UTHealth School of Public Health & HASC

Reopen Texas: Return to Work the Right Way
Webinar Series

Wednesdays, May 20, 2020 - July 1, 2020

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM MDT

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

Panelists from UTHealth School of Public Health

  • George L. Delclos, MD, MPH, PhD
  • Robert J. Emery, DrPH, CHP, CIH, CBSP, CSP, CHMM, CPP, ARM
  • Michelle McDaniel, BS, CHES
  • Kristina D. Mena, MSPH, PhD
  • Janelle Rios, PhD, MPH
  • David Douphrate, PhD, MPT, MBA, CPE, CSP

Guest panelists announced below!


  • Tommy Hysler, MD, MPH of the Houston Area Safety Council

On April 17, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an order to reopen businesses, using a phased approach. General guidelines for specific industry sectors are included in the Governor's order, but each workplace is unique and, now that reopening has begun, employers still harbor many questions on how to implement best practices to ensure the safety of their employees and patrons.

To support our community in looking at what the immediate future holds for our various industries, we will be hosting a seven-part complimentary statewide weekly industry-specific webinar series with an opportunity for live Q&A sessions.

These webinars are a collaboration between The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) and the Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (P2R) Academy, and the Houston Area Safety Council (HASC).

Each webinar will feature a panel of specialists in occupational safety, occupational medicine, risk assessment, and guest panelists who are industry representatives experienced in return to work practices.

Registration is required to join each weekly webinar. Registration and webinars are hosted via the Houston Area Safety Council's GoToWebinar plaform. After registering, please expect emails from HASC.

May 20, 2020 - Retail Industry

Guest Panelists from El Paso, TX
Melissa Santos, MA - Financial Analyst, Food City Supermarkets

Gesuina Legaspi, Gal Fashion Women's Boutique

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May 27, 2020 - Restaurant Industry
Guest Panelists
Chirag H. Bhatt, RS, CCFS - Owner, CHB Food Safety Consulting

Kelsey Erickson Streufert, JD - Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy, Texas Restaurant Association

June 3, 2020 - Construction & Manufacturing Industries

Join us to discuss reopening the Texas construction and manufacturing industries.

Guest Panelists
Faiyaz A. Bhojani, MD, DrPH - Global Health Lead, Manufacturing, Chemicals and Upstream Americas, Shell Health

Jon Hodges - CEO, Evergreen North America Industrial Services

Lance & Cecilia Ochoa Levine - Director and Owner, MFI International Manufacturing

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June 10, 2020 - Places of Worship

Join us to discuss about reopening Texas places of worship.

Guest Panelists:
Reverend Jim Bass - Senior Pastor, Friendswood Methodist Church

Imam Rizwan Khan -
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Houston Chapter

Rabbi David Lyon -
Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beth Israel

Amir S. Malik, MD, FAANS, FACS -
West Ave Neuro Spine Neurological and Spinal Surgery

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June 17, 2020 - Promoting Mental Health and Employee Resilience

Join us to discuss reopening Texas, promoting mental health and employee resilience, and addressing employee concerns.

Guest Panelists
Clara (C.B.) Burns, JD, Partner, Kemp Smith LLP

avid Gimeno, MSc, PhD, Professor and Director, Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, UTHealth School of Public Health

Monica Guidry, BS, MSSW - Executive Director, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at UTHealth

Francisco I. Perez, PhD, ABPP - Adjunct Professor, Occupational Health Psychology, UTHealth School of Public Health

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June 24, 2020 - Personal Care Establishments

Join us to discuss reopening Texas personal care establishments.

Guest Panelists
Janeth and Enrique Chairez - Owners, Chairez Coiffure El Paso

Victor Guerra -
Regional Coach, Orange Theory Fitness San Antonio

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July 1, 2020 - Other Healthcare Settings

Join us to discuss reopening Texas healthcare settings outside of hospitals and clinics.

Guest Panelists
Julie Abney BBA -Director of Operations, Reach Healthcare Services (Houston, TX)


Lily Esparza BSN, RN, CHHCM - Director of Clinical Services, Reach Healthcare Services (Houston, TX)

Jenny Abeling, BS -
Director, Laurelhurst House Assisted Living, (Portland, Oregon)


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The Southwest Center for Occpational & Environmental Health (SWCOEH) is housed at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, and was established in 1977 as a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center (ERC), now one of 18 ERCs in the nation. In 1985, the SWCOEH became a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health. Having grown considerably since we were established, we also conduct research on how environmental and occupational exposures affect health and on how to mitigate health risks associated with these exposures. As of 2019, the SWCOEH has been officially approved as an affiliate of the NIOSH Total Worker Health program, strengthening a partnership spanning more than 40 years.

Contact: Michelle McDaniel, BS, CHES
Director of Outreach and Continuing Education Programs
SWCOEH, UTHealth School of Public Health


Office/Voicemail: 713-500-9447 (Mon-Fri)

About P2R Academy

The P2R Academy is comprised of dedicated experts in safety disciplines critical to the nation's health and well-being. Guided by a shared vision – to reduce work-related harm and improve disaster preparedness and response – and an external advisory board of devoted and experienced professionals, the P2R Consortium serves as a resource for workers, responders, and residents across the country. Our core team is from UTHealth School of Public Health, the University of Utah, Indiana University at Bloomington, Texas A&M School of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, ESI2001, and Smith Scientific.

About HASC

The Houston Area Safety Council (HASC) is the steadfast leader in developing innovative and advanced solutions in the areas of training, skills development, occupational health, industry services, and more. With a mission to build safe workplaces by improving the quality and integrity of the workforce, we provide training and occupational health services to more than 1,500 people each day. Our worldwide outreach is accomplished through multiple satellite locations in the U.S. and the Caribbean that serve our 3,000 Member and 12,000 non-member companies with global industry safety solutions.