Vaccine Task Force

The Board of Trade commissioned a Regional Vaccine Information Task Force in early 2021. This cross-sector group offers a wide and relevant field of insight and is extremely well positioned to consider challenges and solutions at the intersection of vaccine deployment, public health and safety, and economic recovery. The group’s near-term focus is to educate employers and employees on vaccine information, legal and HR issues, and perhaps most importantly, why the vaccine program is so critical to economic recovery.  

The Task Force planned a series of virtual town hall meetings to inform and encourage members of our community who might be in the “wait and see” category to get the vaccine so we can return to work, business, and leisure. Our focus is on small and mid-sized businesses who might not have the resources or information to respond to their employees, customers, or others seeking clarifying information. We know local governments, health providers, universities, and others are holding similar events and we aim to supplement those efforts.   

In partnering with the Chambers across the region, we seek to leverage the trusted business-to-business relationships between chambers and their members. These town halls are designed for a small group in a relaxed virtual atmosphere where the attendees feel comfortable and have an opportunity to engage with a experts to ask their tough questions about covid-19, vaccine hesitancy, herd (or community) immunity, return to workplace HR and legal considerations, or other questions for which they are seeking clarifications.  

Vaccine Task Force Participants

Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA) – Nicola Whiteman, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs

Best Best & Krieger, LLP – Lisa Bell, Partner, Washington D.C. Office

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield – Colette Chichester, Vice President of Government Affairs

Carlton Fields, P.A. – Megan Dhillon, Attorney

Children’s National Hospital – Kathy Gorman, Executive Vice President for Patient Care Services & Chief Operating Officer

Cigna Mid-Atlantic – Christina A. Stasiuk, DO, FACOI, Senior Medical Director

Clyde’s Restaurant Group – Jeff Owens, CFO & Corporate Development

Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area – Andrew Flagel, President and CEO

EY – Yele Aluko, EY Americas Chief Medical Officer

Fox Rothschild – Reggie Jones, DC Office Managing Partner

Giant Pharmacy – Samir Balile R.Ph., Pharm.D., Manager of Clinical Programs

Greater Washington Board of Trade – Jack McDougle, President & CEO

Holy Cross Health – Eileen Cahill, Chief Advocacy and Community Engagement Officer

Howard University Hospital – Anita L.A. Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer

Inova Health System – Marna Borieux, DHA, MBA, Chief of Staff

Johns Hopkins Health System – David Simpkins, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, National Capital Region

Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic – Lawrence Hamilton, Chief Operating Officer, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

LINK Strategic Partners – Michael Akin, President

MedStar Health – Emily Briton, Vice President, Professional Services, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) – Lisa Ragain, Principal Planner

Uber – Michele Blackwell, Public Affairs Manager, Mid-Atlantic

United Healthcare – Landis Rush, National Vice President, Advocacy & Education, State and Local Govt. Public Sector, Labor & Trust

Verizon – Candice Austin, Director, State Government & Community Affairs

WMATA-Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority – Theresa Impastato, EVP/Chief Safety Officer

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