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FAQs – Community Immunity

By February 24, 2021 No Comments

Got questions? We have answers. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Hip Hop Public Health and Community Immunity. 

Is Hip Hop Public Health pro-vaccine?
Hip Hop Public Health is pro-science and education. If the science behind any vaccine: (1) supports its effectiveness in protecting people from a dangerous disease; (2) is shown to be safe, and (3) is in the interest of public health, Hip Hop Public Health will support this vaccine. These benchmarks have been exceeded by the two currently available FDA-approved vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer). We believe in empowering youth and families with the scientific knowledge and skills in an easy-to-understand manner so that they can live healthier lives. Our research findings support our strategy to accomplish these goals through the transformative power of music, art and science.

What type of organization is Hip Hop Public Health?
Hip Hop Public Health is a 501-C nonprofit founded in 2004 by Dr. Olajide Williams, tenured Professor of Neurology at Columbia University, and Chief of Staff of the Department of Neurology at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and legendary artist, Doug E. Fresh.

Who created Community Immunity?
Hip Hop Public Health created Community Immunity. The 5-part animated music video series was written and produced by award-winning producer, Artie Green and features the voice of Grammy®-winning rapper and our Advisory Board member, Darryl DMC McDaniels of Run-DMC as well as singer-songwriter, Gerry Gunn. The video animation was created by Mylo The Cat and Cartuna. Medical oversight was provided by our Founder, Dr. Olajide Williams, Dr. Melissa Stockwell and our advisory board member Dr. Monique Hedmann-Maxey. Philanthropic support for the initiative has been provided by The Skoll Foundation, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Dalio Center for Health Justice at New York-Presbyterian, and Columbia Community Service.

Who does Hip Hop Public Health work with?
Hip Hop Public Health works with a diverse community of organizations, educators, entertainers and health professionals who are committed to promoting health equity. We partner locally, regionally and internationally to empower health-focused organizations and stakeholders to adopt and adapt Hip Hop Public Health resources and infuse them into youth health and wellness programming and initiatives. Learn more about our partners on our Home page.

What is Hip Hop Public Health’s mission?
Our mission is to foster positive health behavior change through the transformative power of music, art and science so that youth and families around the country and the globe are empowered with the knowledge and skills to make healthier choices, reducing preventable health conditions.

What topics are addressed in Community Immunity?
The five videos in the Community Immunity series are focused on the following topics:

  • WHAT ARE VACCINES AND HOW DO THEY WORK? Highlights the power of vaccines, which have all but eliminated diseases that once sickened, crippled or killed millions of people every year, including smallpox and polio. The two current COVID-19 vaccines are more than 90% effective at protecting the recipient (9 of 10 people won’t get sick if they get both doses of the vaccine).
  • ARE VACCINES SAFE AND HOW DO WE KNOW THIS? Despite the speed of vaccine development (which has prompted many to question whether a vaccine for COVID-19 is safe and effective), very strict science, regulations, and transparency was enforced during vaccine development and data safety monitoring. Even after a COVID-19 vaccine is approved, the FDA, CDC, healthcare systems and vaccine developers will continue to monitor the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine for years.
  • WHAT ARE THE COMMON VACCINE MYTHS, MISPERCEPTIONS? Addresses misinformation and how this has affected people’s trust, and addresses fears with facts. “This is not just a moment of truth; it is a moment for truth.”
  • GETTING A VACCINE IS A BETTER DEFENSE THAN GETTING INFECTED WITH COVID-19 which puts you at risk of severe infection, protracted illness, and death. This video also emphasizes that one of the most important tools to save Black lives right now is vaccination.
  • WHAT CAN I EXPECT IF I TAKE THE VACCINE? Describes transient reactions to vaccination and emphasizes the importance of returning for the second shot (for the two currently approved Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in the United States) for community immunity. Defines herd immunity as community immunity. Getting both shots is not just about me, it is also about us.

What is Hip Hop Public Health’s approach to research? And where can I find published articles?
Hip Hop Public Health uses validated models of behavior change and evidenced-based research to develop original content. We are committed to an iterative cycle of program evaluation, academic research and resource refinement. Read our published articles and abstracts here.

Who does Hip Hop Public Health serve?
Hip Hop Public Health serves youth and families in underserved communities. All of our educational music, videos, comic books, video games and guidance documents are available for free and can be accessed on our online resource center.

Where can I learn more about Hip Hop Public Health’s leadership and staff?
Our team is a collective of health and education professionals (including nutritionists, public health researchers, teachers, physicians, behavioral scientists, and a student advisory board), multi-media professionals and iconic artists. You can learn more about our Board of Directors and our research and development team on the About page of our website.