UMKC will co-sponsor a forum discussing the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in minority communities in conjunction with Black History Month. A recent report from Missouri Independent indicated that only 4% of the 356,310 vaccine doses distributed in Missouri have gone to the black community.
Across the country, individuals with Black, Latino, and Native American identities are nearly three times more likely to die once contracting the Coronavirus.
The panel will is moderated by Dr. Bridgette Jones, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the UMKC School of Medicine, and will feature panelists including:
- Dr. Janette Berkley-Patton, Professor of Biomedical Health Informatics and Director of the UMKC Health Equity Institute;
- Dr. Mario Castro, Director of the Clinical Trials Science Unit, at The University of Kansas School of Medicine
- Dr. Michael Moncure, Professor and Trauma Surgeon for Truman Medical Centers/University Health- UMKC Health Sciences District
- Dr. Michael Weaver, Medical Director for Diversity and Inclusion, St Luke’s Hospital and Clinical Professor at the UMKC School of Medicine.
The event will be held on February 4th, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM via Zoom, and can be accessed with the following information:
Meeting ID: 934 75615252