Our Commonwealth, a Nelson County non-profit organization, is hosting a webinar entitled “Racial Justice Roundtable: COVID-19 & Health Care” addressing how COVID has disproportionately impacted communities of color over the past year. It will also address vaccine hesitancy, mental health and drug addiction among racial minority groups.Our Commonwealth leadership has assembled panelists from health care, public health and the faith community to discuss how social determinants of health have put racial minority communities at a disadvantage during and even prior to the pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that Black, Hispanic and Native Americans are dying from COVID-19 at nearly three times the rate of White Americans.
“Studies have shown that, across the country, Black Americans are getting the vaccine at dramatically lower rates than White Americans, due in part to access issues, misinformation and mistrust rooted in historic racism,” Kecia Copeland, executive director of Our Commonwealth explained. “This webinar aims to address the misinformation that is circulating and provide facts and helpful information about the vaccines available to everyone in Our Commonwealth – the great state of Kentucky.”
The panel-style roundtable forum, hosted via Facebook Live at 2:00 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, March 20 on https://www.facebook.com/ourcommonwealthky, will also feature questions submitted from the community.
Panelists include Dr. Britta Z. Maciuba with Baptist Health Medical Group Family Medicine in Bardstown; Dr. Andrea Watson with Baptist Health Medical Group Family Medicine in Elizabethtown; Dr. William Porter with Baptist Health Medical Group Radiation Oncology in Elizabethtown; Dr. Navin Kaini with Baptist Health Medical Group Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine in Elizabethtown; Terrie Burgan, Lincoln Trail District Health Department; Rev. Roscoe M. Linton, St. John AME Zion Church in Bardstown; Bianca McDaniel, LPCA, Guided Path Counseling in Louisville.
This webinar episode is jointly sponsored by Baptist Health Hardin and Lincoln Trail District Health Department.