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

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

Wednesday, October 7, 2020: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. CT

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.

Dr. Marc Lipsitch, DPhil. Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Speakers Include:

Dr. Marc Lipsitch, DPhil.
Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Gregory Poland, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Consultant, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine & Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

Litjen (L.J) Tan MS, PhD.
Chief Strategy Officer. Immunization Action Coalition

Albert Rizzo, M.D., FACP, Chief Medical Officer, American Lung Association


Watch Recordings of Prior Town Halls

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

Dr. Tyish Hall Brown
Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Howard University College of Medicine

Ken Duckworth, MD
Medical Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness

JoJo O’Neal
On-Air Radio Personality since 1985, Founder and President of Let’s Kick Asthma Foundation, Inc.

Albert Rizzo, M.D., FACP 
Chief Medical Officer, American Lung Association

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

Juanita Mora, M.D.
National Spokesperson, American Lung Association

Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH
Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)

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.

Page last updated: September 22, 2020

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