The CommuniVax Coalition includes the world’s leading experts in public health, public policy, medical science, anthropology, sociology, and public engagement. Capturing this expertise, we offer a series of educational videos that cover topics central to CommuniVax’s mission: an equitable and effective COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
Current videos in this series include discussions of COVID-19 vaccine safety (Dr. Walter Orenstein), vaccine hesitancy (Dr. Heidi Larsen), public engagement (Ms. Beth Weaver), and race, racism, and medicine (Dr. Alexandre White).
Ensuring COVID-19 vaccines are safe is a critical concern to the US vaccination program. In this video, Dr. Walter Orenstein, associate director of the Emory Vaccine Center, explains the United States’ process to monitor vaccine safety both before and after vaccine production. Topics include clinical trials, data and safety monitoring boards, and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.
Vaccine hesitancy occurs when an individual is uncertain about their decision to get vaccinated. In this video, Dr. Heidi Larson, the founding director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, discusses vaccine hesitancy and how it may impact the COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Topics include vaccine hesitancy and its root causes, vaccine hesitancy within the context of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the larger impacts of vaccine hesitancy on the vaccination process.
Race, Racism, and Medicine
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated longstanding systemic inequities that have led to disproportionate health and economic impacts in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities. In this video, Dr. Alexandre White, a professor in the Department of Sociology at the Johns Hopkins University and in the Department of the History of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, explains the complex role that racism and race plays in medicine and public health ethical practice and how that history impacts modern perceptions of the healthcare system.
Public health often references plans to engage with members of the public to develop more tailored, community-informed interventions and deliverables. In this video, Ms. Beth Weaver, a senior mediator at RESOLVE, discuses community engagement, including what community outreach looks like, who should be involved, and how consensus with communities can be obtained.