Information, Data, and Tools to Support COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in Underserved Communities

Friday, April 16, 2021

1:15-2:45 PM EDT

COVID inoculation rates in U.S. minority communities are dismal, hovering around 8%. They are currently eight times higher in white communities. Studies show that causes include misinformation about vaccine effectiveness and safety, lack of trust in government institutions and drug companies, the digital divide, language barriers, inaccessibility of vaccination sites, deportation fears by undocumented immigrants, identifying and reaching underserved communities to address equity, among others.

Join the American Public Health Association, the GWU Milken Institute School of Public Health, MDB, and SSF, in a free 90-minute webinar explaining tools and approaches to raise vaccination rates in underserved communities.

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Upcoming Webinar Series on COVID-19 Vaccination in WV

Join Us for Our Upcoming

COVID-19 Vaccination Webinar Series

Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed approximately 2,700 West Virginians’ lives. Three vaccines are available to prevent COVID-19, yet many healthcare providers and their patients have questions about the vaccines. These two webinars will explore everything from vaccine allocation in West Virginia to clinical considerations and strategies for communicating about the vaccines.

Part 1: WV COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Monday, April 12, 2021 • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 

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During this webinar, the speakers will provide an update on the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines, vaccine characteristics and administration, contraindications, and other clinical considerations. Additional information will be provided about West Virginia COVID-19 vaccine allocation and distribution.

Objectives: 

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the differences and similarities of each COVID-19 vaccine;
  • State the indications and contraindications for each vaccine; and
  • Answer common patient questions about the vaccines’ safety and effectiveness.

Speakers:

Krista D. Capehart, PharmD, MS, BCACP, FAPhA, AE-C, Clinical Associate Professor, WVU School of Pharmacy; Director of Professional and Regulatory Affairs, West Virginia Board of Pharmacy

Lisa M. Costello, MD, MPH, FAAP, Assistant Professor, Co-Clerkship Director,  Department of Pediatrics, West Virginia University School of Medicine; President, WV Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; Vice-President, West Virginia State Medical Association

Registration: 

Click here to register for this free webinar. Registration is limited to the first 100 registrants.

*The registration page is best accessed with Google Chrome or Firefox.

In case you miss it: 

This webinar will also be recorded and archived on the WV Immunization Network’s event webpage. CEUs will be available until May 12, 2021 for those who view the archived webinar and complete the evaluation.

Part 2: Data-Driven Communication Strategies to Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence in West Virginia

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM 

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During this webinar, the speakers will provide insights from qualitative and quantitative data about COVID-19 vaccine perceptions, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors among West Virginians. They will discuss tailored communication strategies to address real and perceived barriers to vaccination and to increase vaccination motivation and confidence among patients, especially those disproportionally affected and/or at greater risk of severe COVID-19 disease.

Objectives: 

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the main factors that contribute to COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and confidence in WV;
  • Understand how communication science informs effective communication about COVID-19 vaccination;
  • Apply strategies for communicating with patients about COVID-19 vaccination.

Speakers:

Julia Daisy Fraustino, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Reed College of Media, West Virginia University; Founding Director, Public Interest Communication (PIC) Research Lab, WVU Media Innovation Center

Daniel Totzkay, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, West Virginia University

Lisa M. Costello, MD, MPH, FAAP, Assistant Professor, Co-Clerkship Director Department of Pediatrics, West Virginia University School of Medicine; President, WV Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; Vice-President, West Virginia State Medical Association

Registration: 

Click here to register for this free webinar. Registration is limited to the first 100 registrants.

*The registration page is best accessed with Google Chrome or Firefox.

In case you miss it: 

This webinar will also be recorded and archived on the WV Immunization Network’s event webpage. CEUs will be available until May 21, 2021, for those who view the archived webinar and complete the evaluation.

Additional Information:

Continuing Education:  

Continuing Education Units for Physicians, Pharmacists, and Nurses have been approved for these live webinars or for completing the archived webinars within a month of the original webinar date.

Questions?

If you have questions about these webinars, please contact the WIN Program Manager.

