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McKelvey School of Engineering

Kids and COVID-19 – A Question About Masking

Thursday, October 21 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Virtual Event

Join the Center for Community Health Partnership & Research for a special mini-version of our exciting Pitch Partners event!  

Ken Haller and several of his colleagues have noticed an “admittedly anecdotal yet frequent and consistent” trend related to kids and masking: little ones seem really excited about these pandemic-friendly fashion accessories! Yet guidance related to mask wearing tends focuses on helping parents wrestle masks onto their children.

So, why does medical information focus so heavily on a battle of wills? Is Haller’s experience unique in St. Louis? Or are we spending energy discussing a problem that isn’t actually a problem?

Haller will address the background and details of this question, followed by Q&A. The remainder of the event is dedicated to networking, sharing insight, and offering feedback on this and related potential projects. 

Researchers and pediatric/family healthcare providers interested in exploring this question are invited to discuss a potential community-academic partnership at this Pitch Partners. Select research teams may be invited to apply for a rapid seed funding opportunity. Participation does not guarantee a partnership or funding. 

This event is free to attend. Due to limited space, registration is required.

Register to attend this virtual event.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Humanities & Society, Medicine & Health



Institute for Public Health
Event Contact

Emily Hickner | ehickner@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Kenneth Haller, Jr.

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of General Academic Pediatrics
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Kenneth Haller offers well-child and sick-child care, evaluations for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adolescents. He also specializes in health literacy and cultural competency.

Haller is an , at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He serves as joint associate chair for faculty development.

Haller’s research interests include: resident education in community settings; advocacy for underserved populations; effects of media on children; and health care needs of LGBT youth.

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