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Wednesday, April 7 • 12:20pm - 1:20pm
Lunch and Learn: Reaching all Communities with a COVID Vaccine: How 25 Years of US and International Experience Can Inform More Equitable Vaccine Distribution

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Global public health and health care systems are faced with the monumental task of vaccinating the world’s population. It’s time to share best practices. What can the United States learn from international vaccine introductions - and what can our lessons teach other countries?

The new COVID-19 vaccine roll-out has roiled our US public health system, despite the ongoing emergency preparedness planning that all states have undertaken since 2003. Even with the experience of Influenza A (H1N1) our systems are challenged to equitably administer the COVID vaccine to 330 million people.

This panel will examine the issues that public health systems, health care systems, and communities are confronting around equity in vaccine distribution and reaching communities with limited access to the health system. We will share learnings from JSI’s extensive experience in successfully reaching those at “the last mile” in developing countries, and explain how those approaches can be adapted for equitable vaccine delivery here in the US. Based on our years of experience in vaccine distribution, including the COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Project and supporting 75 new vaccine introductions in 24 countries, speakers will map out key approaches to reaching diverse, rural/remote communities, as well as under-resourced communities around the world. A few lessons learned from this experience can help shape the US-approach to the COVID-19 vaccine introduction: the importance of community mapping to identify those individuals in the target group to receive the vaccine; assessing cold chain equipment to plan the needed capacity based on the target population and roll-out introduction plan; and rapid response to fill in the cold chain and transport gaps for vaccine distribution. Participants can engage and exchange their challenges and lessons and learn from each other in this fast-moving environment.

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Wendy Prosser

Senior Technical Advisor, Immunization Center, JSI
Ms. Wendy Prosser is a Senior Technical Advisor within the Immunization Center of JSI. She is an accomplished global health professional with over 20 years of experience in supply chain optimization, health program design and management, and developing donor and government relations... Read More →
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Amy Cullum

Senior Consultant, JSI
Amy Cullum is a Senior Consultant focusing on public health and health care preparedness at JSI. Amy works with organizations at the local, state, and federal level to build public health and health care response readiness through planning, training and exercising to address capabilities... Read More →
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Margaret Franckhauser, BSN, MS, MPH

Director of Aging Services, JSI
Margaret Franckhauser, BSN, MS, MPH, is the Director of Aging Services at JSI. She has over 40 years of experience at the intersection of healthcare, aging and public health. An adult/geriatric nurse practitioner by background, she served as a clinician and community health administrator... Read More →
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Dr. Elizabeth Talbot

Professor of Medicine in the Section of Infectious Diseases and International Health, Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth
Dr. Talbot is an infectious diseases- and tropical medicine-trained internist, who has had extensive experience in international and domestic infectious disease control through outbreak investigation, clinical projects, research, and consultation. She trained at Duke University and... Read More →
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Durrell J. Fox, BS, CHW

CHW-Health Equity Consultant, JSI
Durrell J. Fox, BS, CHW is a Community Health Worker (CHW) with over 29 years of experience providing community/street outreach, direct services, case management support and advocacy for HIV+ adolescents/young adults, their families and communities. For 2 years served as a Technical... Read More →

Wednesday April 7, 2021 12:20pm - 1:20pm EDT
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