How to engage vulnerable populations

The Biden administration said recently it hopes to have enough vaccines available for every adult in America by the end of May, but how do we communicate the importance of vaccinations in populations that may have a high mistrust.

On March 10, Dr. William Stauffer will discuss what we know and don't know about vaccine hesitancy in refugee and immigrant populations.


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Dr. William Stauffer

Dr. William Stauffer is a Professor Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine and also holds appointments in the Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases & in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He is the Director of Human Migration and Health at the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility. His clinical practice is at Regions Hospital, Infectious Diseases, with an outpatient practice at the Travel and Tropical Medicine Specialty Clinic. He is an expert in travel and tropical medicine working in clinical medicine, surveillance, and policy development. Since 2005 he has served as the Lead Medical Advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (Immigrant, Refugee, Migrant Health Branch) where he works on issues of human mobility and how it affects human health (e.g. refugee & immigrant health). He Co-Directs the UMN/CDC Global Health Course and other online courses. He works extensively overseas in clinical medicine education, research and in public health in more than a dozen countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle east.  He is the director for the United Nations Migration Agency, University of Minnesota Collaborative.  He is also a co-PI for a new COVID National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants.  His research areas have included refugee and immigrant health issues, infectious disease surveillance, diagnostics, neglected tropical diseases, evaluations of public health programs. He acts as an advisor to the European Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and chairs an Inter-Governmental Refugee Health Work-Group aimed at aligning medical management of refugees.

Dan Manley

Dan Manley

Dan Manley has a diverse background with more than 37 years’ experience in planning, preparedness, and response specific to public safety and emergency medical services. The three primary roles that Dan has served during this time include Assistant Chief/Paramedic currently assigned to the Emergency Management Division with the Lee’s Summit Fire Department,​ Health Care System Program Manager with Mid America Regional Council, and Deputy Commander of the Missouri Disaster Medical Assistance Team.


Gabriela Flores

Gabriela Flores has twenty-five years of experience working in the area of health and human services, specifically with refugee and immigrant populations in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  Her area of emphasis has been in language access, diversity and health equity. Ms. Flores currently serves as the Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity at Children’s Mercy- Kansas City.  Her role is to create and implement an organizational framework across the health system focusing on health equity, diversity and inclusion, which includes strategies specifically related to community engagement. Previously, Ms. Flores served as the Director of Interpreter Services for Truman Medical Centers (TMC), a Level I trauma center and safety net hospital for Kansas City, Missouri.  In addition, Ms. Flores has served as adjunct faculty at Johnson County Community College for the Healthcare Interpreting Program for Spanish Interpreters as well as in a similar adjunct capacity at the Metropolitan Community Colleges.  Ms. Flores served as a Commissioner for the national Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters from 2012 to 2018.  Ms. Flores holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, a Master’s in Business Management, and has completed the American Hospital Association’s Cultural Competency Leadership Fellowship (2006).  Ms. Flores is also a KC Chamber Centurion Alumni.  Currently, Ms. Flores serves on the board of directors for Girls on the Run KC, Gilda’s Club KC, Hope Wrx Food Pantry, and Latina Giving Circle of Greater Kansas City.


Jennifer Sutherlin

Jennifer Sutherlin

Jennifer Sutherlin, MPH, BSN, is the Emergency Planner and Exercise Coordinator at Mid-America Regional Council.

She has an interest in building resilience and preparedness across the public sector with a focus on vulnerable populations.