America Ferrera joins “We Can Do This” COVID-19 public education campaign
If the Covid-19 pandemic taught us something, it was the power of working together. From essential workers to community organizations, we have all done our part to overcome one of the worst episodes in the history of global public health.
One of the most important roles, and one of the most impacted, has been that of mothers. that’s why famous actress America Ferrera partners with HHS “We can do it” public education campaign to increase public confidence in vaccines and primary prevention measures.
Through a national network of trusted messengers and consistent, evidence-based public health messaging, the campaign helps the public make informed decisions about their health and COVID-19, including taking steps to protect themselves and their communities. .
The effort is grounded in the science of communication and provides information tailored to at-risk groups.
For America Ferrera, the pandemic was a pivotal moment in her life as a mother. In an interview with Kanika Chadda-Gupta, the Latina actress said that like everyone else, the pandemic has taught her the value of community.
“I have always valued my community and […] held my people close,” she said. “But I had a newborn at the start of the pandemic, which can be an isolating experience on a good day.”
Ferrera explained how the need to self-isolate during the pandemic, for the sake of her health and that of her newborn baby, impacted her need for a community and support system.
“A mom recovering from childbirth, having a newborn and a toddler with needs…it was a lot to go through alone,” she continued. “The last two years [have] embodies the experience of [being] isolated from your community. it really changes [your perspective].”
“I think it really changed the way I see and value my community for good,” she added.
Because of her background, Ferrera has added her voice to the “We Can Do This” campaign, an effort that focuses on Americans who want to protect their health but may have questions about COVID-19 vaccines.
“I want to make sure that I invest time, energy and thought into the things that really add real value to my life and the lives of my children,” Ferrera said. “There are no rules when it comes to parenthood, as we all know, so finding reliable information is very important when making the most important decisions.”
“We Can Do This” extends its reach by engaging a wide range of groups and individuals, including trusted community organizations, local leaders and others who share the goal of increasing trust and confidence. acceptance of vaccines.
“[As parents]above all we seek reliable information from our pediatrician, constantly talking not only about the choice of vaccines but about whether or not to send [our children] back to school, whether or not to take that trip to see grandma and grandpa, if it’s safe for me and my husband who are vaccinated to do certain things.
“It’s a constant re-evaluation,” added America Ferrera. “The math is a little different when you have these young, unvaccinated kids at home.”
The actress went on to open up about her experience as a mother, explaining to her young son why their lives had changed during the quarantine period, but also assured that “it’s also an incredible opportunity to teach him how to take care of others, and to mold and demand that our children be the kind of global citizens we want them to be.
“The only comfort for me was that none of us are alone in this situation,” she concluded. “We’re all in this together, and none of us have to make these tough decisions alone.”
Click on here for more information on the “We Can Do This” campaign.