Hesitancy, Equity, and Transparency: In Conversation with Pastor and Lawmaker James D. Gailliard on the COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Out
Thursday, June, 17, 2021 3:00PM-4PM
Racial and ethnic minorities, elderly individuals, those in underserved urban and rural areas, and members of other vulnerable groups are the most in need of the COVID-19 vaccine but face the greatest challenges to getting it. These individuals may lack resources to or be hesitant, confused, and/or skeptical of information about vaccine availability, safety, and efficacy. How can governments, the medical community, and community- and faith-based organizations reach them?
Trust and trustworthiness are a significant part of achieving equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. While policymakers, health care providers, pharmacies, and community-based organizations are working hard to build trust, there are challenges to doing so. Programs and policies that do not address population-specific needs and backgrounds, do not leverage trusted community resources, and do not share timely data transparently are common roadblocks.
In this Web Forum, speakers will address:
- Issues related to building trust and trustworthiness between communities and those bringing vaccinations to the communities;
- Successful strategies for reaching vaccine-hesitant communities;
- How data can be used to ensure an equitable vaccine response;
- How vaccine distribution strategies have evolved as supply increases; and
• What we have learned about how to build stronger and lasting relationships between communities and public health in preparation for the next pandemic or natural disaster.
This one-hour discussion is the third in the Web Forum series Equity in COVID-19: Bridging the Gap Between Public Health and Policy, brought to you by the Public Health Institute and IMPAQ, an affiliate of the American Institutes for Research. The series explores “in-the-news" topics, such as mental health, housing and health outcomes, and environmental health and climate change, and provides actionable insights to address equity issues by translating research into policy and practice.
In The News
We are blessed to have Sangeeta Ghosh work for Kent County. She is an invaluable member of our team and we are pleased Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and others are recognizing Sangeeta for her many accomplishments. Congratulations to Sangeeta for being highlighted on the Downtown Grand Rapid Inc. Facebook Page and thank you for all of your work for our community!
Born in Chennai, India, Sangeeta Ghosh has served as Assistant Corporate Counsel to Kent County, Michigan, which is based in Downtown Grand Rapids, since 2003. Ghosh immigrated to the United States in 1994 to join her husband. Despite her previous work as in-house counsel for a prominent financial institution in Mumbai, she navigated many hurdles to regain her professional status and obtain the license to practice law in Michigan. Because she initially accompanied her spouse as a dependent on H4 visa status, she could not receive employment until years later when she was granted a green card. She now holds a law degree from the University of Pune, a master’s degree in law from the University of Mumbai and Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School. Ghosh also serves as Co-President of West Michigan Asian American Association Inc, a trustee on the Board of the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the pro bono roll of civil mediators of the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan. She is also helped incorporate the Western Michigan Bengali Cultural Association, an organization that fosters South Asian culture, art and heritage of India. #APAHM