About the WV Immunization Network

The WV Immunization Network (WIN) is a statewide immunization coalition of over 400 members from the public and private sectors who are focused on improving immunization rates and protecting West Virginians from vaccine-preventable diseases. The Center for Rural Health Development serves as the lead agency for WIN.

 

FORHP Announcements – April 1 – COVID-19 Resources

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy FAQs for COVID-19.  A set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from our grantees and stakeholders.

COVID-19 FAQs and Funding for HRSA Programs. Find COVID-19-related funding and frequently asked questions for programs administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions.  Includes information on terms and conditions, attestation, reporting and auditing requirements, general and targeted distributions, and how to report capital equipment purchases. 

CDC COVID-19 Updates.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides daily updates and guidance, including a section specific to rural health care, a Toolkit for Tribal Communities, and a vaccine locator by state.

CMS Coronavirus Partner Resources.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides information for providers, health plans, state Medicaid programs, and Children’s Health Insurance Programs and hosts recurring online sessions to provide updates.  New: the Medicare COVID-19 Snapshot details the latest data on the impact on Medicare beneficiaries, including racial and ethnic minorities, adults 85 years old and older, and people with certain pre-existing conditions. 

HHS Coronavirus Data Hub.  The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) website includes estimated and reported hospital capacity by state, with numbers updated daily. 

COVID-19 Data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The site provides access to demographic and economic data, including state and local data on at-risk populations, poverty, health insurance coverage, and employment.

ATTC Network COVID-19 Resources for Addictions Treatment. The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network was established in 1993 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  The online catalog of COVID-related resources includes regularly-updated guidance and trainings for professionals in the field.

GHPC’s Collection of Rural Health Strategies for COVID-19.  The FORHP-supported Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) provides reports, guidance, and innovative strategies gleaned from their technical assistance and peer learning sessions with FORHP grantees.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties.  The RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis provides up-to-date data on rural and urban confirmed cases throughout the United States.  An animated map shows the progression of cases beginning March 26, 2020 to the present.

Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019.  The Rural Health Information Hub has a compendium of rural-specific activities and guidelines, including Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness, a tool with resources for responding to a local surge in cases. 

SAMHSA Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) created this list of resources, tools, and trainings for behavioral health and recovery providers.

Mobilizing Health Care Workforce via Telehealth.  ProviderBridge.org was created by the Federation of State Medical Boards through the CARES Act and the FORHP-supported Licensure Portability Program. The site provides up-to-date information on emergency regulation and licensing by state as well as a provider portal to connect volunteer health care professionals to state agencies and health care entities. 

Online Resource for Licensure of Health Professionals.  Created by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, the site provides up-to-date information on emergency regulation and licensing in each state for psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists assistants, and social workers. 

Expanding the COVID-19 vaccination workforce

As more COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, the Biden Administration wants to provide states and
territories with the flexibility needed to expand their vaccination workforce to ensure that every American who
wants to be vaccinated can receive their vaccine as soon as possible. States and territories are encouraged to further expand the categories of persons authorized to administer COVID-19 vaccines in their states or territories, as authorized under the PREP Act, to respond to the local needs and availability of potential vaccinators.

There are now three safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines that are available under an Emergency Use Authorization
and hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses are being manufactured for distribution throughout the
country, with vaccines becoming more broadly available in the coming weeks.

More healthcare personnel are needed to administer these life-saving vaccines.
To address this need, the Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services has signed an amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act declaration that expands the pool of qualified people who can become vaccinators. The definition of covered qualified persons authorized to give the vaccine has been expanded to include, among others, current and retired traditional and non-traditional healthcare professionals and students in healthcare programs.

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Metro News: State Expands List of Vaccine Eligible Pre-Existing Conditions

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A list of COVID vaccine-eligible pre-existing conditions has been expanded in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice announced on Monday.  Justice announced the expansion at his daily coronavirus briefing Monday while also stating vaccinations are available to all essential workers.

As a result, vaccinations are now available to all West Virginians age 16 and older with any of the following pre-existing medical conditions: Asthma, Diabetes Mellitus, Chronic kidney disease, Heart disease, Immunosuppression, Lung fibrosis, Blood disorders, Liver disease, COPD, Neurological disorder, High Blood Pressure, and Chronic infectious disease like HIV.

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