Join this webinar to hear from experts from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) on how to build clients' trust and strengthen your ability to answer clients’ commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine while reinforcing their safety, dignity, and agency. You'll learn how to answer clients' questions about COVID-19 vaccines, know where to find COVID-19 vaccine resources for your clients, and develop customized approaches that resonates with your community in order to be comfortable within your knowledge base, and what you do not know.
New this month
In this update from last month's webinar, IRC staff will also discuss questions related to vaccines for youth ages 12-17.
About the International Rescue Committee
Since October 2020, NRC-RIM has been partnering with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a community-based organization dedicated to helping people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.
IRC and NRC-RIM work together to prevent and mitigate the spread and impact of COVID-19 in refugee, immigrant and migrant (RIM) communities nationwide. This includes:
- Engaging with RIM community leaders;
- Shared promising practices from across the country;
- Bolstering public health departments’ capacity; and
- Co-creating culturally and linguistically appropriate materials with and for RIM communities, particularly about COVID-19 vaccines.
Sarah Clarke is Technical Advisor for Health Promotion with IRC. She is a global health consultant who has worked with organizations in the United States, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada and Mali. Sarah is also the coordinator for the Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers and co-organizer of the US North American Refugee Health Conference. Her most recent work includes program manager for a team investigating COVID-19 outbreaks in southern Alberta’s meatpacking plants through the University of Calgary’s refugee health research program, Refugee Health YYC. Sarah has a Master of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Certificate in Global Mental Health: Trauma & Recovery from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma.
Leena Zahra is a Project & Operations Sr. Coordinator for the IRC (US). Leena is a Syrian-American, social impact partnership strategist and bridge builder. She has a Master’s in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), with a specialization in highlighting issues and shifting the narrative for globally displaced persons uprooted due to humanitarian crises. She has worked with small to large scale Nonprofits, NGOs, social justice coalitions, and government agencies like the World Food Program (WFP), International Rescue Committee (IRC UK), Karam Foundation, and U.S. Senate.
Daniel Kaingu is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in the state of New Jersey. He graduated from the State University of New Jersey with a Master’s in Social Work degree (MSW) and is also a holder of an undergraduate degree in English-Literature from Pwani University in Kenya. He also holds a Certificate in Promoting Child and Adolescent Well-Being from Rutgers University.
With more than two years of experience working in a variety of settings and with diverse clients, Daniel is currently working as a Community Health Worker with the IRC Elizabeth Office specifically with the Congolese Swahili Refugee Community to address vaccine hesitance, identifying barriers to vaccine access and finding ways to help the community at large with vaccination campaigns.