For Mothers, by Mothers: A Community Health Meetup That Supports Vaccine Confidence

Two women holding small children while facing each other and smiling in partnership with the National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM)  have been working with community leaders and health workers to design vaccine confidence communications and services, rooted in the needs of refugee, immigrant, and migrant communities. 

We are eager to share our newest project that we’re calling Mothers x Mothers. It is a toolkit designed to help organizations plan and implement health-focused meetup groups for immigrant and refugee mothers. By equipping community mothers with the tools to host their own meetups, we can increase access to relevant information delivered in a safe, supportive space. 

We will also showcase how organizations can support vaccine confidence in any community, not just among mothers. We created Makespace to guide organizations in planning, creating and validating vaccine campaigns in partnership with community leaders. 

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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, electronic 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,

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, supporting partnerships and design teams. Prior to, 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,

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 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.

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