Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Zoom Link provided upon registration

When will you and your family be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine?  What is the story on all of these COVID “strains” that have been in the news?

Join fellow Chicagoland Terps for a webinar discussion on these questions and more, as we explore Illinois’ COVID-19 response plans and the latest on the state’s vaccination distribution efforts.  The webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 9th, from 7-8 PM CT and will feature public health experts, including fellow Maryland Alum, Dr. Karen Mancera-Cuevas, Deputy Director for Health Promotion at the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Registration is free, and open to all Chicago area alumni of the University of Maryland.  Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions during the discussion.  To address as many questions as possible, please consider submitting your question in advance.

For more information about IL's COVID-19 Response Plan, click here


Speaker Information:

Dr. Karen Mancera-Cuevas is the Deputy Director of Health Promotion at the Illinois Department of Public Health. Her professional background includes previously working in academic centers emphasizing clinical, public health, and community-based participatory research at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University. She has also worked in local non-profit and policy level settings. Programs developed under her leadership addressed chronic disease health disparities in diverse communities of color, specifically targeting women and children at the community-level. She has Master’s level degrees in Public Administration (MS) and Health Policy (MPH) from DePaul University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Additionally, she earned her Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) from Walden University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Dr. Mancera-Cuevas is Governing Councilor, Program Committee Member and Policy Reviewer for the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA), a delegate to the Coalition for National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO), and Associate Editor of Progress in Community Health Partnerships. 

Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., leads the School of Public Health, the University of Maryland’s youngest (est. 2007) and most racially and ethnically diverse academic college. As Dean, he has developed several new academic programs, including accelerated and dual degrees, launched a global health initiative and provided leadership in the context of the global

coronavirus pandemic. Dean Lushniak had a long career in federal service, culminating in leadership roles as U.S. deputy surgeon general (2010–15) and acting surgeon general (2013–14). In 2015, he retired as a Rear Admiral from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps where he was an officer for 27 years. Among his credits in the USPHS, he was part of the CDC/NIOSH team that
responded to the devastation at Ground Zero after 9/11, served as the FDA Deputy Incident Commander for the 2009 H1N1 pandemic response and led the USPHS hospital providing careto Ebola patients in Liberia in 2015. He earned degrees from Northwestern (bachelor’s and medical) and Harvard University (master of public health). He currently serves on the Board of Regents for the American College of Preventive Medicine.


RSVP by: 
March 9

For Questions:
Tim Daly ’04