Shot in the Arm: presented by SAFE Communities Coalition

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SAFE Communities Coalition and our eight Families for Vaccines state chapters are delighted to present this free, private advance viewing opportunity to you. Shot in the Arm is the right film at just the right time, and we hope you’re inspired to contact your legislators, share accurate information with friends and family, and speak up to defend science, public health, and our communities. Please view the film between November 12 and 16, and join us for a special panel discussion featuring Dr. Paul Offit, former Colorado state senator Irene Aguilar, Jonathan White of Hood Medicine, Karen Ernst of Voices for Vaccines, and Ethan Lindenberger.

Dr. Paul Offit, MD

Paul A. Offit, MD, is Director of the Vaccine Education Center and professor of pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Offit is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of virology and immunology, recognized as the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq and was a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a member of the Food and Drug Administration Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, and a founding advisory board member of the Autism Science Foundation and the Foundation for Vaccine Research, a member of the Institute of Medicine and co-editor of the foremost vaccine text, Vaccines.

Senator Irene Aguilar

Senator Irene Aguilar represented southwest Denver in the Colorado Legislature from 2011 through 2018. She served on the Health and Human Services Committee and the Judiciary Committee. Her focus was on population health, health reform and social justice. Prior to her legislative service, Dr. Aguilar worked for 23 years as a primary care physician for Denver Health at the Westside Family Health Center. She served on the board of directors for Denver Health & Hospitals for 12 years.

In March of 2021, Senator Aguilar retired from Denver’s Department of Economic Development and Opportunity where she established the city’s first Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization Program. The office worked to preserve the culture and character of Denver while allowing longtime businesses and residents the opportunity to stay in Denver. Senator Aguilar serves as President of Immunize Colorado which works to protect Colorado families, schools and communities from vaccine preventable diseases. She is also Vice Chair of the Fax Partnership which is working to preserve the culture and character of Denver’s East Colfax Community. Dr. Aguilar and her husband, Dr. Thomas W. Bost, are the proud parents of three grown children, one of whom has developmental disabilities. Her first grandson was born in December 2022 and is fully immunized!

Karen Ernst 

Karen Ernst is the Director of Voices for Vaccines. She is a nationally-recognized expert in vaccine confidence with a decade’s experience in grassroots organizing around the issue. Much of her work involves creating alliances between families and partner organizations in order to increase vaccine uptake and reimagine advocacy work.

Jonathan White, Esq.

Jonathan obtained his S.B in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a recent graduate of Suffolk University Law School. He is the co-founder and Director of Policy & Engagement for the non-profit public health collective, Hood Medicine Initiative, and co-host to their livestream podcast, Hood Med Chats. He also serves on the board of SAFE Communities Coalition. As member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the nation’s oldest Black-Greek-Lettered-Organization and public service fraternity founded for collegiate men, Jonathan has been an advocate for social justice issues most of his adulthood. Recognizing a need to protect the most vulnerable and marginalized communities during the pandemic drew him into several efforts to keep others safe. Tapping into his undergraduate studies and training as a researcher and coupling that with his analytical training and ability to communicate complex conversations, Jonathan believed he could make a positive impact that could save lives.

Ethan Lindenberger

Ethan Lindenberger is an American Health advocate, promoting the value of empathetic and educational dialogue in an era dominated by misinformation. Ethan testified in front of the US Senate H.E.L.P committee, gave a TEDx talk with over 2.2 million views, spoke at the E.U Global Vaccination Summit, and was selected as a TIME magazine next generation leader in 2019. Ethan promotes the importance of empathy driven conversations as we educate misinformed people while uplifting good science above all else. Ethan now works as the Communications Director of Found Surface, a clothing company making cruelty free, all natural fiber domestic clothing.