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Understanding COVID-19 Vaccine in Communities of Color

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Understanding COVID-19 Vaccine in Communities of Color.   Medical mistrust, a result of systemic racism, is prevalent among communities of color and may play a role in COVID-19 inequities. With the recent Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, public health officials are dealing with combating vaccine hesitancy.   Many Black Americans have expressed reluctance to take the vaccine, a wariness some attribute to the enduring legacy of the egregious Tuskegee syphilis study.  As a trusted source of information about vaccines, public health professionals play a key role in establishing trust and educating the community on the important role vaccines play in protecting against serious diseases.  Guest speakers Dr. Brenda Robinson and Barry Walston will lead us through a discussion on how public health professional can help Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Communities of Color.

Guest Speakers:

Brenda Robinson DPN, MSN, FNP-s, RN
CEO, Black Nurses Coalition, Inc: City of Albany Human Rights Commission Chairperson

Barry Walston, MSW
NAACP – Youth Advisor and New York State Department of Health

Learning Outcome:

As a result of participation in this activity, learners will expand their knowledge and competence on vaccine hesitancy in communities of color.


At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the African American experience and culture.
  2. Demonstrate the understanding of cultural relevance and cultural responsiveness.
  3. Explain the barriers that contribute to health disparities.
  4. Identify the correlation between health disparities, COVID-19 and vaccine skepticism.

Event Details:

  • Original Air Date:  February 25, 2021
  • Target Audience:  LHD  immunization staff, LHD Commissioners & Public Health Directors, LHD Risk Communication and Emergency Preparedness Staff, and NYSDOH Bureau of Immunization Staff.

ENDURING MATERIAL – Continue Education Credits are available for this event.  Please see below for details on what credits will be available.  To receive credits, please go to to take the post-test and evaluation.

Continuing Medical Education Credits
The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours
The University at Albany School of Public Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for _1.0_ nursing contact hour(s).

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1.0.  Provider ID# 99086.

Certified in Public Health Credits

This event is sponsored by School of Public Health, University at Albany, an approved provider of CPH Renewal Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

This offering is approved for 1.0 Certified in Public Health Renewal Credit(s).

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