LaSata’s COVID-19 tele-town hall a success

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Kim LaSata hosted a tele-town hall on Monday to answer questions from Southwest Michigan seniors on the state’s response to COVID-19.

The hour-long event also featured updates from area health care professionals, information about services available for seniors, a question-and-answer portion, and a real-time poll to learn what other issues are important to seniors in the district.

“We had over 1,700 participants during our COVID-19 tele-town hall,” said LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township. “I appreciate that so many area seniors took the time to listen, ask questions and share their opinions. I am also grateful we were joined by representatives from four health care and senior services agencies, who shared their knowledge and insight about COVID-19 and other issues important to our seniors.”

Some of the topics discussed included accessing healthy food options, opportunities to socialize while distancing outside, and resources for seniors’ mental and physical health, among others.

LaSata’s special guests for the event were:

  • Director Laura Sutter from the Area Agency on Aging 3C;
  • Health Officer Rebecca Burns from the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency;
  • Executive Director Tim Stoll from the Joseph County Commission on Aging;
  • Executive Director Christine Vanlandingham from AAA Region IV; and
  • Care Services Team Leader Lori Hardy from the Cass County Council on Aging.

Anyone who missed the tele-town hall can listen to it on the senator’s website at