The second “Seat at the Table” is scheduled for Monday, February 22 and is dedicated to highlighting the ways in which certain communities, specifically New Vermonters, have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The discussion aims to take stock of the experiences of members of the New Vermonter community, lessons learned from local and statewide response, and opportunities for building a more equitable and culturally competent healthcare system. Representatives from the New Vermonter community have been invited as panelists to share experiences and perspectives.
Dr. Maria Mercedes Avila - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor of Nursing, University of Vermont
Amila Merdzanovic - Director at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (Vermont)
Dr. Jules Wetchi - Public Health Specialist representing Vermont’s New American community
Dr. Pablo Bose - Associate Professor of Geography and Director of Global Studies, University of Vermont
Thato Ratsebe, Associate Director and Programs Manager, Association of Africans Living in Vermont