Virtual Town Halls
Linn County Public Health is hosting virtual town halls to provide the community with accessible information about COVID-19. The virtual town halls are open to the public. Sign up for Front Page News notifications or watch our social media accounts for more information.
COVID-19 Community Topics
Make It OK
The June 19 virtual town hall focused on Make It OK, a community campaign to reduce stigma by starting conversations and increasing understanding about mental illness.
Carol Meade, a Make It OK Planning Representative, and Christy Aquino, St. Luke’s Hospital Employee Assistance Program Coordinator & Clinical Social Worker provide information and answer questions during the virtual town hall on how the Make It OK campaign is a valuable resource for community members at all times, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about the Make It OK campaign, visit MakeItOK.org/Iowa.
The June 12 virtual town hall focused on general housing information, tenant rights, identifying housing discrimination, eviction prevention, and resources available due to the impact of COVID-19.
The question and answer format included Stefanie Munsterman-Scriven with the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission, J’nae Peterman with Waypoint, Kim Eiler with Affordable Housing Network, Inc., Lisa Gavin with Iowa Legal Aid, Tracey Achenbach with ECICOG/Housing Fund of Linn County, and Sara Buck with the City of Cedar Rapids.
The May 15 virtual town hall focused on reopening safely in Linn County. The question and answer format included Ana Stomp from the City of Cedar Rapids, Dr. Cindy Hanawalt from UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s Work Well Solutions, Nick Glew from Marion Economic Development Corporation, and Tricia Kitzmann from Linn County Public Health.
The May 8 virtual town hall focused on COVID-19 testing. The question and answer format included Dr. Leslie Greenlee and Julie Behr from UnityPoint Health Cedar Rapids, Heather Meador from Linn County Public Health, and Dr. Matt Aucutt and Stacy DeMoss from Mercy Cedar Rapids.
Personal Finance, Employment, and Legal Needs
The May 1 virtual town hall focused on personal finance, employment, and legal needs related to COVD-19 and the resources available in the community. The question and answer format included Kelzye Bedwell from Horizon’s Financial Health and Wellness Program, Mike Witt from Iowa Workforce Development, Lisa Gavin from Iowa Legal Aid, and Jane Drapeaux from HACAP
Guidance for Businesses
The April 24 virtual town hall focused on guidance and information for businesses related to COVD-19 and the resources available in the community. The question and answer format included Linn County Public Heath’s Clinical Services Supervisor Heather Meador, RN, BSN; Food and Aquatic Safety Supervisor Dustin Hinrichs, MA, REHS; City of Cedar Rapids Economic Development Manager Jasmine Almoayyed; and Alliant Energy Senior Emergency Preparedness and Response Specialist Lacey Hogan as panelists.
Mental Health & COVID-19
The April 17 virtual town hall focused on what individuals can do to improve their mental health and the mental health resources available in the community. The question and answer format included Drew Martel from Foundation 2, Maggie Hartzler from Tanager Place, Christy Aquino from UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids, and Kathy Koehne from the COVID-19 Mental Health Branch as panelists.
Community Measures to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19
The April 10 virtual town hall focused on communicable disease control and community measures to reduce transmission of COVID-19. The question and answer format included Linn County Public Heath’s Clinical Services Supervisor Heather Meador, RN, BSN; Food and Aquatic Safety Supervisor Dustin Hinrichs, MA, REHS; and UnityPoint Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dustin Arnold as panelists.