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Black Health and WCNY to present Town Hall live virtual event

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster, in partnership with Black Health present a live virtual town hall event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 to provide information about the COVID-19 vaccine. The goal of the Town Hall is to facilitate a conversation to dispel myths and misconceptions about the COVID vaccine. The event is sponsored by Excellus.

The Town Hall will be facilitated by Helen Hudson, City of Syracuse Common Council President. Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens of the City of Syracuse Mayors Office will be a panelist.

The community is invited to ask questions during an “Ask the Doctors” segment featuring Dr. Daryll Dykes and Dr. Sharon Brangman.

Highlights from the Town Hall will be used to create a special TV program to air on WCNY-TV in March, April, and May.

Visit for more information and to access the Zoom event link.

Viewing Information and Resources

  1. The Town Hall TV program schedule will be posted at
  2. Coronavirus resources and COVID-19 vaccine information available at
  3. The recording of the virtual event will also be posted following the event at

About Black Health
The National Black Leadership Commission on Health (Black Health) champions the promotion of health and prevention of diseases to reduce disparities and achieve equity within the black community. Black Health responds to the impact of public policies on the communities we serve, with an aim to reduce health disparities and promote equity, and we serve as a bridge between legislators and their constituents.

Its policy and advocacy activities include community mobilization and capacity building, public education and awareness campaigns, voter registration events, civic engagement initiatives, and developing youth as leaders in their communities.

Further, they employ the social determinants of health framework not only to intervene on behalf of individuals, but also on behalf of their communities while also addressing the impact of factors such as housing, nutrition, education, employment, the built environment, socioeconomic status, and the social conditions of the environment (e.g., racism, discrimination, bias) on population health and quality of life outcomes.

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