Video: Dr. Ruffin discusses COVID-19 at ourLightbox.org

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Dr. Chad Ruffin

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DECEMBER 19, 2021

Video: Dr. Ruffin discusses COVID-19 at ourLightbox.org

Dr. Ruffin was a guest speaker at ourLightbox.org virtual event and answered questions about COVID-19.

Lightbox also hosted three other speakers on mental and financial health. From the invite:

Going krazy home alone? Worried about finances? Learn how to zen the F*%k out and join us for a FREE virtual Lightbox summit this Friday March 27 from 3-5pm PT on Zoom. Lightbox is hosting 4 experts on meditation, mental health, personal finance and medicine to help you learn tips and tools to thrive during the coronavirus. Please share this with your LGBTQ friends and register for free here: www.bit.ly/LightboxZoom

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