Virtual Community Research Exchange

On behalf of Co-Chairs Lee Pachter DO, Omar Khan, MD, and Marlene Saunders DSW, The ACCEL Program invites you to attend its

Virtual Community Research Exchange

where community and science converge…
Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Keynote Speaker this year is

Daniel Salmon, MPH, PhD

Dr. Dan Salmon is Professor and Director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety, at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He holds appointments in the Departments of International Health (Division: Global Disease Epidemiology & Control), and Health, Behavior & Society. He received his PhD at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and MPH at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health. He is broadly trained in vaccinology, with an emphasis in epidemiology, behavioral epidemiology, and health policy.

Dr. Salmon’s focus has been on determining the individual and community risks of vaccine refusal, understanding factors that impact vaccine acceptance, evaluating and improving state laws providing exemptions to school immunization requirements, developing systems and science in vaccine safety, and effective vaccine risk communication. He will review the above with regards to implications for COVID vaccinations and share his experience and advice regarding gaps in uptake thus far and opportunities for community engagement in improving these gaps.

Also scheduled for the day:

  • Panel Discussion: COVID-19 Impact and Priorities for Our Community
    • Representation from Delaware Division of Public Health, ChristianaCare, La Red Health Center, and Faith Community Nursing
  • Podium presentations on ACCEL-funded community projects
  • Virtual walk of the scientific poster gallery, featuring current ACCEL research projects

For more information on this year’s co-chairs for the ACCEL Community Research Exchange

Omar Khan, MD, MHS, FAAP, President and CEO of Delaware Health Sciences Alliance, and Physician Leader in Research Admin and Scientific Affairs with ChristianaCare.

Lee Pachter, DO, Senior Physician Scientist with ChristianaCare, and Professor of Pediatrics and Pop Health at Thomas Jefferson University

Marlene Saunders, DSW, MSWS, LMSW, social worker, educator, administrator, elected official, and Delaware Community Advisory Council Chairperson

For questions about the event, please contact: 
Karen Hough at
Debra Reese at or
Suzanne Purfield at

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