Addressing Covid-19 Vaccination Disparities

Wednesday, April 19 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT
South Building, Level 4 | S404

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated health disparities in vulnerable communities. The challenge is stark in Philadelphia, one of the most diverse & racially segregated cities in the country. In 2020, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Black patients were dying from COVID-19 at more than 30% higher rates than white patients, & Black & Hispanic women were infected 5 times higher than white women. During the initial release of the COVID vaccines Persons of color (POC) were being vaccinated at disproportionately low rates. In response, Jefferson Health (JH) led a robust, effort to address these disparities. JH focused on equitable invitations for vaccinations to close the care gap. JH launched mobile vaccination units to bring the vaccine directly into underserved communities. JH implemented a robust city-wide mobile vaccination workflow which improved the care gap between the diverse populations of Philadelphia. JH remains committed to providing equitable services to underserved populations.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the health disparities affecting the City of Philadelphia and how COVID-19 exacerbated these disparities.
  • Analyze the methods utilized by Jefferson Health to improve vaccine administration to underserved populations.
  • Evaluate the results of the approach and its impact on vaccine administration to underserved populations.
Chief Quality Officer and Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, CIO/CTO/CTIO/Senior IT, CMIO/CMO


Benjamin H Slovis
Associate Chief Medical Information Officer - Jefferson Health Abington and Northeast Divisions
Jefferson Health, Thomas Jefferson University
Nassar Nizami
Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer
Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health
Patricia Henwood
Chief Clinical Officer, Executive Vice President, |James D and Mary Jo Danella Chief Quality Officer
Jefferson Health
Paul Adams
Integration Architect
Jefferson Health