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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Inside Jails and Prisons
On December 2nd, 11 AM - 1 PM, the SEICHE Center will gather a group of public health experts, correctional administrators, historians, and ethicists to discuss COVID-19 vaccine distribution within prisons and jails. The aims of this webinar are:
1. Briefly detail the science behind vaccines and the state of the COVID-19 vaccine development
2. Present an overview of the historical and ethical context surrounding vaccine distribution within prisons and jails in the U.S.
3. Highlight current efforts aiming to ensuring those who live and work inside prisons and jails will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine

Dec 2, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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John Wetzel
Secretary of Corrections @Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
John Wetzel, widely recognized as one of the thought leaders in and voices of corrections today, was appointed Secretary of Corrections for the PA DOC in January 2011 by Governor Corbett following a 22 year career in county corrections that culminated in a position of warden at Franklin County jail where he oversaw a 20% population reduction during his tenure. During his tenure as Secretary, not only did DOC experience the end of a 24-year average growth of 1500 inmates per year, but also the first population reduction in PA in over 4 decades, with a total reduction thus far of over 4,200 inmates. Secretary Wetzel has guided the Department in restructuring Community Corrections, the mental health systems and significant security enhancements while at the same time, significantly reducing spending. He is graduate of Bloomsburg University, and recipient of honorary Doctorate degrees from both Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Chestnut Hill College.
Jonathan Zenilman
Professor of Medicine @Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Jonathan Zenilman is Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and was the Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center from 2003-2019. He has >35 years clinical and epidemiological research experience and has concentrated on the intersection of public health, clinical research and infectious diseases. In 2010-12 he served as a technical advisor to the US Presidential Commission on Bioethical Issues investigation of the United States Public Health Service’s human experimentation trials of syphilis and other STDs which occurred in 1946-48, and which have been clearly defined as unethical. As a result of this experience he has developed interest in the ethics of clinical research in vulnerable populations. Since April, 2020, his work has largely focused on the implementation of COVID vaccine trials, community engagement and outreach, and data safety monitoring for COVID vaccine trials.
DeAnna Hoskins
President & CEO @JustLeadershipUSA
DeAnna Hoskins has been at the helm of JLUSA as the President and CEO of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) since 2018. A nationally recognized leader and dynamic public speaker, Ms. Hoskins has been committed to the movement for racial and social justice, working alongside those most impacted by marginalization for over two decades. Her own life experience has been this driving force, having been directly impacted by the system of incarceration and the war on drugs, and with her professional experience, from working on grassroots campaigns to state and federal government. Ms. Hoskins is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelors of Social Work from the College of Mount St. Joseph. She is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor, a certified Workforce Development Specialist trainer for formerly incarcerated people, a Peer Recovery Coach, and is trained as a Community Health Worker.