The vaccine rollout has taken a slower pace in smaller cities and rural communities, with 35 percent of rural residents saying they will probably not get vaccinated, compared to 25 percent in urban areas. Polling and reporting from local communities shows that residents may think the risk of COVID-19 has been overblown, may distrust the vaccine, may feel getting vaccinated is a matter of personal choice rather than a social obligation, or may be deterred by a long drive for health care services as rural hospitals and clinics continue to close.
Major employers and small business leaders can play a meaningful role in these communities, sharing fact-based information, sharing their vaccination stories, and supporting community vaccination efforts.
Join us on Thursday, June 3, 2021, when the Health Action Alliance, COVID Collaborative and partners representing rural America will host a National Business Summit on engaging employees and residents in rural areas and small cities, offering case studies, best practices and actionable tools for employers and other leaders.
Confirmed Speakers include:
Keynote Remarks from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, COVID Collaborative Co-Chair, former Governor of Idaho
Mollyann Brodie, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Kaiser Family Foundation
Bechara Choucair, MD, Vaccinations Coordinator
White House COVID Response Team
Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation
Dontario “Don” Hardy, Mayor of Kinston, NC
Tina May, VP Rural Services and Chief of Staff to the CEO at Land O’ Lakes
Alan Morgan, CEO, National Rural Health Association
Sherri Powell, Executive Director, Rural America Chamber of Commerce