Lung Association in Hawaii Hosts Community Connections Webinar on COVID-19 Long-Term Effects

The American Lung Association in Hawai’i is hosting a free, public virtual event on November 16, 2021, from 9am to 11am to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on survivors. The interactive live webinar will feature national and local experts as they share emerging trends for COVID-19 long-haulers and post-acute care, as well as lessons learned from healthcare providers who have been on the frontlines of COVID-19 care. Interested participants are encouraged to learn more and register today at

WHAT:         COVID-19 Post-Acute Care and Long-Haulers: Current and Future Challenges for Survivors

WHERE:     Online via FREE registration for public now, see below registration link

WHEN:     November 16, 2021, from 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. HST


Albert Rizzo, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, American Lung Association
As Chief Medical Officer for the American Lung Association, is the organization's senior medical authority. Dr. Rizzo has long been a key medical advisor to the American Lung Association, a member of the Lung Cancer Expert Medical Advisory Panel and a leading media spokesperson for the Association.

Alika Maunakea, PhD
Associate Professor - Epigenomics Research Program, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Having established several locally and nationally funded community-based research studies on health disparities, Dr. Maunakea is co-leading a multidisciplinary team to mitigate the adverse impacts of COVID-19 as part of the Pacific Alliance Against COVID-19 (PAAC). 

Josh Green, M.D.
Lt. Governor, State of Hawaii
Dr. Green's career started as a family and emergency room physician in rural hospitals and clinics on Hawaii island. After serving in the State House of Representatives and the Hawaii State Senate, he was elected as Hawaii’s 14th lieutenant governor in 2018. With the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020, Dr. Green was named as the state’s COVID-19 liaison and has been a leader in helping curb the spread of coronavirus in Hawaii.

Philip Verhoef, M.D.
Dr. Verhoef is a physician-scientist who divides his time between caring for patients in the pediatric and adult intensive care units at Kaiser Foundation Hospital and Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children, serving as associate program director for the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Internal Medicine Residency, and conducting research with CIHR. He also has an appointment as a clinical assistant professor of Medicine at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Jeanelle Ahuna, PA-C, AAHIV-S
Assistant Medical Director, Waikiki Health
Helping lead Waikiki Health's, a federally qualified Health Center on Oahu, COVID-19's response, Jeanelle has worked with some of Hawaii's most vulnerable populations. She joined Waikiki Health care team in 2008 and also provides Primary Medical Care to the agency's growing number of patients. 

Lee-Jacob “Coby” Torda
COVID-19 Survivor
Waikiki Bartender, Coby Torda, spent 69 days in the hospital being treated for COVID-19 after his symptoms began on March 9, 2020. He was on a ventilator, intubated in the ICU fighting for his life. It has been a long road to recovery for the 38-year-old and he is still battling respiratory problems, but he has a great outlook on life. 

HOW:     The public can learn more and register for free at

WHY: The American Lung Association is the nation’s trusted champion of lung health through its mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The Lung Association recently launched its COVID-19 Action Initiative dedicated to ending the COVID-19 pandemic and preventing future respiratory virus pandemics.

Presenting Sponsor, HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union
Gold Sponsors: PhRMA and UHA Health Insurance
Silver Sponsor: AlohaCare

For more information, contact:

Hawaii Media Contact

[email protected]

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