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Healthy Schools Townhall Webinar

Monday, September 13, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT  
Host: AIHA
By: Ally Bernstein-Talcott, Co-Owner, Step Up Advocacy; Maria Godoy, Health and Science Correspondent and Senior Editor, NPR News; Alex LeBeau, Certified Industrial Hygienist and Principal Toxicologist, Exposure Assessment Consulting, LLC; Carol Vance, Multi-Site Director for Infection Prevention , Advocate Aurora Health; and Tracy Washington Enger, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Amid news coming out every day of COVID-19 and the delta variant hitting the country hard, this Townhall-style webinar will address the problems that schools and school districts are struggling with:

  • Mandatory vaccinations for all school employees
  • Mandatory vaccinations for more vulnerable students (that is, children with disabilities, athletes)
  • Mandatory use of face masks for students (and how some states’ bans on universal indoor masking are putting children with disabilities or preexisting conditions at risk and preventing them from accessing in-person learning equally)
  • Solutions to help our nation’s aging schools’ indoor air quality

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Presenters

Ally Bernstein-Talcott
Ally Bernstein-Talcott

Co-Owner, Step Up Advocacy

Ally Bernstein-Talcott is principal and co-owner of Step Up Advocacy, a government relations firm, and executive director of [Re]Build America’s School Infrastructure Coalition (BASIC), a coalition of civic, public sector, labor, and industry associations who support federal funding to help under-served public school districts. She received her Juris Doctorate from Pace University School of Law, her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, and is a member of the Virginia State Bar Association.


Maria Godoy
Maria Godoy

Health and Science Correspondent and Senior Editor, NPR News

Maria Godoy, panel moderator, is an award-winning health and science correspondent and senior editor with NPR News. Her reporting can be heard across NPR's news shows and podcasts. She is also one of the hosts of NPR's Life Kit. 


Alex LeBeau
Alex LeBeau

Certified Industrial Hygienist and Principal Toxicologist, Exposure Assessment Consulting, LLC

Alex LeBeau is a certified industrial hygienist and principal toxicologist at Exposure Assessment Consulting, LLC in Orlando, Florida. During his career, he has assessed exposures to chemicals and biological agents and determined the degree of associated risk. He has also performed toxicological evaluations on a variety of substances. He currently serves as the vice chair of the AIHA Indoor Environmental Quality Committee.


Carol Vance
Carol Vance

Multi-Site Director for Infection Prevention, Advocate Aurora Health

Carol Vance, MSN, RN, PHN, CIC, is multi-site director for infection prevention at Advocate Aurora Children's Hospital and Interim Christ Medical Center in Park Ridge, Illinois. Vance has 16 years of nursing experience in critical care, infection prevention, diabetes education, and kidney transplant. She won the APIC Hero Award in 2015 for her program "Plastic Rounds" to decrease central line-associated infections and catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Vance serves on the board of directors for the for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). She received her BSN and RN California State University Long Beach and her MSN from Webster University.


Tracy Washington Enger
Tracy Washington Enger

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Tracy Washington Enger is passionate about improving public health through evoking the leadership that resides in all of us. In her work over the last 25 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington Enger has been dedicated to creating the safe, healthy, pristine school indoor environments that contribute to learning. She received her B.S. and M.S. in journalism from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. After graduate school, Washington Enger joined the Peace Corps, where she taught English literature and language in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Washington Enger is an alumnus of the Newfield Network international coaching program.


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