Prevea Health


Health disparities prevention summit II:
Addressing barriers to vaccination

 


Since the late 18th century with the discovery of the smallpox vaccine by Edward Jenner, vaccinations have been saving lives and preventing infectious diseases (i.e. measles, chicken pox, HPV and most recently, COVID-19). Vaccines work! While science backs this truth up, vaccination rates are not the same for all populations. Infections of some of our most preventable diseases are more prevalent in rural communities and among African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos and those in poverty.

 

In 2019, the Economic Policy Institute in Washington found that a number of factors — historical, economic, demographic and political — have shaped patterns of racial disparity and race relations in the Midwest. There are numerous historical reasons for current disparities, and racism is at the center of them. Systemic issues of racism have led to limited access to food, environments and employment, and health care disparities which significantly alter the quality of life afforded to marginalized groups. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought these issues to the forefront. This summit provides an opportunity to address the issues so we are better prepared to educate and vaccinate all people, no matter the health crisis.
 
Prevea Health is pleased to present Health disparities summit II: Addressing barriers to vaccination, which will provide a safe space to evaluate and reflect on the historic antecedents to current health disparities and inequities across Wisconsin. Please join us for workshops providing life-saving vaccination information across race, ethnicity and socio-cultural backgrounds.
 
If your business, organization or local community needs support responding to our state’s changing demographics, this event is for you.

Included in the summit:

  • How systemic racism impacts health outcomes
  • Definitions
  • Implications for the workplace
  • Tools for a post-pandemic existence

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Keynote Speaker
 

Victor Wilburn, PhD
Victor Wilburn, PhD
Chair and Professor of Child and Family Studies
Southeast Missouri State University

Victor R. Wilburn is the Chairperson for the Department of Child and Family Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. As Chair, his responsibilities are to coordinate and oversee the Department of Child and Family Studies which consists of 10 full-time faculty, eight part-time faculty and over 200 undergraduate students. Dr. Wilburn's activities consist of teaching in the areas of child development, family studies, education, research and student advising. Dr. Wilburn has experience teaching courses in each of the child related periods of development, childhood trauma, sexual abuse and domestic violence. Dr. Wilburn has also provided consultation and training to organizations committed to rural community development, preschool education and issues pertaining to equity and diversity. He has been at the position of Chairperson of the Department of Child and Family Studies since January 2017. Dr. Wilburn was a program director working with troubled children in the state of Tennessee for 10 years. He has been responsible for staff training and development, resident crisis management and sex education workshops to residents at the facility. Dr. Wilburn has also taught courses in child development for four years at the University of Tennessee and five years as an assistant professor at the University of Akron. He earned his Doctorate in Child Development at the University of Tennessee, an M.S. in Rural Sociology from the University of Tennessee and a B.S. in Rural Development from Tennessee State University. Dr. Wilburn has conducted research on rural families and rural community development. He has also done research on children's development and explored psychosocial developmental outcomes. His work has been published in journals, presented at conferences and facilitated workshops throughout urban and rural communities of America.


About our presenters

Bill Cayley, Jr, MD, MDiv
Bill Cayley, Jr, MD, MDiv

Adjunct Clinical Professor
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Prevea Family Medicine Residency

Devon Christianson
Devon T. Christianson, CSW, MS, CIRS-A

Director
Aging & Disability Resource Center of Brown County

Mark Gideonsen, MD
Mark Gideonsen, MD

Residency Faculty Physician
Prevea Health

Jane Lehman
Jane Lehman

Grant Project Director
Project: HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP)

LeKecia L. LovettLeKecia L. Lovett
CEO
Encompass Solutions, LLC

Sarah Lulloff, MD
Sarah Lulloff, MD

Infections Disease Physician and Medical Director of Infection Prevention
HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center

Colleen Messner, RN, BSN Spanish Health Navigation Program Coordinator Casa ALBA Melanie
Colleen Messner, RN, BSN

Spanish Health Navigation Program Coordinator
Casa ALBA Melanie

Eddie Moore, PhD
Eddie Moore, PhD

Founder and CEO
The Privilege Institute

Anna Nick (Destree), MS
Anna Nick (Destree), MS

Public Health Officer/Administrator
Brown County Health Department

Dr. Sabrina Robins
Sabrina Robins, PhD

Chief Operations Officer and Integrator
Abaxent, LLC

Renita Robinson, MEd, MS, ABD Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Prevea Health
Renita Robinson, MEd, MS, ABD

Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
Prevea Health

Kenda Roman
Kenda Roman

Race Equity Consultant
IN*SPIRATION

Katrina Severance, DO
Katrina Severance, DO

Family Medicine Physician
Prevea Health

Geoffrey Swain, MD, MPH
Geoffrey R. Swain, MD, MPH

Emeritus Professor, UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health President
Wisconsin Public Health Association

Josh Thies
Josh Thies

Executive Director
Options for Independent Living

Lisa Tutskey, LMFT
Lisa Tutskey, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Prevea Health

Erika Villafuerte
Erika Villafuerte

Bilingual Director for Equity in Healthcare & Wellness
Salud First


 
Funded by the COVID-19 Vaccination Community Outreach Grant from:
Wisconsin Department of Health Services - DHS


Agenda

 
Topic Facilitator Additional information
8 a.m. – 8:25 a.m. Welcome and introduction Renita Robinson, MEd, MS, ABD
Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
Prevea Health
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Keynote: Bridging the divide: Safe vaccination conversations for rural and other communities Victor Wilburn, PhD 
Chair and Professor of Child and Family Studies
Southeast Missouri State University
Participants in this session will be presented with information about how rural communities function and contextualize life-saving vaccination information across race, ethnicity and socio-cultural backgrounds.
10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Pandemic 2020: Hidden costs and lasting impacts Jane Lehman
Grant Project Director
Project: HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP)
 
Lisa Tutskey, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Prevea Health
Health disparities have garnered national attention during the pandemic. The most vulnerable in our communities have faced a double impact of health disparities and now, COVID-19. Participants in this session will discuss loss of connection and mental health issues across a broad spectrum, and the impact the pandemic had on populations suffering from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).
10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Chronic stress: The truth about pathways to health Geoffrey R. Swain, MD, MPH
Emeritus Professor, UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
President
Wisconsin Public Health Association
Everybody has stress. But some people have the resources to mitigate that stress, while others experience chronic, “toxic” stress. This workshop will center its discussion on how chronic stress (like social and economic circumstances) “gets under the skin”, and how it strongly drives the likelihood that people – as individuals and as groups – will have healthier, or less healthy, lives.
10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Vaccine issues in rural communities Victor Wilburn, PhD 
Chair and Professor of Child and Family Studies
Southeast Missouri State University
Participants in this session will learn valuable information about individuals from rural communities. Numerous questions about the culture, mindset and practices of individuals in rural communities will be discussed, including implications of vaccination efforts.
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Vaccine hesitancy: Myths, misnomers and the facts Sarah Lulloff, MD
Infections Disease Physician and Medical Director of Infection Prevention
HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center
This community session will provide a safe space to exchange robust vaccination information. We’ll debunk myths, provide facts backed by science and encourage discourse related to a variety of vaccinations (i.e. Influenza, MMR, COVID-19, etc.).  Participants will leave with a better understanding of how safe and important vaccines are for the general health of humanity. Additionally, clear answers to questions like, “What is herd immunity?” and “How does it function?” will be answered.
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Youth, vaccination and what you’ve herd about immunity. Victor Wilburn, PhD 
Chair and Professor of Child and Family Studies
Southeast Missouri State University
Late in 2021, the CDC approved vaccinations for children five to 11 years old.   Some communities rushed to have their children vaccinated while others were alarmed and angry. Participants in this workshop will gain perspective related to the thinking and impact that adding children to the vaccination discourse had on the pandemic. 
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Power, privilege and leadership Eddie Moore
Founder and CEO
The Privilege Institute
The CDC defines social determinants of health as conditions in the places where people live, learn, work and play that affect a wide range of health and quality-of-life-risks and outcomes. Participants in this workshop will be exposed to information that provides real life examples of what this means.
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Vaccination: Rates, recommendations, responses and religion Bill Cayley, Jr, MD, MDiv
Adjunct Clinical Professor
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Prevea Family Medicine Residency
Participants will be presented with information about rates of vaccination according to religious self-identification, common themes in religious objection and general recommendations for responding to objections.  The discussion will focus on general categories of objections in different faith communities.
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. From barriers to breakthrough: Gifts  of the pandemic Erika Villafuerte
Bilingual Director for Equity in Healthcare & Wellness
Salud First

Devon Christianson
Director
Aging & Disability Resource Center of Brown County
 
Colleen Messner, RN, BSN
Spanish Health Navigation Program
Casa ALBA Melanie
 
Dr. Sabrina Robins, PhD
Chief Operations Officer and Integrator
Abaxent, LLC
A variety of new and excellent conventions for serving underserved populations emerged from the pandemic. Participants in this workshop will glean tools and useful information about the experiences of three organizations receiving Department of Health funding to support vaccination efforts targeted to culturally specific groups.
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Putting COVID-19 in our rear view mirror. So, what now? Katrina Severance, DO
Family Medicine Physician
Prevea Health
COVID-19 has left an unforgettable impact on our lives. Images of masks and memories of being away from our loved ones will live in our collective conscience for years.  Some people who were infected with COVID-19 have lingering symptoms for weeks or months after they begin to recover. You might know this as “long COVID.” Experts have coined a new term for it: post-acute sequelae SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC). Participants will learn about a broad range of long COVID symptoms and resources. 
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Lessons and learnings from the 2020 pandemic LeKecia L. Lovett
CEO
Encompass Solutions, LLC

Mark Gideonsen, MD
Residency Faculty Physician
Prevea Health

Anna Nick (Destree), MS
Public Health Officer/Administrator
Brown County Health & Human Services – Public Health Division
 
Josh Thies
Executive Director
Options for Independent Living
 
Kenda Roman
Race Equity Consultant
IN*SPIRATION
Participants will share their agency learnings and efforts to eliminate barriers related to health care access during the 2020 pandemic.