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St. Luke’s presents region’s first general public COVID-19 vaccine forum in Spanish

St. Luke’s University Health Network, in conjunction with the Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley, will present the first Spanish community conversation about the Covid-19 Vaccine — “Keeping Our Community Safe” on Wednesday, February 24 at 11:30 am.  This free virtual event will be presented entirely in Spanish.

Join host and moderator Victor Martinez, President and CEO of La Mega Radio, for an up close and personal conversation with Hispanic community leaders regarding the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine and perspectives around it.

The event will feature Dr. Leonardo Claros, St. Luke’s Chief of Bariatric Surgery, as well as Dr. Alycia Walty, Chief Medical Officer, Star Community Health, and David Mann, Spanish Ministries Pastor and Global Missions Director, Life Church.

To register for a link to watch “Keeping Our Community Safe,” visit the St. Luke’s Events Calendar at

This forum is part of St. Luke’s ongoing programming to connect with communities of color to present information and answer questions about COVID-19 and vaccination. Other examples include:

  • St. Luke’s critical care physician, Osamudiamen Idahosa, MD, participated in a Facebook live discussion for Greater Shiloh Church last week.  The discussion focused on ways to reach out to communities of color regarding the vaccine.   The session was moderated by Pastor Phil David and included Shelly Blake R.P.H., a pharmacist in Easton, as well as Nishea Clark, a consultant for St. Luke’s.
  • St. Luke’s will join Faces International, Union Baptist Church and PPL Electric Utilities in a free virtual discussion for the community on the COVID-19 vaccine, its origins, its effectiveness and its availability on Friday, February 19 from 6:30 – 8 pm. “Your Questions Answered: A Community Discussion on the COVID-19 Vaccine” will address the mistrust of health care by communities of color and share scientific information on the development of the COVID-19 vaccine. The discussion will be moderated by Monica Brooks, manager of diversity & inclusion, PPL Electric Utilities. The panelists, including St. Luke’s physicians, will participate in an open Q&A session immediately following the presentation.

“At St. Luke’s, we have been playing an active role to ensure that our providers are sharing vital information about the importance of the vaccine and answer questions for our racial and ethnic minority populations,” Rajika E. Reed, Ph.D., MPH, M.Ed., Senior Network Director of Epidemiology & Strategy, St. Luke’s Community Health & Preventive Medicine.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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