SPHHS Interprofessional Education Experience: How Can We Encourage Vaccination for COVID-19?

Thursday, February 25, 2021 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Online

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences will host its Spring 2021 Interprofessional Education (IPE) experience for its Master of Public Health (MPH) students on Thursday, February 25, 2021, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in a virtual format.

Vaccines for COVID-19 are being developed and approved at an impressive pace. However, hesitancy of the general public in getting vaccinated presents an important barrier in ending the COVID-19 pandemic. Why might individuals be reluctant to get vaccinated? How can we develop guidelines for vaccination? How can we communicate the risks and benefits of vaccination? How can we support shared decision-making in relation to vaccination? How do historic inequities in health care and present-day systemic racism play a role in vaccine hesitancy? What steps can institutions and communities take to address this aspect of vaccine hesitancy?

We will explore these questions through an interdisciplinary lens. Participants will prepare for the event by learning about the COVID-19 pandemic, the vaccine strategies currently in place, and general factors related to vaccine hesitancy. This event will feature engaging talks from experts working to promote informed decision-making related to the COVID-19 vaccine, followed by active participation in small, inter-professional groups to brainstorm approaches to promoting COVID-19 vaccination within our local communities. 

We are very pleased to welcome the following speakers:

Devon Greyson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication,
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Lauren Westafer, DO, MPH, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, 
University of Massachusetts Medical School--Baystate 

Elizabeth Schoenfeld, MD, MS
Vice Chair of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine
Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science
University of Massachusetts Medical School--Baystate
Adjunct Faculty, Tufts School of Medicine 

You must pre-register for this event by following this link and providing the requested information.

NOTE: Participation in this event and submission of the required assignment is required for successful completion of CEPH’s Interprofessional Education Requirement (Competency 21, described below) for students enrolled in the MPH project course (BIOST/EHS/EPI/HPP 696D) during the Spring 2021 semester.

Please contact Katherine Reeves (kwreeves@umass.edu) or Risa Silverman (risa@schoolph.umass.edu) for more information.