In the wake of COVID-19, we’ve made it a priority to monitor recent developments, share new findings and support Americans with the science-based information and resources you can trust. The American Lung Association’s virtual COVID-19 Town Hall Series is bringing top health experts together to raise awareness about the effects of COVID-19 and discuss the health impact of the pandemic on all Americans. Learn more about each Town Hall below and register to join us live or receive a link to a recording.

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Disparities in COVID-19: Unjust, Unacceptable & Correctable

Wednesday, December 9, 2020: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. CT

The time is now to address health inequities. Differences in health status, along with barriers to accessing healthcare, contribute to racial and ethnic minority groups experiencing increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19. Join us as top experts discuss how the pandemic highlights many long-standing disparities in health outcomes and offer up actionable steps that would protect all Americans where they live, work and play. 

 

Expert panelists:

Johnny A Smith, Jr. MA, American Lung Association Board Director, Chair, Public Policy Committee Moderated by: Johnny A Smith, Jr. MA, American Lung Association Board Director, Chair, Public Policy Committee
Steven T. Lopez Manager, Health Policy Project
Alicia Fernandez, M.D., Professor of Medicine at UCSF general internist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Alicia Fernandez, M.D., Professor of Medicine at UCSF general internist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General
Donald J. Alcendor, PhD., Assistant Professor of Cancer at Biology Meharry Medical College, Co-Director CC-SWG, Adjunct Associate Professor of Cancer Biology at Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine Donald J. Alcendor, PhD., Assistant Professor of Cancer at Biology Meharry Medical College, Co-Director CC-SWG, Adjunct Associate Professor of Cancer Biology at Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine

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Scheduled the first Wednesday of the month at 3 pm Central

The Great Disrupter: A Patient Panel on COVID-19 (January 7, 2021)

COVID-19 Long Haulers: The Road to Recovery (February 3, 2021)

COVID-19 One Year Later: Research Milestones (March 3, 2021)

Watch Recordings of Prior Town Halls

COVID-19 Recovery: The Path Forward

Recovery from COVID-19 can be a lonely, long process affecting all aspects of daily life, and it highlights the importance of having quality and affordable healthcare. Health challenges, financial hardship, social strain and access to treatments for aftercare should be considered during this journey. Please join as we discuss recent updates on symptom-based strategies, aftercare resources, and the importance of access to quality and affordable healthcare to help those recovering from COVID-19.

 


COVID-19 and Vaccines: Clinical Trials, Immunity and Immunization

The phrase “restrictions in place until we have a vaccine” has become a common closing statement when announcing social distancing measures. We all collectively hope for the creation of a vaccine to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Join us as top experts review how to achieve active immunity, the science behind vaccine trials and current thoughts on how to mobilize resources for distribution once a vaccine exists.

 


COVID-19 and Mental Health: Spatial Distancing, not Social Distancing

The limiting of face-to-face contact with others has helped reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Yet the physical distancing required to keep the virus at bay may invite unwanted emotions such as loneliness, anxiety and feelings of helplessness. Join us as top experts review coping strategies and techniques to manage your mental health while maintaining your physical health.

 


Air Quality and COVID-19: Connections, Health Impacts, and Racial Disparities

This webinar discusses the preliminary implications of findings that suggest higher death rates of COVID-19 in individuals who have faced long-term exposure to poor air quality (PM 2.5). It also focuses on the findings that communities of color, especially African Americans, are especially at risk from the health impacts of both air pollution and COVID-19. Speakers include researchers and experts from both the health and public policy perspectives working to understand and combat these synergistic health threats.

 


Demystifying Testing for COVID-19

There are two kinds of tests available for COVID-19; a viral test which tells you if you have a current infection while an antibody test tells you if you had a prior infection. Across the country, there are differences in how states are rolling out testing procedures, discrepancies in who has access to get tested and misinformation about what the test results mean. Join us as top experts review testing trends, what those results mean, and opportunities on the horizon.

 

The COVID-19 Town Hall Series is part of our COVID-19 Action Initiative, sharing resources and support to all Americans.

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