The LIVE virtual discussion will focus on vaccine access and addressing questions related to the health and safety of the LGBTQ+ community, Caribbean immigrants, and HIV-impacted people in New York City. The goal is to create a community forum to share information related to the COVID-19 vaccine(s) by culturally-competent and qualified medical professionals while highlighting community concerns surrounding equitable access in Black and Brown immigrant communities.
Health expert and speaker Dr. Julian L. Watkins was activated first as a contract tracer, then on the city’s helpline for healthcare providers, and now as the Lead Equity Officer for the trace component of New York City’s Covid-19 Test and Trace program, where he ensures that initiatives are being equitably implemented across the city. As the Physician in Charge of the Riverside Sexual Health Clinic in the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of Sexually Transmitted Infection Control (BSTI), Dr. Watkins directed patient care and managed daily clinic operations in the fight against sexually transmitted infections, and especially HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Watkins is a queer, Afro-Latino man who has worked tirelessly to fight the healthcare disparities faced by marginalized communities, including LGBTQ+ people.
The forum will be co-facilitated by Sai Ali (left), our Trans Justice Organizer, and Kadeen Robinson (right), CEP’s Policy Advocate and will be live-streamed on Caribbean Equality Project’s Facebook and YouTube social media platforms.