Community Conversations

When: Mon, March 8, 11am – 12pm PT
Where: Online via Zoom (see registration in description)
Description: In the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine trials, COVID-19 vaccines are primarily being tested to determine whether they prevent a person from getting sick, from having a prolonged illness, or hospitalization. Importantly, these clinical trials are not focused on whether a vaccine prevents someone from getting the virus at all. In other words, a COVID-19 vaccine may benefit the individual who gets vaccinated, but the virus may still invade the body and it’s possible – if not likely – that a vaccinated person can still spread the virus to others. This is a critical distinction that has received little attention.  During this Community Conversation, Dr. Larry Corey will discuss the open questions about transmission and explore what behavior is still necessary as we navigate through the pandemic.


  1. Explain how mRNA vaccines differ from other existing vaccines and those new vaccines on the horizon of approval in the near future
  2. Learn about the scope of protection of the vaccines (prevention of infection vs. impact on transmission)
  3. Discuss what we know about the new variants of the COVID-19 virus
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When: April 12, 2021 | 11am – 12pm (PST)
Where: Online via Zoom
Cost: FREE!
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Community Conversation – Acute & Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

February 8th, 2021

The discussion focused on the current state of knowledge on the long-term impacts of COVID-19 infection, provided guidance on how our health system must support individuals with this condition, and detailed other considerations as our country navigates our way out of this crisis.


  1. Understand the clinical characteristics of long COVID-19 syndrome.
  2. Understand the potential medical needs of this patient population.
  3. Discuss the importance of vaccination and continued mitigation efforts for this patient population.


  • Dr. Vin Gupta, Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, UW Medicine
  • Dr. Dale Reisner, Medical Director (OB/GYN Quality and Safety) at Swedish Health Services


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JANUARY 11, 2021

Our first Community Conversation of the year was an ‘open conversation’ with an update from WASHAA Board Member and Medical Director (OB/GYN Quality & Safety) at Swedish Health Services, Dale Reisner, MD. We answered questions during this free discussion that was open to patients, families, advocates and medical providers.

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