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Critical Conversation: The State of Vaccine Mandates and Community-Based Organizations

December 1, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm EST


Health and wellness continue to be at risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the emerging variants. Vaccines, despite their effectiveness in countering the pandemic, have become a political diversion at best and dangerously polarizing at worst. Although freedom of choice is important, considerations should be given to the myriad implications of a pandemic that continues to pose critical risks to the health and well-being of many citizens. For these reasons, companies across the country are mandating vaccinations for employees—whether as an internal organizational decision or in compliance with federal and regional mandates—with the burden falling on leaders to determine their organization’s path for creating and upholding vaccine policies.

Community-based organizations, many of which continue to be on the leading edge of the pandemic’s damaging effects on marginalized and high-risk populations, are working to navigate the current landscape in the best interest of the individuals, families, and communities they serve. This is done while also needing to support their most valuable asset—their employees.

Often, community members turn to the programs and services that community-based organizations provide to get advice and resources in making vaccine decisions for their families. This can put organizations and their staff in difficult situations that cannot be void of personal beliefs and biases. The scenario can also cause additional stress and division among team members and thwart a supportive and productive organizational culture. Leaders and human resources staff may find themselves struggling to make the right choices with and for their workforce during this period of “Great Resignation,” when recruitment and retention of staff and talent remain challenging.

In this panel discussion, you will hear from leaders who are dealing with difficult decisions every day to support their communities and their workforce. Participants can expect:

  • A direct, authentic, and bold discussion with leaders of community-based organizations
  • To address the issues and challenges community-based organizations are facing
  • Idea sharing around steps that have been taken and their results

Because the stakes are high, the conversation will be direct, authentic, and bold. The fact is that we are in this together and our work has never been more critical.


  • Current issues affecting community-based organizations as the COVID-19 pandemic continues
  • Ways you can support your community and workforce during this difficult time
  • Engage with a call to action identifying your next steps

Who Should Participate

  • Chief executives
  • HR directors
  • Recruiters
  • Benefits managers
  • Supervisors


Jill Huynh

Vice President of New Business Development
Beech Acres Parenting Center

Eric Schindler

Child & Family Resources

David Siler

Executive Director of Indiana
National Youth Advocate Program Inc. (NYAP)


Ilana Levinson

Senior Director of Government Relation
Social Current