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Facilitator Robin Roberts on common themes in the Black community’s vaccine experience

Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Horizon Foundation, Understanding Diverse Communities and Supporting Equitable and Informed COVID-19 Vaccination Decision-Making included three waves of Community Conversations with Native American, Latinx, African American and Asian American community members. It focused on how public health and other stakeholders can best understand and support Covid-19 vaccine decision-making.


In a recent debrief, Senior Facilitator Robin Roberts shares some takeaways from the third wave of conversations his team had with the African-American community about their decisions, motivations and overall experience with COVID-19 vaccination. He explains, “One of the notable features of my conversations with the communities was that there was less concern in the Black American community of the individual's responsibility to the community. What we do see is that matriarchs and patriarchs of their families, once they got the vaccine, there was a level of influence that they had within their family.”

Robin Roberts is a facilitator who has convened multistakeholder dialogues on environmental, public health, and public policy issues.

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