The town hall addressed the issue of returning to society after the pandemic | Homes and Lifestyle


Posted on July 21, 2021
| 11:04 am

The Santa Barbara Hospice (HSB) Navigating Re-Entry Town Hall Virtual Event brought together a panel of community leaders to discuss fears, anxiety and issues surrounding returning to society after the pandemic.

The event was in response to questions from across the community. The town hall addressed the questions, concerns and feelings of uncertainty. Although the panel did not have all the answers, they expressed the comforting feeling that “we are all in the same boat and feel a lot of the same things.”

The audience’s emotions ranged from hope, nervousness, relief, stress and whiplash feelings. The conversation focused on key topics such as relationships with immediate family members / social circles that are at different stages of these feelings; those who are vaccinated but have young children or others in their life who are not; and fear of new variants.

“By giving voice to and naming concerns about re-entry into society, HSB’s Navigating Re-Entry Town Hall was an important first step in understanding this new reality,” said David Selberg, CEO of Hospice of Santa Barbara. “We hope everyone in the community has a chance to watch the virtual video and know that we are going through this together.”

Panelists included Catherine Remak, co-host of Gary & Catherine, K-LITE FM; Suzanne Grimmesey, PIO / Quality Care Manager, Santa Barbara County; Susan Salcido, Santa Barbara County School Superintendent; Eddie Ellner, founder of Yoga Soup; Kristen Rohm, Spiritual Care Coordinator, HSB; and Charles Caldwell, moderator, HSB.

To see the event, visit for English; for Spanish.

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