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Improving Vaccine Confidence in our Rural Mountains and Foothills in North Carolina, Tennessee, & Virginia: Cultural Understanding and Religion are Key

Nov 17, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by Brooke Kochanski

This two-hour lunch and learn live webinar will focus on improving vaccine rates in rural areas, through exploration of both religious and cultural reasons for vaccine hesitancy. Bring your own lunch and join us!

Join us for this Live Webinar on December 3, 2021 from 11:00AM - 1:10PM

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$25 per person Registration Fee

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to

  • vaccinegraphicExamine the history and reasons for vaccine hesitancy.
  • Describe the importance of understating cultural values, including religious beliefs and how they affect acceptance of vaccines.
  • Analyze strategies to overcome vaccine hesitancy and improve vaccine confidence.
  • Explore cultural competence principles to improve vaccine acceptance.


  • 2.0 Contact Hours from Northwest AHEC
  • 0.2 CEUs from Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • 2.0 Nursing Contact Hours
    Northwest Area Health Education Center (NWAHEC) is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
    *Criteria for successful completion requires attendance for at least 90% of the activity and submission of the evaluation.


Robyn Seamon, MA, BSN, RN, CTN-B
Appalachian Healthcare Training & Consultant Robyn is a Certified Transcultural Nurse who is passionate about seeing the health of people radically transformed in the rural Appalachian region. Facilitating improvement in the high rates of health disparities in the Appalachian region is her heartfelt desire. As a Registered Nurse for over 35 years, she has had many diverse experiences, including hospital nursing, home health and hospice, a startup clinic at a homeless shelter, and
various volunteer experiences. Robyn holds a Master of Arts degree in Appalachian Studies. She is the owner of Appalachian Healthcare Training & Consulting and regularly provides Appalachian focused professional development workshops and consultation services. Currently, Robyn is focused on improving vaccine confidence in the rural Appalachian population. Robyn serves on several workgroups at NCDHHS focused on historical marginalized populations and COVID-19.

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Brooke Kochanski

Written by Brooke Kochanski

Marketing & Communications Specialist at Northwest AHEC

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