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Town Hall hosted 6/2/21: Group info: 9 speakers: Omar Neal/Reed Tuckson, MD/Cameron Webb, MD/Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD/Stephen Thomas, PhD/Mike Brown/Tuesday Cook, MD/Fred Spry/Katrina Randolph COVID19 Rapid Response Training for Barbers & Stylists: From Vaccine Hesitancy to Vaccine Confidence is a Course

COVID19 Rapid Response Training for Barbers & Stylists: From Vaccine Hesitancy to Vaccine Confidence

Started Jun 2, 2021


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Registration Opens: June 2, 2021
Audience: Barbers and Stylists
Time Limit: June 2, 2021 to December 30, 2021
Length: 4 hours
Offered by: Maryland Center for Health Equity, School of Public Health
Partnerships: Black Coalition Against COVID, Shea Moisture, the White House, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


On June 2nd, President Biden announced Shots at the Shop – A New Initiative to Engage Black-Owned Barbershops and Beauty Salons. The President is teaming up with the Black Coalition Against COVID, the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity, and Shea Moisture to launch “Shots at the Shop,” an initiative that will engage Black-owned barbershops and beauty salons across the country to support local vaccine education and outreach efforts.

Course Description

The University of Maryland School of Public Health Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) is providing this training to build upon our existing Health Advocates In-Reach and Research (HAIR) program. We are being called to the front lines of President Biden’s national vaccination campaign. On June 2nd, the national training program was announced during the town hall titled: Barbershop and Salon Talk: From Vaccine Hesitancy to Vaccine Confidence.
This four-hour online training is designed for barbers and stylists engaged in COVID19 outreach and education designed to provide scientifically sound and culturally tailored communications designed to help communities of color make informed decisions about the COVID19 vaccination. Scholars will be provided with educational materials suitable for distribution in their businesses. Additionally, the toolkit will include access to clinical referral networks to deliver vaccinations in the barbershop/salon. All participants will have opportunity to join the National Association of Barbers and Stylists for Health, a national organization committed to promoting health and preventing disease through the HAIR barbershop/salon campaign.


By increasing access to a lifesaving vaccine in the trusted setting of barbershops/salons will help us ensure that communities of color are protected and help the nation reach the goal of 70% vaccinated by July 4, 2021.
Shea Moisture is providing 1,000 eligible businesses with $1,000 grants, for a total of $1 million.

Meet the Lead Instructor

Stephen B. Thomas, PhD
Professor, Health Policy and Management
Director, Center for Health Equity, School of Public Health
Telephone: 301-405-8859

One of the nation's leading scholars in the effort to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, Dr. Stephen B. Thomas has applied his expertise to address a variety of conditions from which minorities generally face far poorer outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Thomas has received numerous awards for his professional accomplishments, and over the years, his work has become recognized as one of the scholarly contributions leading to the 1997 Presidential Apology to Survivors of the Syphilis Study Done at Tuskegee. His current research focuses on the translation of evidence-based science on chronic disease into community-based interventions designed to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care. More specifically, he has focused on understanding how social context shapes attitudes and behaviors of underserved, poorly served, and never-served segments of our society toward participation in health promotion and disease prevention activities. Dr. Thomas is particularly interested in how the legacy of the Syphilis Study at Tuskegee (1932–72) has impacted trust and influenced the willingness of African Americans to participate in medical and public health research.

In 2012, Dr. Thomas was a member of the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council’s Health Disparity Work Group. The final report was translated into legislation and passed into law as the Maryland Health Improvement and Disparities Reduction Act of 2012. In 2014, Democratic Gov. O’Malley appointed Dr. Thomas to the Maryland Health Care Commission, an independent regulatory agency whose mission is to plan for health system needs, promote informed decision-making, increase accountability, and improve access to quality medical and dental care. In 2019, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan appointed him to a new full term on the Commission.

Education and Training

  • PhD in Community Health Education, Southern Illinois University, 1985
  • MS in Health Education, Illinois State University, 1981
  • BS in School Health Education with Certification in Secondary School Health Education, Ohio State University, 1980

Awards and Honors

  • Dr. Thomas is a recipient of the David Satcher Award and the Alonzo Smyth Yerby Award from Harvard’s School of Public Health.



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