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

Nearly one in four young people is hesitant about COVID-19 vaccination, putting them at risk for severe disease. How can public health officials and journalists reach adolescents and young people with messages that resonate? In our online event on Thursday, October 14, the Pulitzer Center and the Bloomberg School convened journalists from the CNN/BBC documentary Race for the Vaccine and public health experts to explore opportunities and pitfalls in this pandemic communication challenge.

The speakers also shared examples of successful communication to young people from news articles, documentaries, and social media. Two Bloomberg School graduate students led the post-discussion Q&A. A recording will be posted soon.


  • Medical journalist Caleb Hellerman, director of Race for the Vaccine 

  • Award-winning filmmaker Janet Tobias, executive producer of Race for the Vaccine

  • Johns Hopkins experts: 
    • Rupali Limaye, director of Behavioral and Implementation Science, International Vaccine Access Center 

    • Nick Moran, associate director of Audience Development, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health   

Q&A Leaders

  • Quiana Lewis, doctoral student, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health
  • Aneri Pattani, MPH student, a Bloomberg fellow, and national correspondent with Kaiser Health News

Bridging Faith and Science to Combat the Overdose Crisis Series

On September 20, President Bill Clinton, Sister Simone Campbell, Dr. Nora Volkow, Dr. Leana Wen, and other leaders, discussed how the faith and public health communities can take action on the overdose crisis.

The second convening in this series, hosted by the Clinton Foundation, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and The Centre for Responsible Leadership, was held at 12:30 p.m., EDT, on Monday, September 20, with a focus on how local, state, and national government policy, informed by critical research, is necessary to address substance use disorders and reverse a dangerous trend of increasing overdose deaths. 



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