Longstanding inequities in health care and a deep mistrust of government sponsored health efforts mean communities of color, again, especially African American communities, are lagging far behind when it comes to vaccine distribution. So, New York City is counting on "trusted messengers" to get the word, and the actual vaccines, out to communities that need it most.
Jennifer Jones Austin heads up the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, and organization that has worked hard to end economic and educational inequality, and have now turned its attention to getting African Americans inoculated. They work with faith-based groups and community advocates to get information to those who need it, and get sites set up close to home.
She'll talk about why this deep mistrust is so well-founded, what we can do to get communities of color to take the jab and what we need to do to get senior citizens, those most at risk, to trust the vaccines.