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Saving Lives with the COVID-19 Vaccine in NJ Latinx Communities

February 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is hosting a virtual town hall series.

From the NJDOH event website: Nearly a year into the pandemic, COVID-19 continues to circulate in our state and nation. Vaccination is a crucial component in battling the virus, especially in communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted. However, research demonstrates that there’s mistrust of and resistance to the COVID-19 vaccine across the Latinx community due to long-standing inequities in the healthcare system.

As part of a virtual town hall series on the COVID-19 vaccine, the NJDOH is hosting a free public conversation (in English, with a Spanish program to be scheduled at another time) led by medical professionals from NJ’s Latinx community who will address facts, fears, and myths.

Amanda Medina-Forrester, executive director of the NJ DOH’s Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, will moderate the discussion, which will feature the following physicians:

  • Dr. Marcella Perez, board-certified family medicine physician at Zufall Health Center, Morristown, NJ
  • Gina Miranda-Diaz, DNP, MS/MPH, APHN-BC, H-O (NJ Licensed Health Officer)
  • Luis Espina, MD, is a board-certified family practice provider, RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group


Free and open to the public. Advance registration is required (login access will be provided to registered attendees). Click here for more information and to register. Note: another town hall event is being held on February 11.


February 15, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


New Jersey Department of Health
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