Highlights of event
The vaccination event was a super success! We had over 10 media outlets to cover the event including nation and Spanish media, The LA Times, Spectrum, KTLA, Fox LA, CBS, ABC, and others.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, Sup Holly Mitchell, Councilmembers Curren Price, Mark Ridley-Thomas and Marquese Harris Dawson, the presidents of SEIU 2015, Urban League and Brotherhood Crusade, VP of YWCA, and a host of other leaders were present.
SNN is leading the way in addressing and dispelling myths about the vaccine.
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ELECTED OFFICIALS AND PROMINENT SOUTH LA NON-PROFIT LEADERS HOST #VaccinateSLA EVENT
South LA Residents and Healthcare Workers Encouraged to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
Despite the devastating and disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in the South Los Angeles African-American and Latino communities physical and economic health, recent polls reveal that only 14% of Black Americans and 34% of Latinx Americans say they have trust in the safety of new COVID-19 vaccines.
To address the concerns and to encourage South LA residents to get vaccinated, President & Co-Founder of Special Needs Network (SNN) AREVA MARTIN has partnered with the President of ST. JOHN’S WELL CHILD & FAMILY CENTER, JIM MANGIA, to host #VaccinateSLA, a community outreach event in which healthcare workers will receive public vaccinations. Elected officials, community, medical, and non-profit leaders will be in attendance to provide education and reassure people in the safety of the vaccine.
Individuals receiving a COVID-19 vaccination include members of SNN in-home health clinical team,
This event will provide leaders an opportunity to speak directly to South LA residents, address their fears and concerns, build trust and provide evidence-based information to encourage full participation in vaccine programs offered at sites like St. John’s.
St. John’s has been testing up to 1,000 people per day for COVID-19 with an average positive rate of 35%, and this week began vaccinations for frontline healthcare workers in LA County.
Areva Martin (Award-winning Author, Advocate & Civil Rights Attorney, President & Co-Founder of Special Needs Network), Holly J. Mitchell (LA County Supervisor), Mark Ridley-Thomas (LA City Councilmember), Curren Price (LA City Councilmember), Marqueece Harris-Dawson (LA City Councilmember), April Verrett (President of SEIU 2015), Jim Mangia (President of St. John’s Well Child & Family Center), Charisse Bremond-Weaver (President & CEO of Brotherhood Crusade), Michael Lawson (President of LA Urban League), Cynthia Heard Mitchell (YWCA Vice President of Business Development & Communications)
Thursday, January 7, 2021
St. John’s Well Child & Family Center
5701 South Hoover Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037
About Special Needs Network
Special Needs Network (SNN) is based in Los Angeles and is California’s leading grassroots advocacy organization. Founded by CNN legal analyst and talk show co-host (Face the Truth), Areva Martin, she was inspired to create the organization after going through the challenges of raising an autistic son. Martin explains, “There is no greater joy in my life than seeing the positive impact SNN has had on countless families.” Since its inception, the organization has provided critical direct services to over 50,000 kids and adults with a range of developmental and mental health disorders in the state’s poorest communities. As a nonprofit organization, SNN was established to help families faced with autism and other developmental disabilities. The organization focuses on raising public awareness, impacting public policy, increasing education and access to resources for families, children, and adults. www.snnla.org