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To vaccine or not to vaccine

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:00am

11011 SW 104th St, Miami, FL 33176

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COVID-19 has put a spotlight on health disparities in the United States of America and has disproportionately impacted African American and Latino communities.  While a vaccine is now available, African Americans maintained a distrust of vaccinations for generations.  In 2019, only 39% of Black adults received influenza vaccines as compared to 49% of White adults.  This seminar will explore the history of Black experiences with vaccinations.  Participants will leave the seminar equipped with the knowledge necessary to make an informed decision about their health risks due to the pandemic. The panel will feature two speakers - Dr. Gina Morgan-Smith is board certified in pediatrics and earned her undergraduate degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and her medical degree from SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn, New York. She is affiliated with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Northshore Hospital. Dr. Morgan-Smith’s special areas of interest include preventive medicine, school health, and developmental behavioral health.  Dr. Bert Walls received his B.S. degree in Professional Biology from North Carolina A&T State University. He received his Medical Degree from Duke University Medical School and MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. He is an Assistant Clinical Consulting Professor for the Department of Ob/Gyn at Duke Medical Center, Durham, NC. He served on the Board of Trustees of North Carolina A&T State University for eight years and as Chair of the Board for the last two years of his term.  Dr. Walls is currently retired and enjoying public and private business consultancy.

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