February is Black History Month! It’s a dedicated time to acknowledge the contributions of Black people to American society and culture, as well as a time to reflect on the racial injustices and discrimination still taking place today.
As part of Black History Month, ACSM will host a a special webinar from 4-5 p.m. EST on February 18. ACSM President NiCole Keith, Ph.D., FACSM, will moderate a discussion with vaccine expert Paul Offit, M.D.; and physicians Tina Master, M.D., FACSM; and Alex McDonald, M.D., on the current epidemiology of COVID-19, immunizations and the importance of vaccine acceptance, especially in Black communities, to end the pandemic.
The webinar learning objectives include:
• Understand the current epidemiologic trends of COVID-19 and the implications of emerging genetic variants on the pandemic
• Describe the current state of vaccine development, those being distributed and the role that vaccines will play in ending the pandemic
• Learn how to advocate for patients, especially those in Black communities, to maximize vaccine acceptance
If you missed the start of ACSM's month-long celebration, be sure to view this special blog and video message from Dr. Keith. ACSM will round out its Black History Month celebration in the next few weeks by highlighting the work of ACSM Fellows Daheia J. Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., and L. Jerry Brandon, Ph.D.