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Guidance for Faith Leaders for Counseling Their Congregants on the COVID-19 Vaccines (Thursday, March 11th at 8:30 am via Zoom) - Register Today!
March 10, 2021

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
8:30 am - 9:45 am
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With rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine underway, the general public is seeking to make informed decisions regarding this critical element in our Nation's response to the Pandemic. As trusted messengers, faith leaders play an important role in helping to guide those under their spiritual care. This week's "Online Briefing for Faith Leaders," hosted by the San Francisco Interfaith Council and supported by the COVID Command Center's Joint Information Center Virtual Outreach Team, welcomes a diverse group of UCSF physicians who will provide religious and lay leaders with the science-based resources needed to convey, in a nonjudgmental way, to those who might be skeptical or fearful, facts regarding the vaccines being offered.
Michael G. Pappas, M.Div.
Kaushik Roy
Executive Director, Shanti Project
Iftekhar Hai
Founding/Former San Francisco Interfaith Council Board Member
(Introduction of Guest Presenters and Presentation
by SFIC Executive Director Michael Pappas)
Dr. Alicia Fernandez
Professor of Medicine at
General Internist at
Alicia Fernandez, M.D., is Professor of Medicine at UCSF and a general internist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General where she practices primary care medicine and attends on the medical wards. Her research is in health and health care disparities, with a focus on diabetes, Latino health, immigrant health, and language barriers. A member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators, she received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Professorship for Humanism in Medicine (2009-2013). Since 2014, Dr. Fernandez has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the National Academy of Science Roundtable on Health Literacy. She is co-editor of the Lange textbook (2016), Medical Management of Vulnerable and Underserved Patients. Dr. Fernandez received her BA at Yale, her MD at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her residency, chief residency and fellowship at UCSF.
At UCSF, Dr. Fernandez serves as the health equity leader of the SOM Differences Matter initiative. She also directs the UCSF Latinx Center of Excellence, a HRSA and UCSF funded project to increase Latinx representation in academic medicine. Dr. Fernandez is co-PI of RISE (NHLBI R25HL126146), a national training program in implementation science for URM faculty; and core-PI of SF BUILD (U54MD009523) a joint capacity building program between UCSF and San Francisco State University.
Dr. Jonathan Butler
Assistant Professional Researcher
Family Community Medicine
Dr. Butler is a researcher in the Department of Family and Community Medicine & the CeNter for the StUdy of AdveRsiTy and CardiovascUlaR DiseasE (NURTURE Center). He is a social epidemiologist and minister with interests in the role of religion, childhood experiences, and psychological stress on health outcomes. He serves as an associate minister at Third Baptist Church of San Francisco and director of the San Francisco African American Faith-Based Coalition, a network of 21 churches located throughout San Francisco.
John A. McKnight
Community Partners Group Coordinator
COVID Command Center
Joint Information Center
SFIC Executive Director Michael Pappas
The SFIC extends special thanks to the COVID Command Center's Joint Information Center Virtual Outreach Team for facilitating technology support 
for this weekly series of Online Briefings for Faith Leaders.
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