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Below are the Youtube videos of the recordings of our past COVID-19 information sessions. These information sessions are held each Tuesday, 10:00 am - 11:00 am via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/884298617

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At the week’s COVID-19 information session, we welcomed a special panel of Kentucky religious leaders to talk about creative ways to reopen to in-person experiences while keeping communities safe and healthy. Listen to their unique perspectives, moderated by Interfaith Paths to Peace, about how religious communities in Kentucky are responding to the challenge and the opportunity of reopening places of worship.


At this week's COVID-19 session, we welcomed guest speaker Ben Reno-Weber, Director of the Microsoft Future of Work Initiative. While much of our regular routine has been on pause since March, Ben shared why we must not return to “normal”. Ben, a long-time social and technology entrepreneur, encouraged us to take this time to evaluate possible long-term opportunities and led a discussion on how we can make positive changes in sectors that have been upended by COVID-19.


At this week's COVID-19 session, we hosted a panel discussion with experts from a cross-section of healthcare services, including oncology, dentistry, acupuncture, and long-term care. As the first industry to re-open, this healthcare panel shared what their respective fields are doing to keep patients, especially the most vulnerable, safe, and well-cared for. Panelists also discussed the lessons learned so far in the healthcare reopening experience including insights on visitations, symptom checks, and creative ways healthcare services are dealing with the aerosolized nature of COVID-19.


At this week’s COVID-19 information session, we were thrilled to welcome guest speakers Dr. Vicki Hines-Martin of the University of Louisville School of Nursing and Dr. V. Faye Jones of the University of Louisville School of Medicine for an exploration into the health disparities related to COVID-19 experienced by the African American community. We discussed the intersecting, systemic issues in our healthcare system and social structures that result in African Americans dying at a higher rate from COVID-19. This session also looked at this situation through the broader conversation about systemic health disparities and cumulative inequality over the life course - and the need for health equity in order for our community to fully heal from this pandemic.

Tuesday June 2, 2020

We were excited to welcome guest speaker Stacy Roof, President & CEO of the Kentucky Restaurant Association, to speak on the topic of restaurants re-opening in Kentucky. Per the Kentucky Governors re-opening schedule, restaurants in Kentucky were allowed to open at 33% capacity on May 22nd. Stacy Roof shared how Kentucky's restaurants are handling this re-opening phase and the creative precautions they are taking to preserve the safety of their community. The conversation also included tips for individuals looking to stay safe while enjoying their local restaurant scene.

Tuesday May 26, 2020

At this week’s COVID-19 information session, we were joined by Dr. Ted Smith, associate professor of environmental medicine and Deputy Director of the Envirome Institute at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Smith lead a conversation exploring the Co-Immunity Project, including the project’s history and its potential implications for public health as we re-open our communities. He shared the various ways the project is assessing community-level immunity against COVID-19 in order to help chart a path out of our current situation. This interactive session also explore questions relating to the possibility of protective immunity, the danger of false positives, and underreporting of COVID cases. Dr. Smith encouraged any healthcare workers who would like to be part of the study to visit the project’s website at: https://lhccinc.com/the-co-immunity-project/. Also, Dr. Laura Morton of the U of L Trager Institute gave an update on changes to hospital visiting policies, as well as general updates about the Optimal Aging Clinic. 

Tuesday May 19, 2020

At this week’s COVID-19 information session, we were joined by two members of the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Special Victims Unit: Sgt. Scott Shafer of the Senior Crimes Victims Program and Sgt. James Clark of the Domestic Violence Unit. These guest speakers shared what they have seen as the impact of COVID-19 on elder abuse in their jurisdiction. The group discussed a variety of prominent financial scams that many older adults might be susceptible to during this period, such as fraudulent caller IDs, contractor scams, and door-to-door scams. We also discussed the reduced rate of reported physical elder abuse and domestic violence since February, which the speakers attribute to potential underreporting of cases as victims may feel less able to report abuse while they are sheltering at home with the perpetrators. During this interactive conversation, the group shared a variety of resources for reporting elder abuse and for protecting ourselves against financial scams.

 Tuesday, May 12, 2020

At this week’s COVID-19 information session, we welcomed guest speaker Victoria Elridge, Commissioner of the Department for Aging and Independent Living at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Commissioner Elridge led an interactive conversation on the work of her department is doing during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that older adults in Kentucky continue to receive long-term services and supports such as in-home services, meal deliveries, and person-centered services. The group discussed the services that are available to older adults and families, and how to access the services to ensure older adults receive the critical supports they need to continue aging-in-place during this time. We also discussed strategies for how community-dwelling older adults can stay safe during the re-opening phase and ways to ensure we can stay socially connected during this time.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

At this week’s COVID-19 information session, we welcomed guest speaker Karen Freberg, PhD for a conversation about how to be a savvy social media consumer during the COVID-19 pandemic. With so many competing versions of information spreading through social media, it can be challenging to know who and what to trust. Dr. Freberg, who researches social media and crisis communication at the University of Louisville, discussed how individuals can guard against fake news, scams, other misleading information that are exploiting the fear and confusion during the current pandemic. Dr. Freberg also shared ways organizations and providers can help disseminate reliable information.

Our Medical Director Dr. Christian Furman shared updates on the current phase of healthcare service reopening, and especially what the reopening looks like at our Republic Bank Foundation Optimal Aging Clinic.

