing mainly on the planning and execution of GIC’s domestic and international conferences. Jill was named the executive director in 2017 as she continues to oversee the daily operations of the GIC office, including development, financial administration, program coordination and communications. She is also the author of GIC’s Travel Blog. Before joining the GIC staff, Jill worked as the director of treasury for Greater Philadelphia Cares, a ... Read More

Stewart Gittelman

Former CEO of Advanced Care, Inc. (ACI)

Stewart was CEO of Advanced Care, Inc. (ACI), which he owned with his wife Nancy for 25 years. At the time of its sale in 2014, ACI was the largest, independently owned acute care home infusion provider in New York State. He sold ACI to a private equity firm in 2014 and it was subsequently sold (as part of a national platform) to a subsidiary of United Health Group (OptumRx) in 2015. At the time that Stewart sold the business, ACI consisted of approximately 180 employees and provided hi tech nursing and pharmacy coverage throughout NY state. Prior to ACI, Stewart ... Read More

Trevor Gittelman

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) Patient

Trevor Gittelman is an investor, musician and eighteen year sufferer of myalgic encephalomyelitis, which is Long Covid, but with a different origin. He is 29 years old and lives in Brooklyn, NY. ... Read More

Peter C. Rowe, MD

Director of the Children's Center Chronic Fatigue Clinic and Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins

Dr. Rowe received his BA from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and attended medical school at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He completed his residency training in Pediatrics, fellowship training, and Chief Residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was a member of the medical staff of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario from 1987-1991 before returning to Johns Hopkins. He is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. His clinical and research interests for the last 25 years have focused on medical conditions characterized by chronic fatigue. His work has emphasized the importance ... Read More