Live at the Virtual Barbershop: Addressing COVID-19 Disparities and the Vaccine Rollout

Recorded Webinar

April 30 from 1-2 p.m. CT

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every American in some way. However, the pandemic’s impact and response efforts have been greatly influenced by deeply rooted social and economic inequities for Black communities. The disparities in social and political determinants of health for Black and Brown children, youth, and adults contribute to greater susceptibility to COVID-19 infection and serious illness or death. These complex factors must be understood if we are to effectively combat the adverse economic and health effects of the virus and help Black communities become resilient and able to thrive in the future. 

Join African American male leaders from the social sector as they share their knowledge and experience on the critical interconnectedness of people, place, and systems that affects social and economic opportunity and health and well-being


 · How social and political determinants of health affect the Black community

 · Racially influenced disparities in pandemic impact and COVID-19 response 

· Challenges and solutions to vaccine rollout 

· Opportunities for social sector leaders to support health and resilience of the Black community

About the Virtual Barbershop:

 The barbershop is the one of the few safe places where Black men feel very comfortable in having candid conversations on just about anything. All over America, the barbershop continues to serve as a second home and place of refuge, healing, and compassion for Black men. This virtual space will feature several Black male executives from around the country, sharing their experiences and recommendations for advancing anti-racist leadership and championing equity-focused action in human services organizations. Just like in any barbershop, anyone is welcome to drop in at any time based on their availability and interest.

The Barber

· Dr. Undraye P. Howard, senior director of equity, diversity, and inclusion and engagement at the

Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Waiting on a Haircut

· Raphael Holloway, MA, CEO of Gateway Center in Atlanta

· Reyahd D.J. Kazmi, Esq., director of business and government strategies at National Youth  Advocate Program in Columbus, Ohio

· Jesse McLean, MA, executive director of Western Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio at Pressley Ridge in Pittsburgh

 · Julius Mullen Sr., PhD, chief clinical officer of Children & Families First in Wilmington, Delaware

 · Claude A. Robinson Jr., executive vice president of external affairs and diversity at UCAN in Chicago 

· Jonathan Palmer, executive director of Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in St. Paul, Minnesota 

· George Winn, MA, COO of The Children's Center in Detroit