COVID-19 Webinars

We recognize the challenges and questions our faculty, staff and students have regarding COVID-19. We attempt to address these concerns through a series of webinars, moderated by our very own faculty members. Below, we have provided the recordings of these sessions for those who were unable to attend live, or for those who wish to share these discussions with friends, family, and community members. It is important to note that the COVID-19 pandemic is a dynamic situation. These panels are not offering medical advice. If you have concerns about your personal health make sure to speak directly to your health care provider. This is a novel virus and the information we are learning is rapidly changing. These comments are based on individual research and expertise as of the dates of their recording and do not represent the views or opinions of Stetson University. If you have any questions, please direct them to our Program Manager Chris Griffin ( | 386.822.7485)

Session 1: COVID-19 in the United States: How did we get here?

April 3rd, 2020

So much is happening at such a fast pace since the World Health Organization designated COVID-19 as a global pandemic. How did we get here? Join our panel of experts from Stetson University, Yale School of Medicine, and Rollins College for an informed update on the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States. Presenters will offer a cohesive picture of the nature of the novel coronavirus, medical interventions, the public health response, and how we can support each other. Lots of time will be available for Q&A. Open to Stetson students, staff and faculty.

        • Moderator: Dr. Sarah Cramer
        • Panelists:
            • Dr. Sean Beckmann
            • Dr. Allen Johnson
            • Dr. Asal Johnson
            • Dr. James Perlotto

Session 2: Wellness & Well-being in the face of COVID-19: Adjusting to sudden and continuous change

April 17, 2020

The outbreak and changing landscape of COVID-19 has been stressful to many. Consistent fear of viral spread and anxiety in the face of uncertainty has cultivated strong emotions that have potential to erode our health and the health of our loved ones. Many experience significant challenges completing college courses and/or working from home as the boundaries between school, work and home life have blurred. Reports of poor diet, exercise, and sleep patterns due to extended shelter-in-place orders point to deleterious health outcomes—aggravated chronic health problems, decline in mental health conditions, elevated substance abuse, and increased incidents of domestic violence. During this session, presenters will examine the mental, physical, and spiritual toll of the pandemic and provide pragmatic interventions for self-care and the care of others. Lots of time will be available for Q&A. Open to Stetson students, staff and faculty.

For the list of documents presented during this session, click here

        • Moderator: Dr. Heather Evans-Anderson
        • Panelists:
            • Dr. Leigh Baker
            • Lindsey Carelli
            • Dr. Danielle Lindner
            • Christina Kulpa

Session 3: Community Resilience: Sustaining health and well-being through times of calm and crisis

April 24, 2020

Our capacity for resilience is being put to the test on so many fronts. As individuals, families, institutions, communities, states, the nation and the world, our health security, food security, economic security and community infrastructure are being challenged. Collectively, we are waking up to what it means to be “resilient.”  When will things “return to normal?”  Or is “normal” the problem, and we should really be considering new ways to structure our lives, institutions and society?  During this webinar, we will hear from four experts on how we plan for these essential elements of health, food, economic security and community infrastructure in times of stability and times of rapid change. We will explore the types of information we need to do this kind of planning, and how effective leadership of complex organizations can guide decision-making for short-term and long-term protection of individual lives and community stability.

        • Moderator: Dr. Wendy Anderson
        • Panelists:
            • Dr. Randall Croom
            • Dr. Cathy Day
            • Dr. Danielle Devoney
            • Dr. Jason Evans