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Community Organizers Have Been Critical To Vt.'s BIPOC Vaccination Efforts. What's Next?

A red, clear plastic sharps container sits on a folding table as two hands draw vaccines into syringes to prep for a COVID-19 vaccine clinic.
Abagael Giles
Two nurses with the Vermont National Guard draw COVID-19 vaccines at one of Burlington's BIPOC clinics. The clinics are run and designed by several partner organizations, led by the Vermont Professionals of Color Network.

New reporting from VPR's Abagael Giles examines the critical role community organizers have played in helping shrink the vaccination gap between BIPOC and white Vermonters. In our weekly health update, we talk with Giles. We also hear from two of the visionaries behind Burlington's BIPOC clinics and consider how their recent efforts might serve as a model for building health equity in Vermont.
Our guests are:

  • Abagael Giles, digital producer for VPR
  • Luis Calderin, founder and chief creative strategist for OKAY!!OKAY!! Marketing and Creative and a member of the board of the Vermont Professionals of Color Network?
  • Belan Antensaye, public policy and research analysis for the City of Burlington's Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Office and a member of the board of the Vermont Professionals of Color Network
  • Tracy Dolan, deputy health commissioner for the Vermont Department of Health

Broadcast live on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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