TV One’s Town Hall Series Explores Healthcare Disparities and COVID-19 Vaccine


( ENSPIRE News ) TV One’s “REPRESENT OUR VOICE” Town Hall Series Returns With Episodes Exploring Healthcare Disparities Affecting the Black Community

ENSPIRE Contributor: Octavia Johnson

TV One announces the continuation of the “REPRESENT OUR VOICE” Town Hall series with two upcoming episodes that explore disparities in healthcare and concerns regarding the Black communities’ hesitancy around the COVID-19 vaccine. CNN commentator and political analyst Karen Finney returns as moderator for both discussions which will simulcast on TV One and CLEO TV, including social media networks Facebook and YouTube.

Episode five, “Critical Condition: Exploring Healthcare Disparities for African Americans”, aired on Feb. 20th at 9 a.m. ET/8 a.m. CT and focused on ways to combat disparities in medicine regarding ethnic minorities which advocates said were caused by race and racism. Finney brought a panel of esteemed experts who tackled this urgent issue and defined what must be done to stem the tide. Featured panelists included Dr. Jeff Gardere, associate professor, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City; Dr. Jehan (Gigi) El-Bayoumi, Founding Director of Rodham Institute and professor of medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Rev. Deborah Webb, faith leader; and Dr. Nurse Alice Benjamin, clinical nurse specialist and family nurse practitioner.

Dr. Jehan (Gigi) El-Bayoumi
Rev. Deborah K. Webb
Dr. Jeff Gardere

Episode six, “Getting the Point: How Racism and Mistrust Tainted the Covid-19 Vaccine,” airs on Saturday, Feb. 27th at 9 a.m. ET/8 a.m. CT and explores why many people of color are remaining hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine despite it being 95% effective against mild and severe symptoms of COVID-19. Esteemed speakers include Dr. Reed Tuckson, co-founder of the Black Coalition Against COVID-19; Dr. Michael Liu, assistant dean of clinical and professional affairs and associate professor of pharmacy practice, Touro College of Pharmacy; Cora Masters Barry, political strategist, activist, and CEO; and Zakiya Edens, teacher, student advocate, and high-school administrator.

Cora Masters Barry
Zakiya Edens
Dr. Michael Liu
Dr. Reed V. Tuckson

“REPRESENT THE VOTE: OUR VOICE, OUR FUTURE” is produced for TV One by Black Robin Media with Lynne Robinson serving as Executive Producer and Jocelyn Sigue as Producer. For TV One, Susan Henry is the executive producer in charge of production, Donyell McCullough is senior director of talent and casting, Robyn Greene Arrington is vice president of original programming and production.

For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, visit the network’s companion website at TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtag #RepresentOurVoice and catch clips and promos on TV One’s YouTube Channel.