Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
A CDC Foundation Podcast
Contagious Conversations is a podcast hosted and brought to you by the CDC Foundation (@CDCFound). The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit and the sole entity created by Congress to mobilize philanthropic and private-sector resources to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s critical health protection work. Their podcast features compelling interviews with experts who are tackling some of the world’s toughest health challenges.
On this episode, “Overcoming Vaccine Hesitancy”, is a conversation with Dr. Atul Nakhasi and Dr. Elizabeth Homan Sandoval.
Host Dr. Judy Monroe (@DrJudyMonroe), the President and CEO of the CDC Foundation sits down with Dr. Atul Nakhasi and Dr. Elizabeth Homan Sandoval, frontline doctors working on the COVID-19 response. Dr. Nakhasi serves as an advisor to the office of government affairs and policy for the LA County Department of Health Services. He is also the co-founder of #ThisIsOurShot, the country’s leading vaccine trust movement by frontline healthcare workers.
Dr. Homan Sandoval is a psychiatrist working with children and teens. She is also focused on educating and empowering the Latinx community to get vaccinated and highlighting ways to combat healthcare disparities. In this episode, they discuss how vaccine hesitancy continues to be a challenge in fighting the pandemic and the power of spreading culturally competent information using trusted voices in our communities.
Meet the Host
Dr. Judith Monroe, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation, has dedicated her career to protecting people and saving lives. She joined the CDC Foundation in February 2016 as president and CEO, following her role as a deputy director of CDC and director of CDC’s Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. In her work at the CDC Foundation, Dr. Monroe advances priority programs that improve the health of people around the world and prepare other nations to better prevent, detect and respond to dangerous health threats, including the current COVID-19 pandemic. During her tenure as the state health commissioner for Indiana she served as president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials through the H1N1 pandemic. Dr. Monroe currently serves on the board of directors for the Center for Global Health Innovation and for the Georgia Global Health Alliance, and is a member of the Milken Institute’s Public Health Advisory Board. Additionally, she serves as a member of the World Health Organization Foundation’s Advisory group, as well as many national advisory committees and boards.