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Powering Young Adult and Youth Engagement | Young adult health advocates talk about activating teens & young adults in vaccine decisions
Many teens fell behind on seeing a healthcare provider for well visits, preventive care and routinely recommended vaccines like Tdap, HPV and meningitis during the pandemic. And the volume and tone of vaccine information and misinformation in the news, on social media, and even just talking with family and friends, can be overwhelming or confusing for teens and families.

Hosted by Unity® Consortium, Dr. Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation will moderate a discussion with young adult health advocates ready to share the power of engaging adolescents & young adults in their preventive health decisions. The webinar will:

• Raise the voice of active young adult health advocates in the effort to continually improve vaccine coverage for teens & young adults
• Share examples of the power of youth engagement
• Help define the role of adolescents & young adults in building vaccine confidence with peers, communities, parents and parent groups (e.g., Parent-Teacher Organizations)
• Discuss strategies to support well-informed vaccination decisions for young people who were not vaccinated and are interested in vaccination

Who should attend?

Adolescents & young adults, parents and caregivers, educators, youth advocates, pediatric & adolescent healthcare providers, public health and other stakeholders with an interest in adolescent health and immunization

Oct 11, 2022 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Judy Klein
Host, President @Unity Consortium
Judy is President and Founder of Unity Consortium and has deep expertise in healthcare and vaccines. Judy's passion is supporting individuals to lead healthy lives by proactively focusing on preventive healthcare and immunizations. Toward this end, Judy actively engages with organizations that advance this approach including the National HPV Roundtable Steering Committee and the National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center Advisory Committee. Judy was recently selected, on behalf of Unity, as the winner of the 2022 Vaughn Rickert Vaccine Research Award by the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.
Chelsea Clinton, PhD
Vice Chair @Clinton Foundation
As vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea Clinton works alongside the Foundation’s leadership and partners to help create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service across the United States and around the world. In particular, Chelsea focuses on promoting early brain and language development through the Too Small to Fail initiative, and uplifting and empowering female entrepreneurs and women-led businesses around the world through initiatives like the Caribbean-focused Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network. She also serves on the boards of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Kelly Danielpour
Student and Founder @VaxTeen
Kelly Danielpour is the founder of VaxTeen and a second-year undergraduate at Stanford University. At the age of sixteen, she was inspired to start VaxTeen after realizing that significant barriers prevented many of her peers from accessing vaccinations. The emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic a year later further highlighted the necessity of VaxTeen, which educates young people about the importance of vaccines and empowers them to make well-informed decisions about their health. Kelly also serves as a member of UNITY Consortium and the California HPV Vaccination Roundtable.
Ethan Lindenberger
Student and Vaccination Advocate
Ethan Lindenberger is vaccine advocate and journalist involved in medical activism and legislative reform. He is a student at Lorain County Community College and a volunteer advocate with Unity Consortium where he has created video and writing projects supporting adolescent vaccination efforts. In 2019, Ethan drew media attention after pursuing vaccines against the approval of his mother that led to his testimony to a US Senate committee about his experiences. Since then, Ethan has continued his advocacy and believes that everyone has a role to play in ending misinformation. Ethan has also been a youth advocate with UNICEF and communications director for iGeneration Youth.
Hirsh Shekhar
Student @Yale School of Medicine; past leader of S-PHASEC and NSRN; Clinton Global Initiative University Mentor and Grantee
Apurv Hirsh Shekhar is a Yale MD student with an honors B.S. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Public Health from Johns Hopkins. As founder of S-PHASEC and former CEO of NSRN, Hirsh helped (a) mobilize over 1,000 health professions students in the COVID-19 response, (b) influence President Biden’s official recognition of student roles in COVID-19 vaccination, and (c) write the first proposal of a PREP Act expansion covering student vaccinators, which was enacted by HHS. Hirsh has also served as an alumni mentor for Clinton Global Initiative University; as a grantee of the Verizon Forward For Good Challenge; as a civic health fellow with Vot-ER; and as a student leader with Doctors for America, GOTVax, ThisIsOurShot, MadeToSave, and more.