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NEW VACCINE RESOURCES
Free, Online Vaccine Confidence Training and Tool Kit for Clinicians and Health Providers
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has developed Inform to Empower: Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence One Conversation at a Time training to help clinicians have effective conversations with their patients about COVID-19 vaccines. This free training is certified for Continuing Medical Education (CME) for 1.5 credits and is accessible to non-ACOG members with free and simple account creation. Learn more here.
ICLAC Website, Facebook, and LinkedIn Pages Now Live!
Stay current with the Immunization Coalition of Los Angeles County’s updated website ImmunizeLAC.org for additional resources and be sure to follow ICLAC updates via Facebook and LinkedIn!
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: American Academy of Pediatrics Encourages HPV Vaccination
The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical cancers. The earlier the protection, the better! Kids’ immune systems between ages 9-12 respond well to the
HPV vaccine, so they need just 2 doses. After age 15, their immune systems will need 3 doses to work as well.
New NIH CEAL Resources Address Long COVID
The Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) updated its Long COVID web page with three new fact sheets that focus on how community-based organizations can share Long COVID information with their communities and how study volunteers can help scientists understand more about the condition. The updated web page also has links to clinical trials and other resources.
ICLAC COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT
I Am Not Your Hero (Film) – A Shared Harvest Project
I Am Not Your Hero is a timely film directed by Kelley Kali, produced by Shared Harvest as part of the VERCIS Docuseries and delivers a message inspired by Black women physicians who need to be heard – NOW.
The film follows a medical doctor through her own tribulations while serving patients during the pandemic. The film spotlights the unique mental and emotional toll experienced by BIPOC and female-identified medical doctors facing the COVID pandemic, financial disparities, and racial bias, often experienced while caring for their own families and communities.
The film will be screened in February as part of the 2023 Pan African Film & Arts Festival. If you would like to host a screening and/or receive an educational guide, please contact producers at [email protected].
NEW EVENTS, WEBINARS, TOWN HALLS
CDC and CDPH Joint COVID-19 Narrative Briefing
January 24, 2023 | 1:00pm PT
To provide greater insights into the root causes of vaccine hesitancy and to mitigate the harmful impacts of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation to public health, CDC and CDPH have teamed up to host a series of Joint COVID-19 Narrative Briefings. (After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)
Questions: [email protected]
Vaccination Communication Inoculating Against Misinformation Q&A
January 31, 2023 | 12:00pm PT
Join us for an exclusive Q + A session on the threat of vaccine mis- and disinformation on social media, and the urgency for health care organizations and professionals to communicate effectively through social media platforms with trusted messengers. This is a follow up to our initial webinar in December 2022.
NHMA Virtual Briefing Series Session #19: Tridemic
January 31, 2023 | 12:00pm PT / 3:00pm ET
Join National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and experts on Flu, COVID-19, and RSV to explore how healthcare workers and physicians can help Latine patients navigate the Tridemic.
Enhancing Prevention Strategies and Health Outcomes through Bilingual COVID-19 Resources
February 7, 2023 | 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET
During this webinar, you will hear from an HHS speaker who will provide an overview of the bi- lingual materials developed for this campaign. Trini Solis M.D., M.P.H will discuss best practices and strategies for how physicians can promote preventive health behaviors to their patients this winter.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY COVID NEWS & UPDATES
January 17, 2023 – Press Release link here
COVID-19 Situational Update
- LA County is not reporting a large spike in COVID cases following the winter holidays.
- The average number of reported cases has decreased to about 1,300 cases per day.
- This past week, there was an average of 162 hospital admissions per day. This is lower
- than the average of 192 admissions per day in late December.
- LA County DPH is currently reporting an average of 20 deaths per day, up from the average of 15 deaths reported per day during the last week of December.
- Using the CDC’s Community Levels framework, LA County remains in the Medium Community Level.
- LA County does not yet have a clear picture of the impact of variant XBB.1.5. It is an Omicron strain (as opposed to an entirely new variant) and indoor masking and staying up to date on recommended vaccines and boosters is strongly advised.
EXTERNAL NEWS HEADLINES
Los Angeles Times: ‘Tripledemic’ Has These LAUSD Parents Seeking Mask Mandate
At the first sign of a sniffle or stormy weather ahead Lourdes Lopez keeps her 10-year-old daughter, Alison, home from school. Alison has Down syndrome and is more vulnerable to illness. (Reyes-Velarde and Blume, 1/16)
Stat: Routine Vaccinations Drop Among U.S. Kids For Third Straight Year
The percentage of U.S. kindergartners who’ve received standard childhood vaccines took a small but notable dip into the 2021-2022 school year, health officials said Thursday, amid disruptions related to Covid-19 and fears that anti-vaccine sentiment stirred up by the pandemic could be spreading to other shots. (Joseph, 1/12)
The Hill: Meta-Study Highlights COVID Dangers During Pregnancy
A new scientific review published Monday found that a COVID-19 infection at any time during a pregnancy increases the risk of maternal mortality, severe maternal morbidities and adverse newborn outcomes. (Sforza, 1/16)