April 21 from 11 a.m.-Noon CT

  • Free


COVID-19’s impact and response efforts have been greatly influenced by deeply rooted social and economic inequities for communities of color. With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout underway across the U.S., it is critical that individuals who have historically been marginalized access health services to become immunized. However, many Black and Brown people have profound reluctance in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine because of systemic barriers and racial bias within health care institutions.  

Addressing this hesitancy in communities of color is imperative to reduce COVID-19 risk, address chronic disease burden, and become resilient and able to thrive in the future. Join Dr. Reuben Warren of Tuskegee University in learning about the history of medical mistrust and identifying strategies to increase vaccine acceptance. NCRN will discuss the history of systemic barriers to communities of color, such as reduced access to testing, higher chronic disease burden, and historical racial bias within health care institutions. 

About the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN)

This is the second of three webinars presented by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and Council on Accreditation (COA) in partnership with NCRN. With the critical goal of improving social determinants through health equity, this partnership will mobilize community-based organizations across the U.S. to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19  on racial and ethnic minority and American Indian and Alaska Native communities that are disproportionately impacted through disseminating culturally and linguistically relevant resources to the hardest hit communities. 

Webinars in this Series:  

The State of COVID-19 Disparities for Communities of Color
March 30 | View Recording 

Partnering with Communities of Color to Mitigate COVID-19
May 26, 11 a.m.-Noon CT

About the Alliance and COA Health Equity Series

Everyone needs the building blocks for health and well-being in order to thrive, reach their full potential, and meaningfully contribute to society. The Alliance and COA are committed to health equity as a key strategy to increase the safety and well-being of individuals, families, and communities most impacted by inequality and racism. This is done by:

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What You'll Take Away

  • Factors that cause vaccine hesitancy in communities of color  
  • Opportunities for systemic change though policy making 
  • Expectations for communities “after” the pandemic  
  • How organizations can participate in local COVID-19 mitigation efforts  

Who Should Join

  • Executives
  • Program directors (particularly health and outreach programs)
  • Policy staff
  • Diversity and inclusion staff
  • General public 


Rueben C. Warren, D.D.S., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., M.DIV 
Executive Director of the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care 
Tuskegee University 

Dr. Reuben C. Warren is the director of the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care and Professor of Bioethics at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. From 1988-1997, Warren served as associate director for Minority Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Warren earned his undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University, and his dental degree from Meharry Medical College. He also earned a master’s and doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as a master’s in divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center.