Addressing Common COVID Vaccine Misconceptions
Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 11:00 AM
A training for private duty, home health, hospice and DME companies.
Registration is free, but required. Register today!
About this Event
COVID vaccinations are still lagging among home care workers. Vaccine skepticism among caregivers on the frontlines of home care is made worse by the fallacies and myths (and truths) that are circulating about the COVID vaccines. Join this session to learn how to debunk common COVID-19 vaccine misconceptions within your teams.
Dr. Charlene Brown has been coaching and training home care teams on how to address common COVID vaccine misconceptions among caregivers. She is joined by Dr. Nadeene Riddick, a cell and molecular biologist who specializes in simplifying science for the public. Together they share their knowledge and unpack common vaccine myths. Learn how these vaccines were developed so quickly, how they work, and exactly why they are not damaging our DNA. Counter the myths with science and trust.
About the Speakers
Nadeene Riddick Ph.D.
Virologist and Science Educator
Dr. Nadeene Riddick is a cell and molecular biologist and virologist who earned her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and her BS in General Biology from Cornell University. She applies her expertise as a virologist as a content developer with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) BioInteractive program and has a knack for making science more easily understood by non-scientists.
Dr. Riddick has a long-standing interest in improving science education and science literacy through teaching in formal and informal settings, particularly engaging with individuals who traditionally lack access to STEM programs and activities.
Dr. Riddick’s postdoctoral research at that National Institutes of Health (NIH) focused on studying simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infections in non-human primates in an attempt to understand why SIV causes an AIDS-like disease in some monkey species but not in others. She has served as a professorial lecturer at American University and as a Biology lecturer for the Goucher Prison Education Partnership. Prior to this, she served at the National Science Foundation as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow.
Dr. Riddick has developed and taught the science component of international STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) summer camps in the Gambia and Belize. She is a virologist dedicated to making science accessible to the public.
Charlene Brown MD, MPH, FACPM
CEO, Learn Care Together LLC
Dr. Charlene Brown is a Board-certified physician and entrepreneur with deep expertise in public health, preventive medicine, and the professional caregiver workforce. As a public health physician leader, she has served as a Deputy Health Commissioner at the Baltimore City Health Department, a Medical Officer at the FDA, and Senior Technical Advisor at USAID. Across these roles, Dr. Brown has responded to multiple viral pandemics and various public health crises, shaping public health interventions that have impacted the lives of millions in the US and around the world.
Now, as a physician entrepreneur, Dr. Brown has chosen to serve nursing assistants and other caregiving professionals working on the front lines in senior care. She founded CNA Simulations VR to unblock the pipeline of CNAs. Prior to CNA Simulations VR, Dr. Brown founded Caregiver Jobs Now, an award-winning employment platform connecting caregiving professionals to meaningful jobs. The company has been featured in Home Healthcare News, Aging 2.0, PHI, Washington Life Magazine, and more. Through this work she immersed herself in the careers and lives of caregiving professionals for many years.
Dr. Brown has co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and, most recently, been featured on local and national news outlets discussing the COVID-19 pandemic, including Yahoo Finance, the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Quartz, Vox, and WXYZ ABC News. Through her consulting company, Learn Care Together LLC, she has focused her efforts on increasing uptake of the COVID vaccine among caregiving professionals.
Dr. Charlene Brown is Board-certified in Preventive Medicine, trained in internal medicine, and licensed to practice medicine in Maryland. She is a graduate of Princeton University, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Brown serves on the Community Health Board of Keswick Multi-Care and a former Board member at the Maryland-National Capital Homecare Association (MNCHA.