Ask the experts at’s COVID-19 town halls –

Join us at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, for the first of a five-part town hall series on COVID-19 and our daily lives as we inch toward 2022. The first live show will focus on kids and education.

Our COVID-19 town hall series, presented by AARP of Alabama, focuses on the virus, the vaccine and their effects on different aspects of our lives and the state. Each Wednesday, host Ivana Hrynkiw will ask reader questions to a panel of experts about the weekly topic.

The topics include kids and schools, healthcare, politics, faith and grief.

In addition to the expert panel, viewers who watch the show live have the opportunity to ask healthcare questions about COVID-19 answered directly by a UAB Medicine health professional in the comments section for our Facebook Live broadcast. The live commenting experience is just one way is working to bring factual information from the experts directly to you.

Some of the guests scheduled for the series are State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Karen Landers and child psychiatrist Dr. Amin Gilani.

Landers, Gilani and Mental Health Services Coordinator for Midfield Schools Camille Underwood will be on the first show Sept. 8. UAB Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Claudette Poole will be engaging in the live commenting experience.

The shows will air each Wednesday at 11 a.m. through October 6 on Facebook Live and YouTube Live. Following the live broadcast, the shows will be available to watch anytime on social media or on Recordings of the shows will be available at 3 p.m. every Wednesday, and listeners can dial toll free 1-800-472-0172 to listen.

Do you have questions for the panel? Email them to Ivana at [email protected], to [email protected], or send them via social media.