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Lessons From The Field: Vaccinating Our Immigrant And Migrant Communities

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Lessons From The Field: Vaccinating Our Immigrant And Migrant Communities
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Despite safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, reaching immigrants and migrants with vaccines remains challenging and the unvaccinated continue to suffer from severe illness and death.  Vaccinations against the virus are critical to protect the health of migrant and immigrant communities, but many health centers, health departments, outreach teams, and community health workers are struggling to help their communities get vaccinated. In this panel discussion, three frontline clinicians from across the country share their communities’ stories, the challenges of reaching marginalized members of their communities, and the successes they have had. Panelists will discuss promising practices, practical multilingual resources, community partnerships, and other tactics designed to increase the accessibility and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines.


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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to…

  • Understand challenges in reaching immigrant and migrant communities with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Recognize best practices in providing COVID-19 vaccines to immigrant and migrant communities
  • Identify multilingual COVID-19 resources for immigrant and migrant communities



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Board Member

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center

Eva M. Galvez, MD, is board certified in family medicine and lives in Hillsboro, Oregon. In 2004, she received her degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. She completed her residency in 2007, at Sea Mar Community Health Center, and since then Dr. Galvez has worked in federally qualified health centers. Since 2010, she has worked at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, where she sees a large number of patients, mostly Spanish-speaking immigrants. She is committed to providing excellent quality, humane and culturally sensitive health care to all people in her state. As the daughter of Mexican immigrants and seasonal farm workers, she has a special interest in the health challenges faced by immigrant families and seasonal farm workers. Dr. Galvez also teaches family medicine students. She believes she has a responsibility to help train the future generation of family physicians and, above all, to sensitize future physicians to the cultural barriers and determinants affecting immigrants. She has served as clinical family medicine faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine and currently holds the position of clinical mentor for family medicine residents at the Wright Center. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and currently serves on the scientific advisory board of the Project to Prevent and Reduce Adverse Health Effects of Pesticides on Indigenous Farmworkers. She is a proud wife and mother of two.

Caroline Johnson, FNP-BC

Caroline Johnson is the clinical director of Proteus, Inc., an organization which provides advocacy, health, and support services to agricultural workers throughout the Upper Midwest. Johnson has served as the Clinical Director at Proteus, Inc., since 2019.  Johnson was chosen as the recipient of Migrant Clinicians Network’s inaugural Kugel & Zuroweste Health Justice Award in 2020, which recognizes front line clinicians who are making an impact at the intersections of health and vulnerability within migrant and mobile populations.

Nadya Julien, MSN, CRNP

Nadya Julien is the CEO and founder of Tabitha Medical Care, LLC. Julien is a family nurse practitioner and clinical nurse educator. Nadya is passionate about health equity and breaking down language barriers that make it difficult for immigrant populations to access adequate healthcare in a timely manner.

Syreeta L. Wilkins

Syreeta Wilkins is the communications strategist for the National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants (NRC-RIM), where she leads the communications efforts for the center as well as guides the creation and dissemination of health education materials. Before joining the team at NRC-RIM, she spent more than a decade leading communications for K-12 public schools.

Continuing Education Credit (CEU)

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