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Webinar: Rethinking vaccine confidence: Supporting uptake through equitable community responses

This event will take place in English

Canadians’ COVID-19 vaccine confidence has improved over time, but significant inequities in vaccine uptake remain. Communities with the highest health and social burden of COVID-19 are also those with the lowest levels of vaccine access and uptake. This highlights the continuing impacts of the social and structural determinants of health and the importance of an equity-based response. Where equity-based responses are being adopted, communities are successfully reducing inequities in vaccine access and uptake.

In this conversational webinar, panelists will share the challenges, lessons and strategies they’ve heard from communities across Canada to improve vaccine uptake and ensure accessible, equitable and community-informed vaccine roll-out. Panelists will draw on experiences from Indigenous communities, Black communities and those serving people experiencing homelessness and precarious housing. This conversation will provide an opportunity for participants to consider what strategies may be useful in their own communities, ask questions and share solution-focused ideas.


Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH Claire O’Gorman, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH
Dr. Stephanie Montesanti, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Angela Robertson, Executive Director, Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre

Related resources

Enhancing COVID-19 vaccine acceptance in Canada (2021)

Reducing the impact of COVID-19 on Black communities in Canada: Building confidence and decreasing vaccine hesitancy (2021)

Position statement: Black health and the COVID-19 vaccines (2021)

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  • Presenters:
  • Stephanie Montesanti, Angela Robertson, 
  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh
    Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh

    Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, MHSc

    Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist

    Sume has professional experiences in equity-focused organizational and community development and change, social justice education, HIV/AIDS prevention, research, knowledge translation, evaluation and women's rights with local, provincial and global organizations. Sume has previously contributed to teams at the Program Training and Consultation Centre of the Smoke Free Ontario Strategy, the Regional Diversity Roundtable, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Southern African AIDS Trust and the Centre for Social Justice. Sume holds a Masters of Health Sciences in Health Promotion and Global Health from the University of Toronto.

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  • Claire O’Gorman
    Claire O’Gorman

    Claire O’Gorman, RN, MPH

    Knowledge Translation Specialist

    Claire O’Gorman is a registered nurse with an interest in working at the intersection of health and justice. In both Vancouver and Calgary, she has worked alongside community agencies, researchers and individuals with lived experience on initiatives that centre the needs, experiences and strengths of the communities they serve. This work has included opening Alberta’s first supervised consumption service. Claire earned her BSc Nursing from St. Francis Xavier University and her MPH from the University of British Columbia.

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