San Diego Association of Black Journalists Hosts Virtual Event to Debunk Coronavirus Myths


Online discussion hopes to decrease vaccine hesitancy in local Black community


On the heels of the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors declaring misinformation as a public health crisis, the San Diego Association of Black Journalists (SDABJ) will host a thoughtful virtual discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 22 to debunk myths about the coronavirus and discuss vaccine hesitancy in the San Diego Black community. A panel of five distinguished Black doctors from the San Diego community will lend their expertise on these topics and answer any questions or concerns the community has about the coronavirus.

This free virtual event starts at 6 p.m. PDT via Zoom and is open to the public. The event will also be live-streamed via SDABJ’s Facebook page.

Leading the discussion will be SDABJ Vice President, Angela De Joseph, as well as co-moderators Lauren J. Mapp with The San Diego Union-Tribune, and Natay Holmes with ABC 10News. The esteemed panelists include the following (in alphabetical order):

  • Suzanne Afflalo, Director, Alliance Health Clinic Family Physician
  • Robert Gillespie, Cardiologist, SHARP Health Care
  • Rodney G. Hood, Physician, President & Chairman, Multicultural Health Foundation
  • Akilah Weber, Assemblymember District 79, Obstetrician and Gynecologist
  • Wilma Wooten, Public Health Officer & Director of Public Health Services San Diego County

San Diego County is the first in the state of California to declare misinformation a public health crisis amid the rise of the Delta variant of Covid-19. To do its part to cut through the misinformation and help the San Diego Black community navigate the pandemic, this SDABJ event will help dispel myths about the coronavirus and vaccines. Panelists will also discuss how the coronavirus impacts Black communities in San Diego and give insights on how the public could work together to stop the spread of the virus.

Interested in attending? Visit to register. Any questions or concerns for the panelists can also be submitted here in advance of the event.