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Spatial Monitoring to Reduce COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitance in Clark County, Nevada

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Abstract

Funded by the Nevada Vaccine Equity Collaborative, Dr. Ge Lin Kan participated in the planning and monitoring of COVI-19 vaccinations in both Nevada and Clark County or Las Vegas. In this talk, Dr. Kan presents a personal account of 10 weeks of monitoring vaccinations to ensure equity. COVID-19 Vaccine distribution and administration programs were sponsored by the federal government, which prohibits under the Title VI (of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) from discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin. At the time, the first dose was only available for 1/3 of the nation’s population, and minority groups were more likely to be infected and more reluctant to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Great community-based efforts were mobilized nationwide to reduce vaccine hesitancy and to make vaccines more accessible to these groups, Dr. Kan was responsible for spatially monitoring vaccination progressions, and he will highlight how to use weekly mapping, spatial clustering surveillance, and model-based evaluation to address coalition’s concerns.

Biography

Dr. Ge Lin KAN is the Acting Head of UGOD Thrust of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou). He received his Ph.D. in Geography from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1996. Prior to joining HKUST (GZ) in January 2022, he was the Professor of Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, School of Public Health at University of Nevada Las Vegas. He served as the director of UNLV Nevada IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence between 2015 and 2016, and he was the director (2011-2014) and Senior Scientist/Consultant (2015-2021) of Nebraska State Joint Public Health Data Center. His research interest includes GIS, spatial epidemiology, data integration, aging and urban health.

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