All Things Covid-19 Vaccines – Tele-Townhalls for Sharing Information and Answers

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) are hosting a series of virtual community conversations called “All Things Covid-19 Vaccines – A Tele-Townhall for Sharing Information and Answers.” Each event will be moderated by Shelina Davis, CEO of LPHI, and Earl Benjamin-Robinson, director of LDH’s Office of Community Partnerships & Health Equity. Local panelists will include each region’s medical director, faith-based leaders, and community advocates.

The goal of these events is to provide information about COVID-19 vaccines, dispel myths, and answer direct questions from participants. The dialogue will also focus on equitable health outcomes for all Louisianans, especially the African American community who has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. 

Monday, April 12
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Region 4 & 5 (Acadiana and Lake Charles Areas) 
Recording available here
– Tracey Antee – Director, Opelousas General Hospital System Foundation
– Dr. Lacey Cavanaugh – Region 5 -Medical Director, OPH, LDH
– Denise Durel – CEO, SWLA United Way
– Rev. Braylon Harris – Pastor, Mount Olive Baptist Church
– Dr. Tina Stefanski – Region 4 Medical Director, OPH, LDH

Tuesday, April 13
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Region 6, 7, & 8 (Alexandria, Shreveport, and Monroe Areas)
Recording available here
– Bishop L. Lawrence Brandon – Pastor, Praise Temple Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral
– Dr. David Holcombe – Region 6 Medical Director, OPH, LDH
– Medria Taylor-Buford – Ambassador, LDH
– Dr. Jackie White – Region 8 Medical Director, OPH, LDH
– Dr. Martha Whyte – Region 7 Medical Director, OPH, LDH

Wednesday, April 14
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Region 1, 3, & 9 (Greater New Orleans, Houma-Thibodaux, and Northshore Areas)
Recording available here
Dr. Alecia Cyprian – CEO, Southeast Community Health Systems
– Dr. Shantel Hebert-Magee – Region 1 Medical Director, OPH, LDH
– Dr. Gina LaGarde Region 9 Medical Director, OPH, LDH
– Dr. Chip Riggins – Region 3 Medical Director, OPH, LDH
– Rev. Dr. Kevin Stephens, JD – Pastor, Christian Unity Baptist Church

Thursday, April 15
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Region 2 (Baton Rouge Area)
Recording available here
Rev. Ritney Castine – Pastor, Trinity AME Church
– Dr. Alecia Cyprian – CEO, Southeast Community Health Systems
– Dr. Dawn Marcelle – Region 2 Medical Director, OPH, LDH
– Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade – Executive Director, Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge
– Courtney Sanford – Ambassador, LDH