‘Black men in medicine’ town hall to encourage COVID vaccine, answer questions
The Center for Closing the Health Gap continues its efforts to encourage black, Hispanic and Latin American people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The agency is organizing a virtual town hall on Saturday entitled “Black men in medicine – Our crisis in 2021”.
CEO Renee Mahaffey Harris said four doctors will discuss the safety and effectiveness of vaccines and answer questions.
“The town hall is really to talk about our current issues, to talk about statistics relating to black men,” explains Mahaffey Harris. “The opportunity is to improve health outcomes for all, but in particular to increase awareness of black male health.”
According to the Ohio COVID-19 Dashboard, about 25% of blacks and African Americans in Hamilton County have had at least one injection. Almost 28% of the Hispanic and Latino / a population are vaccinated.
Mahaffey Harris points to a reduction in the number of black men entering the medical profession, so part of the goal is to help reverse this statistic.
“There is a local and national effort … to fill the gaps in black men in medicine that really relate to a person being able to see, understand and talk about their health with someone who looks like him, ”she said.
Panelists will answer questions via Zoom and Facebook Live from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. They understand:
Here you will find information on how to participate.