Colors of COVID Town Hall

April 29, 2021 at 6PM EDT

Colors of COVID

Ethical Engagement of Minority Communities in COVID Clinical Research

Biomedical researchers, clinical research organizations, people infected and impacted by the pandemic, along with Black barbers and stylists, will come together in a virtual event April 29 at 6 p.m. to provide straight talk about fears, trust issues, and why we need our Black and Brown community to be part of COVID-19 vaccine research.

The Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, in partnership with FHI Clinical, is excited to host a community conversation featuring leaders and COVID-19 vaccine researchers and volunteers from across the nation.

This event will feature an open conversation about COVID-19 vaccine research, so we can give members of our communities the opportunity to talk about their concerns related to medical research, past and present mistakes, and how we can build bridges and trust as a means to develop healthy communities. The discussion will feature authentic conversation and include individuals who can talk about their experiences as volunteers (human subjects) in vaccine research.

Other topics of this frank discussion will include current COVID-19 vaccine research, the impact this terrible virus has had on certain populations, and the critical need to include members from the Black and Brown community as partners in COVID-19 research.

The event will be hosted via Zoom and available on the Facebook Live account of the School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Sponsors

moderators

Ysabel Duron
Founder, The Latino Cancer Institute (TLCI)
Omar Neal

President, You Got The Power Enterprises, Inc.

Stephen Thomas, MS, PhD
Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health and Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity (MCHE), University of Maryland (UMD)

Panelists

William W. Ashley, Jr,
MD, PhD, MBA, FAANS
Director of Cerebrovascular, Endovascular, and Skull Base Neurosurgery and Chief of the Division of Neurointerventional Radiology, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and LifeBridge Health System
 Mike Brown

Barber and Manager
of The Shop Spa, Hyattsville, MD

Certified Community Health Worker

Founding Member Health Advocates In-Reach and Research (HAIR)

Claudia Christian
Senior Vice President, Global Clinical Operations, FHI Clinical
Dr. Hari P. Close II,
CFSP, COCP
National President, National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association
Tuesday Cook,
MD, FACS, FASMBS, DABOM
Advanced Laparoscopic, Foregut, and Bariatric Surgeon and Board-Certified Obesity Medicine Specialist, MeritPtah Associates
Yolanda Ogbolu,
PhD, CRNP-Neonatal, FNAP, FAAN
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Partnerships, Professional Education, and Practice and former Director of Global Health, University of Maryland (UMD)
Sandra Crouse Quinn, PhD
Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Science and Senior Associate Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity, School of Public Health, University of Maryland (UMD)
Katrina Randolph

Stylist and Owner of Tre Shadz Studio, Capitol Heights, MD

Certified Community Health Worker

Founding Member Health Advocates In-Reach and Research (HAIR)

Carol Ritter, MD
Director of Women’s Minimally Invasive Surgery, Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Fred Spry

Master Barber and Owner of The Shop Spa, Hyattsville, MD

Certified Community Health Worker

Founding Member Health Advocates In-Reach and Research (HAIR)

Joy Toro
Senior Director, Clinical Strategy, FHI Clinical
Latrina Watkins
Director, Clinical Operations, FHI Clinical

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