Safety guidance evolves as COVID-19 infection rates drop in some communities but new variants ravage others. If you’re confused by seemingly constantly changing information, you’re not alone.

Get answers to your pandemic-related questions in a new Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) webinar. Join us Thursday, May 27 for “COVID-19 Updates with PHA’s Task Force.”

The PHA Live event will feature a discussion about vaccines, virus variants, safety recommendations and more. Speakers include Michele Freeman, M.S., N.C.C., L.P.C.; Mardi Gomberg, M.D.; Fran Rogers, M.S.N., CRNP; and Thenappan Thenappan, M.D. The discussion will begin at 5 p.m. EDT.

PHA’s COVID-19 Task Force includes experts from our PH Professional Network, Scientific Leadership Council, PHA staff, patients and caregivers. The task force will meet regularly as long as the pandemic remains a threat to the health of our community.

The task force aims to develop education materials for the PH community adapted from authoritative COVID-19 information. Those sources include the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health and Human Services Department, Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health.

The task force also will address special topics like mental health self-care through webinars or education materials.

About the Speakers

Michele Freeman, M.S., NCC, LPC
Michele Freeman is a licensed professional counselor who primarily works with people with chronic illness. She is the PHA support group leader for Central Oregon and host of the PHA Caregiver Telephone Support Group. She is a caregiver for her husband, who has pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Mardi Gomberg-Maitland, M.D., M.Sc
Mardi Gomberg-Maitland, M.D., M.Sc., is a cardiologist and professor of medicine at The GW University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She also is medical director of The GW Medical Faculty Associates.

Fran Rogers, M.S.N., CRNP
Fran Rogers, M.S.N., CRNP, is a nurse practitioner at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. She is immediate past chair of the PHPN Executive Committee.

Thenappan Thenappan, M.D.
Thenappan Thenappan, M.D., is a cardiologist at the University of Minnesota Health Heart Care-Minneapolis and an associate professor of medicine the University of Minnesota Medical School. His clinical research and published works focus on pulmonary vascular disease.

Have a question for one or more of the speakers? Email PHA by Tuesday, May 25.

Learn more, and register for the webinar. 

PHA thanks Bayer for its Platinum Sponsorship and Janssen Pharmaceuticals for its Diamond Sponsorship of the PHA Connects fund, which provides support to this PHA Live event.