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COVID-19 Update | July

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COVID-19 & THE BRAIN
| MONTHLY UPDATE


Fantastic Vaxx & Mask Resources & Where to Find Them

Friday, July 16, 10:00am (Arizona time)

REGISTRATION CLOSES THURSDAY 7/15 @ NOON

With increasing information available regarding COVID-19 and vaccines, many people are wondering where to find current resources and the latest information regarding the vaccines. We are pleased to have DeDe Gaisthea from the Maricopa County Association of Governments and Laurie Thomas, MPA, with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health as this month’s speakers for COVID-19 and the Brain. DeDe will present on useful tools for finding the most up-to-date information, and Laurie will address the most frequently asked COVID-19 questions they receive at their call center.

We’ll also take a look at the latest mask-wearing updates, vaccine availability for those under 12, and how equity in vaccine distribution is being achieved. Join us to learn more about these fascinating emerging topics.

THIS MONTH’S PRESENTERS

DeDe Gaisthea

DeDe Gaisthea is the Human Services Transportation Planner III at the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG). MAG is the metropolitan planning organization working on issues that affect communities in the region. She has over 15 years in the human services field. Since 2009, she has coordinated the Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 grant program for the Phoenix-Mesa Urbanized Area. The Section 5310 programs makes funding available for projects to support transportation to older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Ms. Gaisthea also staffs the MAG Transportation Ambassador Program (TAP). TAP has been recognized as a national best practice of efforts to address transportation for the older adult and individuals with disabilities populations, by Dr. Mary Leary to the Senate Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development. Ms. Gaisthea holds a B.S. in Public Service and Public Policy from Arizona State University. Ms. Gaisthea believes a transportation system that is accessible to everyone, no matter age or ability, leads to a stronger and healthier community.

DeDe Gaisthea

DeDe Gaisthea is the Human Services Transportation Planner III at the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG). MAG is the metropolitan planning organization working on issues that affect communities in the region. She has over 15 years in the human services field. Since 2009, she has coordinated the Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 grant program for the Phoenix-Mesa Urbanized Area. The Section 5310 programs makes funding available for projects to support transportation to older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Ms. Gaisthea also staffs the MAG Transportation Ambassador Program (TAP). TAP has been recognized as a national best practice of efforts to address transportation for the older adult and individuals with disabilities populations, by Dr. Mary Leary to the Senate Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development. Ms. Gaisthea holds a B.S. in Public Service and Public Policy from Arizona State University. Ms. Gaisthea believes a transportation system that is accessible to everyone, no matter age or ability, leads to a stronger and healthier community.

Laurie Thomas

A 30-year healthcare professional, Laurie Thomas is committed to helping individuals make and have access to healthy choices.

She currently serves as Program Manager for Healthy Aging for Maricopa County Department of Public Health. Laurie is passionate about aging issues such as Alzheimer’s and related dementias, caregivers, fall prevention, chronic disease, housing and emergency food and utilities.

Most recently, she has been assigned to the emergency COVID response team for the 7,500 individuals sheltered and unsheltered experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County and all those who are medically homebound.

Previously she managed healthcare issues at the state and county levels, educating about the risks of tobacco and nicotine use, the benefits of smoking cessation, keeping tobacco away from underage kids and promoting smoke-free indoor air.

Laurie also has a background in hospital administration in marketing, physician relations and community outreach. In addition to being published in scholarly journals, Laurie has served on several healthcare boards, coalitions, and workgroups.

Laurie earned a Master of Public Administration from Western International University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University.

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