Empowering refugee, immigrant and migrant community leaders to support COVID-19 vaccine confidence among their peers

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The National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants and IDEO.org have collaborated with refugee, immigrant and migrant communities across the United States to design tools that support COVID-19 vaccine confidence among key populations.

Their most recent projects, Mothers x Mothers and #NoJudgment, support organizations in empowering mothers and young people from RIM communities to engage with their peers as trusted messengers around public health questions and concerns. 

Join this webinar to learn more about these tools and customize them to meet your community’s needs. You’ll also get ideas for co-designing your own public health response efforts with the RIM communities in your area.

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the value of community driven work
  • Replicate successful community engagement practices in their local communities
  • Support mothers and young people from RIM communities in having conversations with their peers about COVID-19 vaccines
  • Use open-source tools developed with RIM communities to boost COVID-19 programming
Syreeta Wilkins

Syreeta Wilkins, NRC-RIM

Syreeta is the communications strategist for the National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants (NRC-RIM), where she leads the communications efforts for the center as well as guides the creation and dissemination of health communications materials.

She has more than a decade of experience in strategic communications, specializing in internal communications, digital media, and diverse and multilingual communities. Before joining the team at NRC-RIM, she led communications for K-12 public schools, most recently focusing on crisis communications and other efforts related to her school district's COVID-19 response.

Syreeta holds a master's degree in linguistics from New York University, where she explored socioeconomic influences on Spanish-speaking immigrants' speech patterns. She holds a bachelor's degree from Macalester College.

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Ridhi Arun, IDEO.org

As Program Manager, Ridhi brings her experience in design program management and passion for refugee health and rights to support the development of community-led solutions for refugee, immigrant, and migrant communities related to COVID-19.

She previously worked across global health projects at IDEO.org, supporting partnerships and design teams. Prior to IDEO.org, Ridhi worked with Partnerships for Trauma Recovery, a non-profit which provides mental health services for refugees and asylum-seekers who have resettled in the Bay Area, where she developed a monitoring and evaluation study for their clinic and was trained in trauma-informed research practices.

Ridhi graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BS in Neuroscience, and the University of California, San Francisco with an MS in Global Health Sciences.

Claudia Sosa Lazo

Claudia Sosa Lazo, IDEO.org

As a Business Design Lead, Claudia blends tangibility with inspiration to help teams create meaningful solutions that scale, and leads the Vaccine Confidence program work at IDEO.org with this lens.
Claudia previously worked as Head of Design and Research at Wave Money, a fast-growing fintech based in SE Asia. Her commitment to implementation stems from a background in product management. She’s worked on solutions at all stages of the product lifecycle and across sectors as varied as blockchain and agriculture.

Claudia holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a BA in Philosophy and Creative Writing from Columbia University.