Friday, May 21, 2021 – Researchers from UCLA and Charles Drew University in collaboration with the California Community Foundation and various community partners held a COVID-19 Community Leadership Summit aimed at supporting COVID-19 vaccination efforts in South Los Angeles, and providing the necessary resources to increase broader education, awareness, and equity around the COVID-19 vaccines.

The community leadership summit provided community and faith leaders with best practices, resources, and networking opportunities to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake and help achieve vaccine equity in South Los Angeles.

The summit was attended by 140 individuals and featured speakers from community organizations, faith-based organizations, and governmental agencies leading community efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each speaker discussed their efforts and shared their resources on how to mobilize the community to increase COVID-19 vaccine equity and uptake. The presentations were followed by a “Q&A” session to connect with organizations and their resources.

Please see a recap of the COVID-19 Community Leadership Summit below.

Presentations for download:

  1. Tracey Veal, DrPh, MBA: LA County Department of Public Health - COVID-19 Community Leadership Summit - Slides
  2. Robert Contreras, MBA: Bienestar Human Services - COVID-19 Community Leadership Summit - Slides
  3. Jim Mangia: St Johns Well Child & Family Center- COVID-19 Community Leadership Summit - Slides
  4. Robbyn Kistler Kaiser Family Foundation - COVID-19 Community Leadership Summit - Slides
  5. Rev. Kamal Hassan: COVID-19 Prevention Network - COVID-19 Community Leadership Summit - Slides
  6. Christopher Blades: UCLA Vine Street Clinic - COVID-19 Community Leadership Summit - Slides
  7. Brenda Cruz and Michelle Tabajonda: COVID-19 Vaccine Volunteer Crew - COVID-19 Community Leadership Summit - Slides
  8. Dessie Brown, Jr: Pull Up Neighbor - COVID-19 Community Leadership Summit - Slides
  9. Liz Schwandt, M.Ed, BCBA: Get Out the Shot Los Angeles - COVID-19 Community Leadership Summit - Slides
  10. Samhita Llango and Tatyana Brown: Vaccinate the States - COVID-19 Community Leadership Summit - Slides


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Resource Guide for Download: COVID-19 Community Resource Guide

Resources shared by speakers:

Vaccinate CA

Department of Public Health

Grassroots Grant Program

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Kaiser Family Foundation


Other Resources shared by attendees (and in Q&A)

  • Stop the Spread is creating an open source playbook for community-based vaccinations that contains tools and practices for pop-up vaccination sites. It also contains concepts like Vaccine+ which uses the 15-30 minute monitoring period to connect vaccine recipients to health and social services. Access Stop the Spread’s playbook here (Paul-Miki Akpablie at
  • LA Department of Health Services is working on helping to vaccinate folks experiencing homelessness. If your organization is interested in helping vaccinate folks experiencing homelessness across LA County, or just wants to hear what the program offers, please email Matthew Tecle, LA County Department of Health Services, at
  • The UCLA against COVID-19 social media campaign provides vaccine and COVID-19 related information in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, and Tagalog on multiple platforms (Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, KakaoTalk), but the primary platform is Instagram.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci’s interview with Marshawn Lynch
  • Resources for outreach to rural and conservative populations on COVID-19 vaccines access: and Ad Council’s partnership with Academy of Country Music

Please note that these resources were shared by various attendees at the summit, and are provided here for all. We hope that they will be helpful to your work. Please vet and use at your discretion.

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