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Why Should I Take the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. And these communities don’t necessarily see their concerns, interests and needs reflected in the vaccine distribution plan and communications efforts.

YWCA Minneapolis, YWCA St. Paul and Children’s Minnesota are joining together for a special event to help communities learn more about the vaccine to make informed decisions for themselves and their families.

Join us to hear about the history of medical mistrust in communities of color, listen to candid personal stories about panelists’ choice on taking the vaccine, and learn science-based information to help you make an informed decision on whether or not to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

This event is a part of YWCA USA’s Stand Against Racism 2021 campaign, From Declarations to Change: Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis.

  • Date: Monday, May 10
  • Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Virtual
  • Cost: Free

Event Recording



James Burroughs II

Vice President, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Children's Minnesota

Gigi Chawla

Vice President, Chief of General Pediatrics, Children’s Minnesota

Jacqueline Lloyd Cunningham

Vice President of Marketing and Communications, YWCA Minneapolis

Angela Kade Goepferd

Senior Director, Chief Education Officer and Medical Director of the Gender Health Program, Children’s Minnesota

Marc Gorelick, MD

CEO, Children’s Minnesota

Gaye Adams Massey

CEO, YWCA St. Paul

Rosa Ruiz Mendez

RN, Neuroscience, Children’s Minnesota

Moderator: Angela Myles

Vice President, Racial Justice, YWCA Minneapolis

Hamdi Sahal

Senior Administrator, Clinical Ethics, Children’s Minnesota

Adriene Thornton

RN, Infection Preventionist, Children’s Minnesota

Moderator: Dr. Yohuru Williams

Chair, Professor of History and Founding Director, Racial Justice Initiative, University of St. Thomas; and Board Chair, YWCA St. Paul