Yale to co-host a virtual town hall on what you need to know about COVID-19 and the vaccines

Yale School of Medicine, along with Yale’s Cultural Ambassadors for Clinical Research, will host a virtual town hall, “What You Need to Know About the Vaccine and COVID-19,” on Wednesday, March 3 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event can be joined live on Facebook or via a Zoom link available at COVID Community Connection.

The town hall will provide an opportunity to hear some of the nation’s top experts discuss the most current information on COVID-19 and the various vaccines. Appropriate for all members of the general public, the webinar will highlight the importance of vaccination for the African American and Hispanic communities, which are three times more likely to be hospitalized and twice as likely to die from COVID-19. Dr. Nancy J. Brown, the Jean and David W. Wallace Dean of Medicine and C.N.H. Long Professor of Internal Medicine, will moderate the event.

Rear Adm. Richardae Araojo
Rear Adm. Richardae Araojo

The event will include speakers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Yale School of Medicine, and the Cultural Ambassadors:

  • Rear Adm. Richardae Araojo, associate commissioner for minority health and director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity at the U.S. FDA
  • Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, associate dean, Health Equity Research, YSM and deputy director, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI)
  • Dr. Thomas Balcezak, chief medical officer and senior vice president, Yale New Haven Health System
  • Dr. Allen Hsiao, chief medical information officer, Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Health; co-director, Informatics, YCCI
  • Dr. Onyema Ogbuagu, associate professor of medicine and program director, Infectious Diseases, Yale School of Medicine
  • Tesheia Harris, deputy director and chief operating officer, YCCI
  • Rev. Elvin Clayton, pastor, Walter’s Memorial AME Zion Church, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Rev. Leroy O. Perry Jr., pastor, St. Stephens AME Zion Church, Branford, Connecticut

Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and express their concerns. Questions can be submitted ahead of time to clinicalresearchresources@yale.edu or live during the event. Please include Yale School of Medicine Town Hall in e-mail subject line.

For any media inquiries specific to Marcella Nunez-Smith, please contact Bess Connolly at elizabeth.connolly@yale.edu.

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