WEBINARS

In tandem with publishing national reports, CommuniVax produces webinars to share the latest information and best practice guidance stemming from our work.
Upcoming Events
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Working with Faith-based and Community-based Organizations for a More Equitable COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign
May 20, 2021

As the COVID-19 vaccination campaign continues, it is critical that vaccines are delivered fairly and equitably—so that everyone has access. 

 

Join us for a webinar, Working with Faith-based and Community-based Organizations for a More Equitable COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign, hosted by CommuniVax, a Coalition to Strengthen the Community’s Involvement in an Equitable Vaccination Rollout, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 

The session will discuss how to work with faith-based and community-based organizations to make COVID-19 vaccination more equitable and strengthen the communities in which they are rooted. Panelists will showcase unique, effective initiatives and activities that are ongoing in different communities around the country, to celebrate these successes and share learnings so that other communities can achieve their own versions of success.

Moderator: 

Ray Bonilla, Jr., Member, CommuniVax Expert Working Group; Executive Director, Resiliency & Recovery Services, Kaiser Permanente 

 

Speakers: 

Candice Allen, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Rio Grande Hospital & Clinics

 

Tasnuva Khan, Pharm.D., Director of Faith & Vaccines for RESOLVE

 

Jon Jacobo, Health Committee Chair, Latino Task Force

 

Yvette Radford, Vice President, External and Community Affairs, Kaiser Permanente Northern California

 

William Kellibrew, IV, MSW, Director, Youth and Trauma Services, Baltimore City Health Department 

Past Events
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Community-Centric Public Health Practice: COVID-19 Vaccination and Beyond, Tuesday, April 20, 2021

As the COVID-19 vaccination campaign continues, it is critical that vaccines are delivered fairly and equitably—so that everyone has access. The session examined the roles health departments can take in achieving health equity. Taking a social determinants of health lens, the conversation addressed equitable and optimal levels of health outcomes for all, starting with COVID-19 vaccination. Speakers discussed real-world examples, best practices, ways forward for health departments pursuing health equity and how to build recovered, resilient communities.

Moderators:

Richard Krieg, PhD, Visiting Professor of Political Science, Texas State University

 

Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MPH, Contributing Scholar,

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

 

Speakers:

Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director, Rhode Island Department of

Health

Annet Arakelian, PharmD, FCSHP, CPHQ, PAHM, Executive Director,

Strategic Programs, Kaiser Permanente

John Auerbach, MBA, President & CEO, Trust for America’s Health

Rachael Banks, MPA, Director, Public Health, Oregon Health Authority

 

Arrietta Chakos, MPA, Principal, Urban Resilience Strategies

 

Brian Frank, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine,

Oregeon Health and Science University

 

Sophia Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP,

President, American Association of Nurse Practitioners

 

Deanna Wathington, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Executive Board Vice Chair,

American Public Health Association

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Equity in Vaccination A Plan to Work with Communities of Color Toward COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond
March 18, 2021

As the COVID-19 vaccination campaign unfolds, it is critical that vaccines are delivered fairly and equitably—so that everyone has access. Just as pressing is the need to address the pandemic’s disproportionate adverse effects on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities across the United States.

 

As a result of longstanding disparities, the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths related to COVID-19 are significantly higher in BIPOC communities, and members of these groups are among those hit the hardest by the pandemic’s economic and social upheavals.

 

A new plan released by CommuniVax, Equity in Vaccination: A Plan to Work with Communities of Color Toward COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond, provides elected and appointed officials with the tools to create, implement, and support a vaccination campaign that works with BIPOC communities to remedy COVID-19 impacts, prevent even more health burdens, lay the foundation for unbiased healthcare delivery, and enable broader social change and durable community-level opportunities. 

 

Hosted by CommuniVax and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, this webinar will discuss the specific recommendations made in the report and share experiences from local initiatives, so officials can consider adopting them as they implement COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in their own towns, cities, and states.

 

Moderator: 

Emily K. Brunson, PhD, MPH, Co-PI, CommuniVax & Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Texas State University

 

Speakers: 

Monica Schoch-Spana, PhD, Co-PI, CommuniVax & Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

 

Lois Privor-Dumm, IMBA, Senior Advisor, Policy Advocacy & Communications, Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Access Center

 

Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, Professor & Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity, University of Maryland School of Public Health

 

Ysabel Duron, BA, President, The Latino Cancer Institute