• COVID-19, Vaccines, and Public Health

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021

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    On February 9, 2021, the Newport Mill Middle School Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) will held a public meeting on COVID-19, the history of vaccines, and public health today. Dr. Melissa Clarke joined us to speak on "African American Resiliency, COVID-19 and the Vaccine - Past Meets Present." A recording of the session can be found herePasscode: n!G=fs6V.

    The purpose of this session was to better our understanding of the science related to the COVID-19 virus and its vaccinations. This session will also address historical and continued healthcare mistreatment and inequities within many African American communities. What are our fears and concerns regarding vaccines? How might we promote accountability and transparency in our healthcare system?  

    Frustrated by the onslaught of misinformation and confusion surrounding COVID-19, Dr. Melissa Clarke has taken action to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, especially among African-Americans. She is host and co-creator of Excuse Me Dr! with Dr. Melissa Clarke, a live weekly health forum streamed on YouTube & Facebook where she provides urgent information and answers audience questions in real time every Monday night @ 6pm PST/9pm EST. She is the Medical Advisor to the Leadership Council for Health Communities, a consortium of 70 faith institutions in DC, and serves as Steering Committee Member on the Black Coalition Against COVID-19, a multi-disciplinary grassroots consortium of community leaders. Dr. Clarke was quoted in one of the first national articles to warn about the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 among communities of color (USA Today, March 30, 2020).

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