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Monday, May 17, 2021

Fact vs. Fiction - Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines 5/18

 Fact vs. Fiction - Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines


Join the Commonwealth Seminar for a virtual Lunch and Learn about COVID-19 vaccines with Dr. Julian Deider

About this event

All our lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in many ways. But the release of the COVID-19 vaccines brings hope, and, for many people, lots of questions. In this interactive session, you will hear a breakdown of the vaccines – how they are developed and what to expect if you get one – and you will learn about ways to communicate your questions about the vaccine with your own doctor. You will even have an opportunity to submit your own questions during registration.

Dr. Julien Dedier, M.P.H.

Dr. Dedier received his medical degree from Northwestern University. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and obtained a Masters of Public Health degree in quantitative research methods at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has served as a primary care provider to Boston Medical Center's safety-net population for over 20 years, and has conducted multiple human subjects research studies in these settings, working successfully with clinical practices at Boston Medical Center and at community health centers to recruit primary care patients and providers for research. His research interests have included understanding the influence of ethnic, cultural, and environmental factors on risk-related behaviors for cardiovascular disease and cancer among underprivileged urban minority groups. As a co-investigator for the All of Us Research Program, he is committed to building a research resource that reflects the rich diversity of the US population.

Moderator - Leverett Wing

Leverett is the Executive Director of the Commonwealth Seminar educating advocates and leaders who live in & work with underserved communities about the “ins & out” and “essentials” of working with, and within, all levels of government.

Before the Seminar, Leverett led the Community Services Division at The MA Department of Housing & Community Development and was the Executive Director of Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote). He was the first permanent Executive Director of the Massachusetts Asian American Commission.

Recognized by Get Konnected as one of their “One Hundred Most Influential People of Color,” in Boston and a recipient of the prestigious "Good Guy Award" from the MA Women's Political Caucus, (only the second Asian-American to receive the award) Leverett also serves on the boards of a number of highly respected organizations.

About the All of Us Research Program

Too often, health care is one size fits all. Treatments meant for the “average” patient may not work well for individual people. Health care providers may find it difficult to coordinate care among specialists or to access all of a patient’s health information. Researchers may spend lots of time and resources creating new databases for every study.

All of Us is working to improve health care through research. Unlike research studies that focus on one disease or group of people, All of Us is building a diverse database that can inform thousands of studies on a variety of health conditions. This creates more opportunities to:

  • Know the risk factors for certain diseases
  • Figure out which treatments work best for people of different backgrounds
  • Connect people with the right clinical studies for their needs
  • Learn how technologies can help us take steps to be healthier

All of Us is part of a new era in which researchers, health care providers, technology experts, community partners, and the public work together to develop individualized health care.

Diversity is one of the core values of the All of Us Research Program. All of Us is asking lots of people to join the program. Participants are from different races, ethnicities, age groups, and regions of the country. They are also diverse in gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, disability, and health status.

About All of Us New England

All of Us New England is an enrollment partner of the All of Us Research Program. Mass General Brigham and its founding hospitals, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, working with Boston Medical Center launched the All of Us New England consortium in May 2018.

About the Commonwealth Seminar

The Commonwealth Seminar is a privately funded program with the mission of: "Opening the Doors of Government to Everyone". It is an intensive training program focused on teaching diverse leaders how the legislative process really works.

Top legislators, legislative staff, media members, and policymakers introduce seminar participants to the legislative and budget processes, lobbying & advocacy, working with the press/media, and thinking critically about policy issues.

By giving an insiders' view of the process, our goal is to encourage diverse leaders to become effective advocates and to pursue careers in public service.


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