Virtual Town Hall: The Importance of Vaccines

Building Trust within Communities of Color

UPDATE: Many thanks to our panelists and all who joined us for the virtual town hall. The full video is available below and on YouTube at this link:

Join us on Tuesday, Jan.12, at 5:30 p.m. as we bring together local healthcare providers with community leaders for a conversation on building trust in vaccines and overcoming the obstacles faced by communities of color in accessing care.

Registration is live, and we want your voice to help steer the conversation. When you sign up, we’ll follow up with a brief survey to better understand what questions you have for our panelists and which areas of discussion are most important to you.

The event will be streamed in real time to the Tri-County Community Network’s Facebook page and a video of the town hall made available following the event.

The Montgomery County Immunization Coalition and TriCounty Health Council are proud to support conversations that empower individuals to take charge of their health. We hope to continue this dialogue with a series of discussions revolving around access to care, trust in immunizations, and good health in our community.


Thank you to our panelists for participating in this conversation. Read more about the members of the town hall panel.

  • Valerie A. Arkoosh, MD, MPH: Chair, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners
  • Jonathan Corson: President, Pottstown NAACP #2288
  • Nelly Jimenez-Arevalo: Executive Director and CEO, ACLAMO Family Centers
  • Richard Lorraine, MD, FACP: Medical Director, Montgomery County Office of Public Health
  • Irene Shepherd, CPNP: Chief Medical Officer, Community Health & Dental Care
  • Meghan Smith, MPH: Planning and Promotion Coordinator, Chester County Health Department
  • Stacey Woodland: CEO, YWCA Tri-County Area
  • John Harris (Moderator): Director, Veralon

More Information

As we head into a dangerous winter with the dual threats of COVID-19 and influenza, understanding the lifesaving power of vaccination is more important than ever.

Montgomery County has launched a COVID-19 vaccine information page with up-to-date information about the vaccine roll-out and it’s safety and efficacy. To find vaccines near you, including vaccines for influenza, speak with your healthcare provider or visit Watch below for valuable information regarding the efficacy and safety of influenza and COVID-19 vaccines.