#FACTSNOTFEAR VIRTUAL TOWN HALL ON NOVEMBER 23
As part of an ongoing effort to educate and inform African Americans who live in Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas regarding COVID-19, the Wichita/Sedgwick County African American Council of Elders and Black Alliance will host a “COVID–19 #FACTSNOTFEAR” Virtual Town Hall meeting on Monday, November 23, at 7:00 p.m., CST. Physicians, community leaders, COVID–19 survivors, and other panelists will address how the disease is affecting African Americans. They will correct the misinformation that has been circulating within the community, re-emphasize the absolute necessity of wearing a mask, staying socially distanced, hand washing and adhering to other safety protocols to reduce COVID–19 risk factors as the nation prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving and other holidays.
“The Virtual Town Hall meeting is only one of the many tactics in the #FACTSNOTFEAR campaign that we recently launched to raise awareness among African Americans about COVID-19,” said Elder Frances Jackson. “We’re already airing radio commercials and will soon have our messages on television and digital/social media platforms. In addition, we are using podcasters to disseminate our messages and will place yard signs throughout the community encouraging people to follow COVID-19 health guidelines to support small businesses and keep families safe,” she said.
The Council of Elders and Black Alliance want to reach as many people as possible through the Virtual Town Hall discussion to ensure they know the steps they can take to fight the disease and recognize symptoms, particularly as the weather becomes much colder and the spread of COVID–19 accelerates.
“There are too many African Americans in Wichita and Sedgwick County who do not have a clear understanding of COVID–19 and why they have to be vigilant every day to protect themselves and their loved ones from contracting the disease,” said Elder Jackson. “We believe the virtual town hall meeting will go a long way in helping people to stay safe and ultimately save lives.”
Monday evening’s “COVID–19 #FACTSNOTFEAR” Virtual Town Hall meeting will be hosted by Carla Eckels from Wichita’s National Public Radio (NPR) station KMUW-FM and will be live-streamed on the Black Alliance Facebook platform at HTTPS://FACEBOOK.COM/WICHITABLACKALLIANCE and on the nationally-viewed platforms of
You-Tube and Periscope.
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