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Community Action to Host "COVID-19 Vaccines and the Black Community: A Virtual Town Hall."

Next Wednesday, May 19, 2021, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am CDT, Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties is hosting “COVID-19 Vaccines and the Black Community: A Virtual Town Hall.” This town hall will feature two African American medical professionals, Dr. Minelva Nanton Donato and Chanon Ridore (APRN, CNP), who will discuss the science and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines as well as access to the vaccine in the Black community, which has been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.  

This free town hall is interactive and encourages direct participation of all those attending. Therefore, questions, comments, personal experiences will be welcome throughout the duration of this event. To access Community Action’s “COVID-19 Vaccines and the Black Community: A Virtual Town Hall,” please join us on Zoom, May 19, at 10:00 am Central Time. The meeting link, meeting ID, and passcode are all listed below.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 985 4493 4497
Passcode: RQ52^2

And, for more information on the COVID-19 vaccines and the pandemic’s impact on the African American community, here is a story and accompanying video (see link below) from The Root.

About Minelva Nanton Donato, MD, PhD

Dr. Nanton specializes in broad-spectrum family medicine and has a particular interest in preventive medicine, lifestyle medicine, complex chronic disease management, prenatal care, attending births, women’s health, pediatric care, mental health, LGBTQ care, immigrant and refugee health. As a scientist, she has a commitment to evidence-based medicine and quality improvement. Dr. Nanton earned both her M.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

About Chanon Ridore, APRN, CNP

Ms. Ridore is a Certified Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with Hennepin Healthcare. Her specialization is in general pediatrics and she also has experience in pediatric ear, nose and throat conditions. Ms. Ridore holds both a BS and BSN in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.

Our Impact This Year

  • People Who Received Utility Bill Assistance


  • Children Enrolled in Head Start & Early Head Start


  • People Whose Utility Bills Were Lowered Through Home Weatherization


  • Workers Provided with Transportation Support Including Vehicle Loans, Repair Grants, and Transit Passes


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