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The Legacy Series: Community Conversations

The goal of the series is to heed the lessons learned from our past and present by creating a forum to listen to community needs, concerns, ideas and solutions. The series aims to promote transparent communication with the communities we serve about the work that we do in clinical and translational research.


In Case You Missed It- February 3, 2021 Forum


With dozens of COVID-19 vaccines now in clinical trials, it is important to understand the accelerated timelines for development, the different types of vaccines available, and the facts related to vaccine safety and efficacy. It’s also important for communities to feel confident about the vaccines, in order to overcome hesitation about getting vaccinated for COVID.

The discussion of community trust in science, medicine and research comes at a crucial time, when the pandemic has seen over 420,000 lives lost in the U.S. alone. COVID-19 is also disproportionately impacting vulnerable communities, a jarring reality that has been amplified by current racial tensions and continuing inequities experienced by Black, Latinx and communities of color.


  1. Ascertain the level of community trust in science and health information, with special attention to vaccine confidence and use.
  2. Ascertain what we, as a research community, need to continue to do to strengthen trust.
  3. Ascertain the communities’ thoughts about COVID-19 vaccines.


What to Expect

The forum will follow the deliberative forum structure, that have the following elements: participant-focused, focused questions, balanced background materials, representing different segments of the community, small group facilitated discussion, identifying shared ideas/concerns and assigning them relative priority, instant reporting of participant input.