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Join us for a series of free Health Talks, offered virtually, on timely and relevant issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts from a variety of backgrounds share their knowledge on specific topics related to COVID-19, including causes of the virus, how scientists use biomedical data to make data-driven decisions, and how to maintain well-being and health throughout the pandemic.

These events are offered as part of our mission to support the health of our communities and are open to anyone who seeks information and knowledge while navigating the current health crisis.

Each webinar is offered at no charge and approved for one continuing education credit.

Register for the next event in our series

Dueling Epidemics: The Opioid Crisis in the Era of COVID-19
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, Noon–1 p.m. MST

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As the death toll from COVID-19 continues to rise, the challenges for our most vulnerable populations, including those with opioid use disorders, have increased as well. Reports of opioid overdoses have spiked in some areas since the pandemic began, due in part to reduced access to health care and recovery support services. Additionally, COVID-19 has affected the ability for peer support and has led to disrupted routines, loss of work and increased stress, which can also lead to increased opioid use and relapse. 

Join us as we discuss these dueling crises along with how clinicians and health providers can respond to help struggling people and communities. 


Raminta Daniulaityte
Associate professor
College of Health Solutions

Adrienne C. Lindsey
Associate director, Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy
Arizona State University

Dr. Holly L. Geyer
Hospital internal medicine physician
Addiction specialist
Mayo Clinic

Kristen Will, moderator
Director of clinical programs
Clinical associate professor
College of Health Solutions

Upcoming Health Talks

Feb. 18 Health Talks webinar
COVID-19 Vaccination: Benefits, Risks, Hesitancy and Next Steps

While COVID-19 continues to rage and spread, several new vaccines provide hope for getting a real handle on the virus. However, some people have concerns and questions about the safety and reliability of vaccines, including the new COVID-19 vaccines. This webinar will explore the benefits of the vaccines, how they work, possible risks and side effects, and the importance of continuing to wear face coverings and avoid crowds to reduce community transmission. Our research and health experts will cover the facts, dispel the rumors and provide the information you need for conversations with patients, friends, family and colleagues.

March 18: Details to come.
April 15: Details to come.

Continuing Education Information

Each webinar is offered at no charge and approved for one continuing education credit.


Jointly Accredited Program logoIn support of improving patient care, Arizona State University is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.


As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Arizona State University is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Board's (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Arizona State University maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1 credit hour of continuing education credits per individual session. 


This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

Health Talks Archive: COVID-19 Series

Fall 2020

Fall 2020

December 10, 2020
COVID-19 Is Surging: How Do We Plan and Prepare?

November 19, 2020
Behavioral Medicine and COVID-19 Risk Reduction: From Evidence to Practice

October 22, 2020
Health Information and Misinformation During COVID-19: What Can We Believe?

September 17, 2020
From Bench to Bedside in the COVID-19 Era: The Role of Testing in Clinical Care and Public Health Surveillance

Summer 2020

Summer 2020

July 23, 2020
Data to decisions: Using information to take action during COVID-19

June 18, 2020
COVID-19 and Vulnerable Populations, Part 2:
The effects on racial and ethnic minorities

June 4, 2020
COVID-19 and Vulnerable Populations, Part 1:
The effects on older adults

Spring 2020

Spring 2020

May 21, 2020
Food and Nutrition during COVID-19

May 8, 2020
COVID-19: What does the science say about reopening?

April 17, 2020
COVID-19 and effective diagnostics: The key to recovery of health, society, and the economy

April 2, 2020
The COVID-19 Pandemic: Causes, Testing Options and Care