CDC COVID-19 Partner Update: “Contact Tracing for COVID-19: Do we still need it? (You bet we do!)”

April 12, 2021 | 1:00 PM MDT

COVID-19 and our Rural Communities

April 15, 2021 | 11:00 AM MDT


The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is hosting a virtual webinar focused on COVID-19 specifically for Community Health Workers (CHWs) working to support rural communities and the effect the pandemic has on underserved populations. The first of its kind for rural CHWs, the webinar will also highlight the vaccine roll-out, common myths and misconceptions, contract tracing and allow for questions and answers from participants. Please join the NRHA and CDC's Medical Epidemiologist, Dr. John Brooks on Thursday, April 15th at 1pm(EDT) to learn more.

Webinar link will be sent via email to all who registered the week of the webinar. If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Rogers at

Understanding COVID-19 Vaccine Safety

April 15, 2021 | 1:00 PM MDT


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

Please join the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) for a Tribal Infectious Disease Planning & Response Learning Community Webinar: “Understanding COVID-19 Vaccine Safety”. This webinar will discuss the three COVID-19 vaccines that have received emergency use authorizations (EUAs) in regards to safety and reporting.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will have a greater understanding of

  • COVID-19 vaccine safety
  • what is needed to ensure vaccine safety
  • vaccine safety reporting, such as Vsafe

Please come prepared to ask questions or share your own insights and experiences! The Learning Community is focused on knowledge exchange, and members are encouraged to network and build relationships with each other and the presenters.

For questions, contact Courtney Wheeler at

Information, Data, and Tools to Support COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in Underserved Communities

April 16, 2021 | 11:15 AM MDT


U.S. minority communities are dismal, hovering around 8%. They are currently eight times higher in white communities. Studies show that causes include misinformation about vaccine effectiveness and safety, lack of trust in government institutions and drug companies, the digital divide, language barriers, inaccessibility of vaccination sites, deportation fears by undocumented immigrants, identifying and reaching underserved communities to address equity, among others. Join the American Public Health Association, the GWU Milken Institute School of Public Health, MDB, and SSF, in a free 90-minute webinar explaining tools and approaches to raise vaccination rates in underserved communities. Panelists from Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the Office of Minority Health in the Department of Health and Human Services providing the latest tools, technical assistance, and grants for addressing equity and reaching underserved communities. Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division of the Census Bureau demonstrating the Community Resilience Estimates (CRE) program that uses granular data to measure individuals and community capacity to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Local healthcare officials on the frontlines of healthcare equity.