2021 Health Equity Summit: Understanding the Impact of the COVID-19 Vaccine on the Black Community

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By Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

The 2021 Health Equity Summit provides attendees the opportunity to engage in in-depth discussion with subject-matter experts along with business leaders and members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Subjects are wide-reaching policy and social issues impacting the lives of Black Americans. Watch Session 1 on-demand. Original air date: Thursday, February 18, 2021, 10:00 a.m. EST.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) next session “Policy for the People” Virtual Series. Was held on February 18, beginning at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST, respectively, a two-part health equity summit addressed the COVID-19 vaccine and mental health. The “Policy for the People” Virtual Summit Series provides attendees the opportunity to engage in in-depth discussion with subject-matter experts along with business leaders and members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Subjects are wide-reaching policy and social issues impacting the lives of Black Americans.

Part one of this summit, Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 Vaccines on the Black Community, will answer questions such as: who vaccines will protect, why should vaccines be trusted, and how will Black Americans overcome this pandemic, while providing personal and policy recommendations. On November 30, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Black people were 3.7 times more likely to be hospitalized and faced a 2.8 times higher mortality rate from COVID-19 compared to their white counterparts.

As Black people face disproportionate rates of hospitalization and death by the coronavirus, it is imperative that Black communities are prioritized as vaccines are administered to the public. Invited speakers include: Rep. Robin Kelly, co-chair, Congressional Black Caucus Healthcare Task Force; Joy D. Calloway, interim CEO, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York; Dr. Reed V. Tuckson, managing director of Tuckson Health Connections; Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH; Quita Beeler Highsmith, chief diversity officer, Genentech; and Dr. Tabia Henry Akintobi, director of the Prevention Research Center, Morehouse School of Medicine.

Part two, Mental Health Realities for Black America will discuss ways the traumatic events of 2020 have influenced how Black people take care of their mental health. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic along with intense race relations and crippling economic instability has created many challenges, affecting the physical and mental health for people around the nation. For Black Americans particularly, these adversaries highlight major discrepancies and disparities among systems meant to serve and protect all people. Invited speakers include: Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, chair, Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Task Force on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health; Spirit, host of #LoveGoals and Licensed Professional Counselor; Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, licensed psychologist and founder and host, Therapy for Black Girls; Benjamin Calixte, co-founder, TherapyforBlackMen.org; and Courtney Billington, President, Neuroscience, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

ABOUT CBCF

Established in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute committed to advancing the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public. For more information, follow @CBCFInc on Instagram and Twitter and visit cbcfinc.org.

CBCF VISION

We envision a world in which all communities have an equal voice in public policy through leadership cultivation, economic empowerment, and civic engagement.

CBCF MISSION

Our mission of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is to advance the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public.