DataKind: Combating Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy with Social Media Listening

Data + the Greater Good
Data + the Greater Good
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Speaker: Phil Azar

Summary from DataKind:

With the large-scale distribution of COVID-19 vaccines underway, strategies are needed to ensure trust and acceptance for the vaccines and those who deliver them. While social media platforms are known to house much of the conversation around COVID-19 and vaccines, Community partners may not have the available data science and analytics capabilities to make sense of all the available data related to COVID-19 vaccine distribution, trust, and usage, and use this knowledge to inform outreach and education efforts in their communities. Using multiple open data platforms, volunteers will analyze trends in public sentiment regarding COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine in relation to information on government distribution plans, and local uptake and perceptions about and previous experiences receiving government support or accessing healthcare services. This exploration will allow for the assessment of open data for real-time monitoring of vaccine trust and provide another resource for policymakers and implementers looking to increase vaccine literacy and acceptance in their communities.

Come hear our speaker, Phil Azar, from DataKind. Phil is a data scientist who believes statistics should be simplified and analytics be accessible. Prior to DataKind, he worked as a data scientist for a large retailer, a research analyst for a media company and a math teacher. A lifelong learner, he keeps up with the latest in machine learning, data science and civic tech. When not trying to solve the world's pressing problems with data, Phil enjoys running, cooking and writing.

7:00pm - 7:05pm - Speaker Introduction
7:05pm - 7:35pm - Presentation. Phil Azar
7:35pm - 7:55pm - Q and A
7:55pm - 8:00pm - Wrap-up