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Science Headlines: COVID-19 Vaccine Equity

April 6,7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Please note that this is an online panel discussion about COVID-19 vaccine equity. It is not a sign-up to obtain a vaccination.


The program

As COVID-19 vaccines become available, efforts are underway to ensure delivery of affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective vaccines across the country and world. This program will explore the issues of vaccine equity and the work being done to deliver vaccines to underserved communities and disproportionately affected populations.

The panelists


Brian S. Hail, FACHE, is Deputy Executive Director of External Operations, Cherokee Nation Health Services, where he leads the pandemic vaccine task force. Brian previously served as CEO for Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital. With the growth of Cherokee Nation Health Services, Brian transitioned into his current role to allow Health Services to better engage on the national and state level. Graduating from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith with an associate’s degree in nursing, Brian began his career in critical care and trauma emergency centers. In September 2004, Hail began his career in healthcare administration when he became the Director of NHS’s newly renovated Emergency Department and led its advancement to a Level Three Trauma Facility. In response to the new role, Hail earned his MBA from Northeastern State University.


Qiana Thomason, President and CEO of Health Forward Foundation, has dedicated her career to the improvement of health and wellness across the Kansas City region, with a special focus on communities with significant health disparities. Prior to her current position, Qiana was Vice-President, Community Health and Health Equity, at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. During that time, she spearheaded development of new care delivery and payment models in partnership with health care providers throughout Kansas City and has been a champion for the inclusion of health equity and the social determinants of health in corporate strategy.


Trevor Zimmer is co-director of the COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Project, a joint initiative of the Sabin Institute, Dalberg, and JSI, with support from the Skoll Foundation. Previously, his work includes supporting USAID to execute its Ebola and Zika & Emerging Threats Grand Challenges; partnering with youth leaders to destigmatize mental health; designing, collaborating with a foundation to understand the lived experience of people living with Type 1 Diabetes; conducting a health portfolio review for a development agency in India; designing a suite of financial services for small-holder farmers in the DR Congo; working with Indonesian fishing communities on collective fishery management; and co-creating learning processes for a portfolio of East African agricultural finance organizations. He has a master’s degree from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington. He has been published by MIT Press and is faculty at Parsons School of Design.


Accessing the program

This free, livestream program will take place via Zoom. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the event has ended. After you register you will receive an email with a link to join the session.


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This program is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Its content is solely the responsibility of the Linda Hall Library.


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