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Black Health and WCNY to present Black Health Town Hall Show

Black Health and WCNY to present Black Health Town Hall COVID-19 vaccine television show
March 21, 23, 26, and 29

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster, in partnership with Black Health will present a 30-minute Black Health Vaccine Town Hall TV show on its WCNY-TV and Global Connect channels March 21, 23, 26, and 29. The show is sponsored by Excellus. The show features highlights from the March 3 Black Health Virtual Event which provided information about the COVID-19.

The Town Hall also aims to dispel myths and misconceptions about the COVID vaccine. The “Ask the Doctors” segment features community questions with answers from SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Dr. Daryll Dykes and Dr. Sharon Brangman. The Town Hall is moderated by Helen Hudson, City of Syracuse Common Council President. Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens of the City of Syracuse Mayor’s Office is a panelist.

TV Show Air Dates and Times
For viewing information visit

  1. Sunday, March 21 at 6 p.m. on WCNY-TV
  2. Tuesday, March 23 at 9:30 p.m. on WCNY-TV
  3. Friday, March 26 at 7:30 a.m. on Global CONNECT
  4. Monday, March 29 at 2 p.m. on Global CONNECT

The program will be available after it airs March 21 at COVID-19 resources are also available at this website.

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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