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Policy & Issues Forum 2021

PMA2 - Health Centers and Underserved Communities: Vaccinations From First Mile to Last Mile

Mar 15, 2021 4:00pm ‐ Mar 15, 2021 5:00pm


2020 will always be the year of COVID-19. The successes include the development and production of multiple vaccines with cutting edge science, unparalleled collaborations, and investments globally. However, attention and resource infusion to build the implementation infrastructure for vaccinating the country has been lacking. Health centers remain key to building, implementing, and tailoring service delivery to meet the needs of their patients and communities. This session will highlight the current state of COVID-19 policies and health center promising practices for keeping staff and patients safe, fostering trust of vaccines and the systems that distribute them, vaccine reporting/dashboarding, and validating external vaccines.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will understand the current state of COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy.
  • Participants will understand health center promising practices as they lead in COVID-19 vaccination of high-risk populations.
  • Participants will understand the latest strategy for addressing vaccine hesitancy among health center staff and patients.


  • Grace Wang, MD, MPH, Senior Fellow, Public Health Integration and Innovation, NACHC


  • CAPT. Amy Parker Fiebelkorn, MSN, MPH, Lead of the Disproportionately Affected Adult Populations Team, Vaccine Task Force, COVID-19 Response, CDC
  • Shelley Spires, MSM, Chief Executive Officer, Albany Area Primary Health Care, Inc.
  • Brian Toomey, MSW, Chief Executive Officer, Piedmont Health Services


  • Sarah Price, MSN-ED, Deputy Director, Public Health Integration, NACHC

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