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The Virus & The Vaccine Answers For The Church From The Church was a honest, informational, and interactive conversation with medical experts within the body of Christ about the COVID19 Virus & Vaccine. Members of our community were provided with the facts they need to make an informed decision about taking the COVID19 Vaccine. Watch Video Recording Below...

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What We Need Are The Right Facts So That We Don’t Move In Fear!

Featured Panelists and Presenters:

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Dr. Teresa Byrd

M.D., FACOG, MSCI

Teresa T. Byrd, M.D., FACOG, MSCI, is a native of Los Angeles, California.  She received her undergraduate degree in biology/pre-medicine from Florida A&M University and went on to obtain her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Dr. Byrd has focused her research efforts on pre-invasive disease of the cervix as well as resident and medical student education.  She has published on the use of Raman spectroscopy in the detection of cervical dysplasia and more recently on the use of AHCC to block the expression of HPV in patients with abnormal paps. She has numerous institutional and national teaching awards and has presented at many national meetings.  Dr. Byrd’s clinical focus as an academic generalist has been in minimally invasive gynecology, robotic surgery and office gynecology. 

 

She currently serves on the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) District IV committee on Health Disparities and Health Equity, and on the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (GOGS) Advisory Board.  Dr. Teresa Byrd is dedicated to improving the training of future OBGYN physicians and works diligently to help eliminate disparities in healthcare.

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Dr. Allan Pickens

Dr. Pickens is an Associate Professor in the Section of Thoracic Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.  Dr. Pickens is director of the Emory Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program and he is also director of Minimally Invasive Pulmonary Resection and Thoracic Surgical Oncology.

 

Dr. Pickens was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Alabama who received his undergraduate degree in microbiology.  He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Alabama and his thoracic surgery residency at the University of Michigan.   Subsequently he completed a fellowship in minimally invasive pulmonary resection at Cedar-Sinai Hospital.  He was on faculty at the University of Michigan until he was recruited to Emory. Dr. Pickens currently serves as Director of Thoracic Oncology and Chief of Surgical Services at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

 

Dr. Pickens specializes in general thoracic surgery including:  minimally invasive pulmonary resections, lung transplantation, esophageal surgery and other surgical diseases of the chest. Dr. Pickens’ research interests include clinical outcome studies and translational research.

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Dr. Jacquelyn Turner

MD, FACS, FASCRS

Dr. Jacquelyn Seymour Turner is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Morehouse School of Medicine. She is a native from Houston, Texas. Dr. Turner obtained her medical doctorate degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas.

 

She completed her General Surgery Residency at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois and her Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency at the combined Grant Medical Center/The Ohio State University program in Columbus, Ohio. Currently, she practices out of Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Turner also serves as the surgical clerkship direct for Morehouse School of Medicine.

 

Her focus is towards improving quality of healthcare, engaging in new technology, and teaching residents and students.

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Dr. Chastity Walker

Dr. Chastity Walker is an accomplished public health practitioner, with 20+ years of experience managing  public health programs, implementing evidence-based interventions, developing and executing public health policy, and facilitating partnerships and strategic planning.  Her areas of expertise include both non-communicable and communicable disease prevention, health security,  and developing comprehensive public health systems and approaches in both domestic and global settings. She is an advocate for health equity, evidence and community-based approaches, and a strong proponent of stakeholder engagement and inclusion of vulnerable populations and non-traditional voices in research. 

Chastity joined the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2002 where she has served in a variety of programmatic and policy roles.  Dr. Walker completed her Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) in Health Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management and Bachelor of Social Work degrees from the University of South Florida. She recently joined Georgians for a Healthy Future as a Board Member.

THE ISSUE

People of color are more likely to contract, be hospitalized, or die from COVID-19, but are also more hesitant than other people group to get the vaccine.  

 

This double-bind has proven to be problematic not only for the nation, but for the church as well, as we seek protection, healing, and a pathway forward.