Public Health Webinar Series

Click below to apply to be a part of the cohort by July 5th!


5 Weeks to Better Understanding Covid-19 is a webinar series running once a week from July 8th - August 5th on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The series will feature guest speakers, ranging from city officials to public health experts, educating an audience on a variety of topics pertaining to how Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) plans on reopening. The goal of this webinar series is to ensure equitable access of information pertaining to Covid-19 to members of the Greater Charlotte Area, especially students. This is to ensure that student voices are heard pertaining to policy implemented by CMS for resuming school. Participants will be provided an outlet for their ideas and will gain valuable experience in fields including but not limited to policy, medicine, education, and public health.


Our schedule is as follows:

7/8 : Safely and Equitably Returning to School in the Fall: Exploring the Options of Remote Learning
7/15: The Science Behind Covid-19: Facts vs Fiction
7/22: Mental Health and COVID-19: Gaps in Available Healthcare, Healthcare Disparities
7/29: Impacts of COVID-19 on the Economy and Job Market: Weighing the Risks of Reopening
8/5: Athletics and Covid-19: Is it Safe?

Featured Guest Speakers (with more to come)

Elyse C. Dashew

Chairperson of CMS Board of Education

Susan B. Harden

District 5 Mecklenburg County Commissioner

Gibbie Harris

Health Director for Mecklenburg County's Public Health Department


While the webinar series is open to the general public and will be live streamed on Zoom and Facebook live, highschoolers in the Charlotte area are encouraged to apply to be a part of a cohort of students who will meet weekly to discuss policy reviews and complete activities tailored to each subtopic. By the end of the series, students will have completed a policy review of guidelines implemented for reopening. The goal of this activity is to give students valuable experience in compiling information, analyzing risks and benefits of different public health guidelines, and gaining real world experience in discussing and collaborating with peers on projects with a tangible impact to stakeholders in the Greater Charlotte Area.

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