Strategies for Health Plans to Support Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Vulnerable Populations: Recent Webinar Key Takeaways

On April 1, 2021, Resources for Integrated Care (RIC) hosted a webinar entitled Strategies for Health Plans to Support Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Vulnerable Populations. Multiple experts from the field joined us to share their valuable insights on the topic:

  • Marvin Figueroa, Director, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, discussed the Department of Health and Human Services’ efforts to reduce barriers to COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • Shelly Winston, Division of Part D Policy, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), provided an overview of the COVAX Data Project, through which CMS is sharing COVID-19 vaccination data with health plans.
  • Beejadi Mukunda, MD, Medical Director, MyCare Ohio, CareSource, and Jennifer Anadiotis, Director, Integrated Care Post-Acute Strategy, CareSource, spoke about current strategies being employed by CareSource for improving member access to COVID-19 vaccinations. You can read more about CareSource’s work around member transportation to vaccination appointments on our blog.
  • Misty de Lamare, Director of Communications, L.A. Care Health Plan, and Alex Li, MD, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, L.A. Care Health Plan, shared promising practices related to equitable vaccine access for their members. To read more about L.A. Care’s efforts to ensure access to COVID-19 resources for members who do not speak English, visit our blog post here.

The speakers participated in a robust panel discussion in which they answered questions around vaccine hesitancy, equity, member outreach, and more. To view a recording of the webinar, including the slides and transcript, click here to visit the RIC website. To view a summary of approaches and strategies to promoting equity in access to COVID-19 vaccinations provided by webinar participants, click here.

In addition, we have a COVID-19 Vaccination Resource Guide that lists links to websites, videos, tip sheets, and other resources related to COVID-19 vaccination. To read more about other promising practices related to COVID-19 vaccination, visit our weekly blog here.