Saturday , April 1 2023

Candid Conversations: COVID-19 Vaccines and the Black and African American Community

Presented by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation

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Meet the Panelists

About the author

Rhea Boyd MD, MPH
Rhea Boyd MD, MPH is a pediatrician, public health advocate, and scholar who writes and teaches on the relationship between structural racism, inequity and health. She has a particular focus on the child and public health impacts of harmful policing practices and policies. She serves as the Chief Medical Officer of San Diego 211 and the Director of Equity and Justice for The California Children’s Trust.

In partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Black Coalition Against COVID, she co-developed THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us, a national campaign to bring information about the COVID vaccines directly to Black communities.

Dr. Boyd graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Africana Studies and Health from the University of Notre Dame. She earned a M.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at University of California, San Francisco. In 2017, Dr. Boyd graduated from the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Minority Health Policy Fellowship at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, earning an M.P.H.