Social Media Resources for Individual and Organizations

If you have questions about savvy social media use or if you are an organization with looking for more resources, contact Dr. Freberg at [email protected] 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

With the current spike in COVID-19 cases in Kentucky nursing homes, residents, staff, and families need to understand how to protect residents’ rights during this uncertain time. We explored this topic at this week’s COVID-19 information session with Sherry Culp and Natalie Brown-Radtke of the state and KIPDA region Ombudsman programs. They discussed the challenges facing the rights of residents in long-term care facilities as well as the ways the Ombudsman program is advocating for and supporting both residents and staff. In addition to a quick overview of the Ombudsman program itself, Culp and Brown-Radtke shared a summary of CMS COVID-19 waivers for nursing homes and what this means for residents’ rights.

Our Medical Director and Kentucky Governor’s Long-Term Care Task Force committee member, Dr. Christian Furman, shared an update from the task force regarding guidelines for long-term care facilities.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

We were joined this week by Dr. Tara Schapmire, who led a discussion on the topic: Loss and Grief during the Coronavirus Pandemic. She explored the challenges that we are all facing with particular attention to the experience of older adults. As part of this conversation, Dr. Schapmire discussed the nature of grief and how we experience this emotion at both individual and collective levels right now. She also shared that the social isolation older adults may experience can increase the possibility of anxiety or depression. Dr. Schapmire provided several grief management strategies including setting a routine, daily social interaction (calls, text, video chat), journaling, going for walks if able, mental counseling (individual or group), staying informed but limiting social media, having dedicated time to grieve, and being intentional with your self-care.

Our Medical Director, Dr. Christian Furman, shared announcements from UofL Health and the Republic Bank Foundation Optimal Aging Clinic, including updates on masking policies and possible antibody tests. We are proud to share that both Dr. Furman and Dr. Laura Morton are both serving on Governor Beshear’s long-term care task force.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

As part of National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 15, our session this week focused on Advance Care Planning during COVID-19 crisis. We were joined by several University of Louisville experts who shared what we need to know about advance care planning during this uncertain time, including recent COVID-19 specific goals of care. While this topic can be difficult, it is very important that we have conversations about our end of life values and wishes so that they can be known and honored. Our conversation this week shared resources for advance directives, including the MOST form, as well as strategies for having this conversation with our loved ones and patients. Members of this team are on the Kentucky Governor’s telehealth task force as well as the board of the Kentucky Society of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

Guest Speakers:

  • Christian Davis Furman, MD, MSPH, AGSF, Margaret Dorward smock Endowed Chair in Geriatric Medicine; Professor, Geriatric & Palliative Medicine; Medical Director UofL Trager Institute
  • Angela Leinenbach, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, Assistant Professor, UofL School of Nursing; UofL Trager Institute
  • Justin Magnuson, ICCOA & Project ECHO Coordinator, MOST Coalition Liaison, UofL Trager Institute 
  • Laura Morton, MD, CMD, Associate Professor; Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine; John C. Wright MD Endowed Professor on Aging; Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship; Director, Long Term Care Program, University of Louisville 

TUESDAY, April 7, 2020

In this week's session, we were joined by guest speaker Dr. Paul McKinney, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information SciencesProfessor and Associate Dean for Research; Director of the UL Center for Health Hazards Preparedness; Director, Clinical Investigation Sciences Program. Dr. McKinney explored the lessons we might learned from the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918-19 during the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020. As part of this discussion, Dr. McKinney explored the similarities and differences between the two pandemics, including ages most affected, local and federal public health responses, the global contexts, and the reasons for a second wave of the Spanish Flu. The session also addressed new mask guidelines for both healthcare workers and the general population, as well as discussed questions about developing understandings of new interventions and immunity. 


This week we welcomed guest speaker Emily Beauregard, MPH, Executive Director of Kentucky Voices for Health. An expert in health coalitions and advocacy efforts, Emily shared resources and information relating to public assistance programs in Kentucky in light of the COVID-19 crisis and the impact of both the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” and the “CARES Act” on Kentucky, as well as opportunities for advocacy during this time. Our Medical Director, Dr. Christian D. Furman, shared an update on polices for treating patients within the UofL Health system, as well as updates on mask policies and a new drive-through testing available to ULP patients. If you know or experience any barriers to care or issues with Medicaid/benefit enrollment, please contact Emily Beauregard at [email protected].

Kentucky Voices for Health Public Assistance Program Resources During COVID-19:


 TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020 

In this week’s session, we were joined by guest speaker Ruth Carrico, Ph.D, FSHEA, RN, CIC, UofL School of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases. She provided an overview of the efforts being taken by UofL Health and the larger health system in Louisville to monitor the virus and to protect the health of the healthcare workforce. 

Other speakers: 

  • Christian Furman, MD, Medical Director of the Republic Bank Foundation at the UofL Trager Institute - provided update on the procedures for clinic patients on how to access their providers
  • Barbara Gordon, MA, Director of Community Engagement, UofL Trager Institute - shared an update on the continuing services available to older adults through the Area Agencies on Aging in Kentucky.
  • Erica Osborne, Program Manager, UofL Trager Institute - shared several programs and resources available through the UofL Trager Institue that include support programs for caregivers and PEARLS, a program that helps individuals 60+ alleviate depressive symptoms.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 

The University of Louisville Trager Institute hosted its first free, virtual information session addressing pressing questions about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), with a particular focus on older adults and individuals with chronic diseases. This session included updates on COVID-19, resource information, and practical strategies on dealing with the current crisis from the following individuals: 

  • Christian Furman, MD, Medical Director of the Republic Bank Foundation at the UofL Trager Institute
  • Joseph D'Ambrosio, PhD, JD, LMFT, CSW, Director of Wellness at the UofL Trager Institute
  • Pam Yankeelov, PhD, Director of Research at the UofL Trager Institute