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Give It Your Best Shot: Reaching the Vaccine-Hesitant Young

Speaker and Q&A Leader Biographies

About the speakers:

Caleb Hellerman is a medical journalist and documentary filmmaker. Since 2015, he has covered science for PBS NewsHour, where he co-developed the Leading Edge series with correspondent Miles O'Brien, and helped to produce films for PBS’ NOVA and PBS’ Frontline. Hellerman was supervising producer of the CNN Medical Unit, where he directed and oversaw the weekly medical program. He was director of the CNN/BBC documentary Race for the Vaccine.

Janet Tobias is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. Tobias started her film and television career at CBS' 60 Minutes as Diane Sawyer's associate producer. After working at the networks for a little over a decade, she moved to PBS, where she created and executive produced the Emmy Award-winning PBS program Life 360. Tobias made her theatrical debut in 2012 with the documentary feature No Place On Earth, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released by Magnolia Pictures in the U.S. and Senator in Europe. She was executive producer of the CNN/BBC documentary Race for the Vaccine.

Rupali J. Limaye, Ph.D., MPH, MA, serves as a full-time faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in the Departments of International Health, Epidemiology, and Health, Behavior and Society. Widely seen as an expert in vaccine behavior and decision-making, including vaccine hesitancy and acceptance, she serves as the director of Behavioral and Implementation Science at the International Vaccine Access Center, as well as the associate director for Behavioral Research at the Institute for Vaccine Safety.

Nick Moran manages social media and digital marketing for Global Health NOW, and also works as the digital media manager at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he oversees certain digital communications and marketing initiatives. He has served as a multi-platform content writer for the school’s website as well as Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine. Moran received a bachelor’s in English literature and Russian history from the University of Miami.

About the Q&A leaders:

Quiana Lewis is a doctoral student in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, where she studies adolescent health and family policy. Her dissertation examines the health outcomes of youth raised by grandparent caregivers. She believes that every young person should have a fair chance to live their healthiest life. Accordingly, she sees it as her mission to ensure that policies, systems, and programs support the healthy development of the nation's most vulnerable youth.

Aneri Pattani is a master of public health student and a Bloomberg fellow in the focus area of adolescent health. She works as a national correspondent with Kaiser Health News, where she often writes about adolescent and young adult health risks. Her articles and audio stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and on NPR, among other outlets.