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Webinar: Overcoming Barriers To Equitable And Effective COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution


Keywords: COVID-19, Community Engagement, Community Health Workers, Coronavirus, Health Equity, Public Heath, Vaccine Equity-Related, Vaccines

Many of the vaccine distribution strategies proposed in the U.S. lack a clear focus on – or in some cases, any consideration of – racial health equity and clear coordination among federal, state, tribal and other local levels. Trust, communication and access all pose significant risks to the national vaccination effort. 

It is critical to center community voice in addressing vaccine confidence and access in communities of color and tribal nations that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. In some communities, pandemic response efforts have started to lay the foundation for equitable vaccine distribution though effective community engagement. Now is the time for leaders of the U.S. vaccination effort to apply these lessons-learned, nationally, in order to thoughtfully and authentically engage communities to address vaccine hesitancy and increase vaccine acceptance and access.

During this webinar, leaders from a range of health equity-focused organizations will present case examples and share recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination plans, partnerships and processes to improve access, build trust, and invest resources for underserved communities.

Learning Objectives

  1. Why to center equity in approaches for vaccine confidence & access
  2. What centering equity looks like, particularly as it pertains to addressing COVID-19, and what can be applied to enable vaccine confidence & access 
  3. How the role of community-based workforces and partnerships can build trust with the community and facilitate access 


  1. Janelle Rocktashel, Special Projects Associate, Camden Coalition
  2. Tiffany Donelson, President and CEO, Connecticut Health Foundation
  3. Nia Aitaoto, PhD, MS, MPH, Technical Assistance Lead, The Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Team
  4. Maria Lemus, Executive Director, Vision y Compromiso
  5. Carly Bad Heart Bull, JD, Executive Director, Native Ways Federation


  1. Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, BS, CHW, PN, SFC, Executive Director, National Association of Community Health Workers

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Tags: Community Partnerships & Engagements, Health Equity, Webinar/Training

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