Past Event

Community Health Workers Town Hall Series: COVID-19 Vaccine

March 4, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This town hall is meant to bring Community Health Workers from Harlem, Washington Heights, and South Bronx together in one place to discuss their questions and concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccines. This is an interactive event with guided breakout rooms that will be creating and reviewing a vaccine competency toolkit for local CHW networks to use. We hope that this event informs our community about the importance of vaccination as we move forward through the COVID-19 crisis. Community-Based Organizatons and local agencies are encouraged to join.


  • Dr. Anil Rustgi, Interim Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center  
  • Dr. Olajide Williams, Professor of Neurology, Chief of Staff, Department of Neurology, Co-Director, Columbia Wellness Center, Special Advisor to the Dean of Health Sciences and Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • Dr. Rafael Lantigua, Associate Dean for Community Service, Director, Office of Community Service Programs, Professor of Medicine, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Irving Medical Center 

Special Guests:

  • Congressman Adriano Espaillat, U.S. Representative (NY-13)


  • Dr. Julia Iyasere, Executive Director, Dalio Center for Health Justice NewYork-Presbyterian
  • Dr. Melissa Stockwell, Co-Chair, CUIMC Vaccine Committee, Division Chief, Child and Adolescent Health Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population and Family Health, Columbia University Irving Medical Center 
  • Dr. Magdalena Sobieszczyk, Professor of Medicine Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and Attending Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian


  • Lina Sinisterra, Community Health Worker
  • Calvin Martin, Community Health Worker