The series of virtual town halls, which ran last week and is continuing this week, is focused on vaccination and healthcare on the island
Last week and early this week, MMAPA is partnering with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to host a series of virtual town halls for Americans across Puerto Rico focused on vaccination and healthcare on the island. Led by Dr. Dara Kass, Regional Director for Region 2 of the HHS, the series of three town halls invites Puerto Rican insurance providers and doctors to educational sessions to discuss the vaccination for COVID-19 and Dengue disease on the island.
“Americans in Puerto Rico unfortunately face major healthcare disparities compared to our fellow citizens across the country, making it all the more important for residents to have information and answers to important questions about their care. MMAPA is grateful for our partners at the Department of Health and Human Services and their work in hosting these informative town halls to help the American citizens of Puerto Rico. Thank you to all of the doctors and physicians, like our colleague Dr. José Novoa, who are playing a critical role in these town halls and who work tirelessly every day to secure the wellness of Puerto Ricans,” said Roberto Pando Cintrón, President of MMAPA.
“I am proud to be working alongside my fellow chief medical officers in MMAPA’s member health companies and the health experts at HHS, like Dr. Dara Kass, on these informative town halls, helping to build conversations around these important issues in Puerto Rico. It is imperative that we continue to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and Dengue on the island and ensure American citizens in Puerto Rico get answers to important questions about their care,” said Dr. José Novoa, Chair of MMAPA’s Committee of Chief Medical Officers.
The series of town halls started with the first session on Tuesday, May 16, which discussed updates to information on the Bivalent Booster of the COVID-19 vaccine. A second townhall was held on Thursday, May 18 to provide updated information on the Dengue vaccine and was led by the CDC’s Dr. Joshua Wong. The last town hall is scheduled for tomorrow:
- Tuesday, May 23 at 6:00 PM ET – This session will follow the same discussion on the COVID-19 vaccine as the first session. This town hall can be accessed through this Zoom link.