The Vanguard Vaccination Project Features Gary Puckrein, Ph.D. Discussing his Strategies for Ensuring Maximum Vaccination in the Black Community

The Vanguard Network and Global Vaccination Advisors Release Turnkey Toolkit on Overcoming Vaccine Resistance and Hesitancy



NEW YORK, NEW YORK (8/4/2021) —Today, the Vanguard Network debuts the sixth installment of the Vanguard Vaccination Project toolkit, featuring National Minority Quality Forum CEO, Gary Puckrein, which aims to help leaders encourage high vaccination rates in their organizations and communities.

The Vanguard Vaccination Project toolkit includes short videos, podcasts, articles, and helpful tools, such as information on how best to communicate the vaccine imperative to your workforce based on their underlying attitudes towards vaccination. All of our materials can be found here.

“Business and community leaders are critical to protecting our society from Covid,” said Ken Banta, Founder and Principal of the Vanguard Network. “We gathered powerful stories from business leaders and reached out to our extensive network of experts in epidemiology, ethics and public health, and assembles these resources,” he said.

“These resources are free and we encourage all business and community leaders to use them to encourage vaccination and correct the misinformation that is all too common,” said Glenna Crooks, Principal of Global Vaccination Advisors.

Episode six features Gary Puckrein, Founder and CEO of the National Minority Quality Forum, who has developed zip code-level data for predictive analytics that serves as an ‘early warning’ of pandemic disease, especially in underserved communities.

“We can predict COVID events about 30 days before they occur. It’s like a hurricane warning, except the hurricane about to surge in your community is COVID-19.” Puckrein said.

“We have to get smarter and better at taking science and making it available to the general public.” Puckrein continues, addressing underserved communities, “We’ve not done a good job talking about very complicated ideas and making sure that information is accessible to people in a community at a moment they need to have it and use it.”


The Vanguard Vaccination Project 

Safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines are available and increasingly accessible, but vaccine hesitancy and resistance are profound barriers to achieving herd immunity. Without herd immunity, we will face resurgences of the disease, causing social, educational, travel, workforce productivity, and economic disruptions. Leaders of companies and organizations across the country can play an important role in encouraging vaccinations within their organizations and communities. The Vanguard Network, in collaboration with Global Vaccination Advisors, will help by assembling and curating materials from top experts including ethicist Dr. Art Caplan, minority health champion Dr. Felix Nunez and anthropologist Heidi Larson.


Ken Banta

Ken is a top management advisor who works with CEOs and senior executives on leadership, organizational transformation and corporate positioning. Ken has helped to lead eleven successful global transformations and turnarounds and has advised on many more. He writes regularly for HBR and is a Contributing Author of “HBR’s 10 Must Reads for CEOs.”


Glenna Crooks

Glenna is Co-Founder and Partner in Global Vaccination Advisors, dedicated to maximizing COVID vaccination globally. She brings over 4 decades of public health, vaccine, and policy experience globally to The Vanguard Vaccination Project. In addition, she is the Founder and CEO of Strategic Health Policy International, Inc., and the first civilian to have been awarded The Surgeon General’s Medallion for her contributions to public health.


Sherry Fox

Sherry is Co-Founder and Partner in Global Vaccination Advisors, dedicated to maximizing COVID vaccination globally.  She brings over 4 decades of insights expertise to The Vanguard Vaccination Project, to help organizations understand the underlying attitudinal and emotional drivers and barriers to vaccination. In addition, she is the Founder and CEO of FutureHealth Strategies, a consultancy leveraging the intersection of data, insights and technology to transform the future of healthcare.



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