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February 09, 2021 BLACK HISTORY MONTH

The Challenges in Providing COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Distribution for African American Communities

Dr. Karissa Culbreath, Medical Director of Infectious Diseases at TriCore Reference Laboratories reflects upon her work and her discussions with other leading medical doctors as they try to address the distrust that African Americans have regarding the public health system as it relates to the COVID-19 virus, testing and vaccine distribution.

Karissa Culbreath, PhD, is a Medical Director of Infectious Disease at TriCore and Associate Director of Pathology at University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Culbreath completed her undergraduate studies at Fisk University and her doctorate at Vanderbilt University in Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Culbreath has been a leading voice in the COVID-19 pandemic with appearances on CNN, Today Show, Roland Martin Unfiltered, New York Times and many others. In addition to her professional work, Dr. Culbreath is active in the New Mexico community. She is a board member at Explora and Covenant Community Development Foundation. She has been recognized for her leadership and community service with awards including Albuquerque Business First 40 Under 40, Fisk University Sesquicentennial Woman of Prominence Award and Supercomputing Challenge of New Mexico Women in STEM Awardee.

Thank you to Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward PA and Sanchez Mowrer & Desiderio PC for their generosity in allowing this program celebrating Black History Month to be possible.



  • Pamelya Herndon, CEO, KWH Law Center for Social Justice and Change; Co-Chair, African American Affairs Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Co-Sponsors: ABA Center for Human Rights, ABA Center for Public Interest Law, ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities, ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty, ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, ABA Death Penalty Representation Project, ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center, ABA Law Student DivisionABA Section of State and Local Government Law, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, ABA Young Lawyers Division


Transcript: The Challenges in Providing COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Distribution for African American Communities

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