Ashley Marshall, a CEO of the YWCA non-profit in Lynchburg, is a contributing author to COVID Conspiracies, edited by GMEC’s CEO Wendy Welch.
Marshall discussed the legacy of true conspiracies such as the Tuskegee Project on Black community responses to COVID-19 vaccine trials, in a podcast for the Virginia Rural Health Association.
The National Rural Health Association expressed appreciation for the insights via their newsletter:
|COVID conspiracies and African American communities The latest Rural Health Voice podcast hosted by NRHA member Beth O’Connor of the Virginia Rural Health Association focuses on COVID-19 conspiracies in African American communities. Ashley Reynolds Marshall of YWCA of Central Virginia, who coauthored a forthcoming book about COVID-19 conspiracy theories, discusses how mistrust of public health initiatives is sometimes well earned, particularly among minority populations. “It’s actually very serious when people stop to think about how many of these conspiratorial thoughts are actually rooted in historical facts and historical events for communities of color,” Marshall says. NRHA is currently seeking session proposals and original research for presentation at the association’s Health Equity Conference, which is scheduled for May 4 in New Orleans.|