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Community Outreach and Engagement in the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

  • 24 Jan 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar

Join the CVPD for a webinar on community outreach and engagement in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

About this event

Special note: This seminar will be hosted on Zoom. Please register to receive the link and password two hours before the seminar. Please note that space is limited.

This panel discussion will explore the issue of Community Outreach and Engagement in the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout.

This panel will explore the impact that community engagement can have on improving vaccine uptake and health equity, as well as lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic on how to better work with communities in public health decision-making in the future. Speakers come from a variety of organizations, including the Health Commons Solutions Lab, Indigenous Primary Health Care Council, and Carea Community Health Centre.

In this webinar, speakers will discuss:

  • Why is co-designing COVID-19 testing and vaccinations strategies with communities critical?
  • How have Indigenous communities been affected by COVID-19, and what needs to be done to better serve Indigenous communities?
  • What factors improved uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine within a Black community in Durham, Ontario?

Speaker presentations will be followed by an interactive Q&A session.

Please join the Dalla Lana School of Public Health's Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases for this webinar, for an opportunity to hear from leaders at the forefront of developing solutions to improve health equity, and to contribute to dialogue on this important area.


  • Dr. Shelly Bolotin - Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Scientist, Applied Immunization Research and Evaluation, Public Health Ontario


  • Sophia Ikura – Executive Director, Health Commons Solutions Lab
  • Dr. Nicole Blackman - Provincial Director, Indigenous Primary Health Care Council.
  • Francis Garwe – Chief Executive Officer, Carea Community Health Centre

About the Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases, DLSPH:

With leadership housed at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, we are developing an interdisciplinary group of academic researchers, educators and public health advocates. Our vision is to catalyze cutting-edge research and education that maximizes the health benefits of immunization for everyone.

We aim to contribute locally and globally to healthy communities through excellence in interdisciplinary vaccine-preventable disease and immunization research and education.

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