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Next steps to safely open economies and get back to work.

A series of monthly live-streamed events, CLEAN Lessons Learned features expert-led sessions, covering current best practices, data-driven solutions, and innovative technologies to help people feel confident and safe gathering indoors.

CLEAN 'Lessons Learned' Series brings together leaders from biosafety, biosecurity, indoor air quality associations, and standards development organizations to assess knowledge gaps, science-based best practices, and lessons learned to help people get back to work safely.

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In CLEAN Lessons Learned you will:

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Understand routes of transmission for prominent pathogens indoors

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Learn why to trust demonstrated mitigation strategies

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Learn risk management strategies to implement in your organization

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Understand organizational and psychological barriers to change as our scientific knowledge develops

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Explore recent technology innovations and relevant use cases for exposure reduction strategies

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Identify research, knowledge and standards development activities across fields

UPCOMING SESSION

December 8, 2021 at 6:00 PM EST / DECEMBER 9, 2021 at 10:00 AM AEST

Communities of Faith: Safely Regathering in Covid-19 times

In the US, our faith-based communities and organizations were hard hit by COVID-19. Creating safe places in this new normal to worship, learn, play, and bond will be critical. Join us this December for our Lessons Learned series, where we'll focus on our faith-based communities.

This session will bring together a small community pastor, the leader of a large faith-based organization, an senior environmental health expert and a scientist providing expert guidance to her church to discuss impacts from the pandemic and what organizations can do to re-start in-person gatherings to re-build strengthen their communities.

MEET THE EXPERTS

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Reverend Anthony Evans, MDiv

Reverend Anthony Evans has spent the duration of his life fighting tirelessly to reduce health disparities, foreclosure, homelessness and intra-racial violence in the African American community, in addition to promoting financial literacy and helping to preserve environmental justice across the United States. An advocate for justice at an early age, as a student in Vermont, Reverend Evans mobilized local colleges to raise over $15,000 to help fund the investigation of the Atlanta child killings in the early eighties.

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Reverend Evans earned a Bachelor’s degree in Religion in 1981 from Middlebury College in Vermont. He was ordained in 1982 and went on to earn a Masters in Divinity in 1988 from Howard University School of Divinity. Shortly after earning his Masters, Reverend Evans became President of the National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) in 1992, and for the past twenty-five years he has devoted his expertise to leading the organization, working tirelessly on social and economic justice issues facing the black faith community.

Under Reverend Evans’ leadership, NBCI has brought together a coalition of 34,000 churches from across the country, including over 15.7 million African Americans who join together to fight against health disparities, promote financial literacy, protect babies from abuse and neglect, and help preserve the environment.

Reverend Evans remains a tireless advocate of the African American community, and is determined to preserve the moral authority of the black church’s voice. Reverend Evans’ role on this project will be to provide expertise and guidance related to health disparities in all stages of planning and project implementation to ensure cultural sensitivity of project materials and to support participation and engagement of African American and other minority families.

He will serve as a liaison with the Black Churches at all four recruitment areas, and help to identify churches and facilitate recruitment of community service providers at these churches. He will also assist in program evaluation to improve community uptake, and manuscript preparation to disseminate research findings.

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Linsey Marr

Linsey Marr is the Charles P. Lunsford Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research group studies viruses and other microorganisms in the air.

She has worked with the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to update conventional wisdom about virus transmission and recommend guidelines for protecting public health. She has been interviewed hundreds of times, contributed op-eds to The New York Times and The Washington Post, and provided scientific input for numerous videos and visualizations aimed at the general public. Marr received a B.S. in Engineering Science from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and completed her post-doctoral training in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Rev. Laura Folkwein, M.Div, MSW

Rev. Laura Folkwein, M.Div, MSW, earned her Master of Social Work from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver and her Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology in 2005. She currently serves as the Designated Pastor at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Bozeman, Montana. Rev. Folkwein grew up in Montana, as a United Methodist preacher’s kid and was ordained as a UCC pastor in Sahuarita, Arizona in 2014.

She has worked with communities and groups in faith-based and nonprofit settings in Montana, Washington, D.C.; Denver, Colorado; and Tucson, Arizona. She is passionate about strengthening communities, treating all people with dignity and respect, and connecting people to care for and advocate with each other.

Folkwein's work has included serving undocumented immigrants, homeless Veterans, and a wide variety of church communities from an ecumenical young adult service corps to local churches as youth minister, associate pastor, and sole pastor. She is currently working on a project with her family to “re-story” settler and Indigenous histories in Montana, based on her own family's stories of immigration, invasion, settlement, and homesteading.

 

 

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Dr. Monica Schoch-Spana

Dr. Monica Schoch-Spana, a medical anthropologist, is Senior Scholar with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Senior Scientist with the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. For over 20 years, she has conducted research on public health emergency management, focusing on community resilience,

behaviorally realistic emergency plans, public engagement in disaster planning, post-epidemic recovery, and crisis and emergency risk communication. She has also worked diligently to translate scholarly research into actionable recommendations for policymakers and practitioners, including most recently as co-Principal Investigator for CommuniVax – a national ethnographic research coalition whose expert advisory group and 6 local teams are partnering with communities of color to tackle COVID-19 vaccine access and acceptance issues and to put equity at the center of the pandemic recovery process.

National advisory roles include the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Resilient America Roundtable of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, which she formerly co-chaired. From 2003-2017, Dr. Schoch-Spana worked at the UPMC Center for Health Security; prior to that, at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies, starting in 1998. She received her PhD in cultural anthropology from Johns Hopkins University.

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In 2020, we hosted five virtual stages that brought together thought leaders from business, policy, science, and engineering to educate and create opportunities to make the built space a safe space to gather once again.

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ABOUT IBEC

We are the Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium

We seek to accelerate the contributions of science and technology for healthily built environments.

Bridging the gap between proven scientific processes and real-world applications for healthy gathering, IBEC has changed how COVID-19 and other airborne-transmitted infections are addressed and contained.

IBEC has created programs that educate how to successfully mitigate transmission while educating the masses on safe protocols that really make a difference in stifling the unnecessary increase of COVID-19 cases and other contagious pathogens.