According to a December poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, over 1/4 of respondents overall say that it’s likely they will not get the COVID-19 vaccine. Also, 33% of essential workers and 29% of those who work in health care delivery express hesitancy as well. Worries about safety and misinformation about side effects, lack of trust because of political influence or the race to development seem to be the primary reasons given. This webinar will provide a grounding in the facts about the current vaccines and a discussion by a panel on their experiences and work with communities in providing public health information.


  1. Identify science-verified facts about the development, effectiveness and safety of the COVID-19 vaccines
  2. Describe reasons for hesitancy and why individuals and communities may have specific concerns and mistrust
  3. Explain ‘best practices’ in providing accurate information to communities
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Maureen "Shawn" Kennedy, MA, RN, FAAN

Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Nursing
New York, NY


Maureen "Shawn" Kennedy, MA, RN, FAAN is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Nursing. As Editor-in-Chief, she’s led award-winning projects and series that have increased nurses’ awareness of important professional and social justice issues, enhanced curriculum, and provided evidence for policy change. Her work in advancing standards for nursing publications was recognized in 2016 by the International Academy of Nursing Editors with the Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership and in 2017, she was awarded The Nightingale Initiative for Global Health Advocacy in Action Award for excellence in promoting nursing scholarship. Author of several book chapters and numerous articles in AJN and other journals, she’s an “author-in-residence” for Nurse Author and Editor, an online journal. Her editorials in AJN have received six Clarion awards from the Association of Women in Communications.

Barbara Glickstein, MPH, MS, RN
Public Health Nurse – Media Maker – Digital Media Strategist
New York, NY  

Panel Moderator

Barbara Glickstein, MPH, MS, RN, Principal of Barbara Glickstein Strategies, is a public health nurse and media strategist. She's a strategist for Carolyn Jones Productions on the documentaries, The American Nurse, Defining Hope, and In Case of Emergency. Glickstein was co-PI for the Woodhull Revisited Project that found today’s nurses are used as sources in only 2% of health news stories (Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2018). She is one of the lead authors of a qualitative study of journalists’ experiences with using nurses as sources (American Journal of Nursing, 2018). Glickstein was selected to participate in Take the Lead’s 50 Women Can Change the World in Journalism in 2019. In 2009, she was a fellow at The Women’s Media Center's Progressive Women’s Voices Program. Glickstein produced HealthCetera, a podcast that provided evidence-based health news, analysis, and commentary. She was Director of Communications, Media Projects at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University School of Nursing. Glickstein serves on the Board of Project Kesher, a global Jewish feminist women’s advocacy organization. Twitter @Bglickstein


Co-Deputy, Vaccine Implementation Unit, Vaccine Task Force
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


CAPT Routh graduated from the UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Medical Program in 2004, and UCSF Pediatric Residency Program in 2007. For the next three years she practiced pediatric HIV and general tropical medicine in Malawi with the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative. She returned to the US in 2010 for an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) fellowship with CDC in Atlanta. Her CDC experience has spanned food and waterborne outbreaks, cholera prevention in Haiti, to her current work in the Division of Viral Diseases as the Team Lead for Acute Flaccid Myelitis and Domestic Polio.

Kristen Choi, PhD, MS, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing and Public Health
University of California – Los Angeles

Kristen Choi, PhD, MS, RN, is an assistant professor of nursing and public health at UCLA. In summer 2020, Dr. Choi participated in the Pfizer/BioNTech phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial. She wrote about her experience in the trial in an article in JAMA Internal Medicine, which was widely covered by mainstream national and international news media, and radio and television appearances on major outlets including CNN, MSNBC, ABC, and NBC. In her role at UCLA, Dr. Choi studies health services and policy approaches to mental health, trauma, and violence among vulnerable populations. As both a clinician and a scientist, Dr. Choi maintains a clinical practice as a registered nurse at a safety net psychiatric hospital in Downtown Los Angeles. She addresses child behavioral health from individual, family, system, and policy levels in her research and is committed to improving the mental and physical health of children and communities.

Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, Penn State University – College of Nursing
RWJF Health Policy Fellow Alumni
First Vice President, National Black Nurses Association, Inc
State College, PA

Sheldon D. Fields PhD, RN, FNP-BC, AACRN, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN is associate dean for equity and inclusion at Penn State University – College of Nursing. He is also founder and CEO of “The S.D.F Group, LLC”, which is a health innovation consultant company ( He has 29 years of experience in the health sector as an educator, researcher, clinician, administrator, consultant, health policy specialist, and entrepreneur. Dr. Fields is a well-known and respected HIV/AIDS prevention research scientist with a focus on young men of color. He is a lifetime member of the National Black Nurses Association, Inc (NBNA), currently serves as the associations national first Vice President and chairs its Health Policy and Research committees. He is the founding president of the Greater New York City Chapter of NBNA. He is a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the National Academies of Practice, and the American Academy of Nursing. He is an Advanced AIDS Certified Registered Nurse and a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

Blima Marcus, DNP RN ANP-BC OCN
Nurse Practitioner, Ambulatory Oncology
Adjunct Professor, Hunter College –Bellevue School of Nursing, City University of New York Founder of the EMES Initiative
New York, NY

Blima Marcus, DNP RN ANP-BC OCN, is Oncology Nurse Practitioner in ambulatory care, an Adjunct Professor at Hunter College –Bellevue School of Nursing, City University of New York, and public health advocate. She has published and lectured widely on increasing vaccine confidence in providers and parents of children. She has consulted for the CDC and NYCDOH during the measles outbreak in 2018-2019 and is a trusted source for public health education. She is the founder of the EMES Initiative, a nurse-led organization dedicated to providing communities with evidence-based health information and undoing harmful misinformation. Her advocacy work has been featured in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.
Gina Miranda-Diaz, DNP, MS/MPH, APHN-BC, H-O
President/CEO Hudson Consultants, LLC
New Jersey State Licensed Health Officer
Licensed Home Health Aide Instructor
Policy & Legislation Chair, National Association of Hispanic Nurses-New Jersey Chapter
North Bergen, NJ

Gina Miranda-Diaz, DNP, MS/MPH, APHN-BC, H-O, is a board-certified advanced public health nurse, and certified contact tracer. As a New Jersey licensed health officer, and former director of two health departments in the state, she informs the community in English and Spanish about culturally appropriate approaches to health and wellness while advocating for environmental and social justice. She has collaborated with numerous organizations, including the American Heart Association, and in March she became its spokesperson to educate Latinos in the United States and Latin America about COVID-19-related topics. For over a decade Dr. Miranda-Diaz has been a member of the executive board of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses-New Jersey Chapter, and is the past president (2016-2018). She has lectured in the academic setting about Public Health and has delivered podium presentations in the US and Puerto Rico. She has volunteered with the American Red Cross and Medical Reserve Corp and has lectured widely on public health topics. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to nursing and public health, including being named a Fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine.