International visitors at WithinReach
- An Immunity Community parent advocate meeting in Bellingham
- An opportunity to learn from our colleagues about vaccine hesitancy research projects at the Group Health Research Institute
- A visit to the Washington State Department of Health
- A major event at PATH highlighting the resonances between the vaccine hesitancy work happening locally and globally
- A tour of the school-based health center at Nathan Hale High School
- A learning opportunity at, and tour of, Seattle Children’s Hospital
We’ve learned so much already. South Africa faces many challenges that parallel what we see in the United States, specifically focused on trust in the health system and the impact of cultural norms on vaccination. I think we all feel a sense of awe about the challenges faced in Afghanistan, where hesitancy often emerges from violent propaganda and edicts of rogue groups like the Taliban, which threaten the lives and livelihoods of immunizers at times. Nonetheless, our conversations have focused on new and creative strategies, like activating social networks, creating projects focused on specific ethnic groups, engaging performance opportunities like songs, etc. in addressing vaccine hesitancy.
Many thanks to all of the people who have come together to make this week a success!