Vax Up Podcast


Connecting “Hardly Reached” Communities Through Digital and Social Media

Season 1, Ep. 6

In this episode, we look at projects funded in the first round of grants from the Vaccine Confidence Fund, from indigenous communities in Guatemala and Canada, to girls and young women in India and sub Saharan Africa. Our panel also looks at other interesting approaches to ask the question just how digital media & social network platforms can help build trust in healthcare, particularly vaccines, in these “hardly reached” communities. 


  • Trevor Stratton, Indigenous and First Nation Health Advocate, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
  • Nadia Diamond-Smith, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of California San Francisco
  • Georgia Arnold, Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility Paramount, and Executive Director of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation.
  • Ben Plumley, Host

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Girl Effect India Blends Tech, Cultural Competency to Reach Young Mothers (Ep02)

Season 1, Ep. 2
In this episode of the Vax Up Podcast, we head to India, a country that prides itself on access to vaccines, where a drop in families seeking routine vaccinations for children during the COVID-19 pandemic sparked a need for stronger messaging campaigns on routine childhood immunizations. We look at how Girl Effect, an international nonprofit dedicated to empowering young women and girls through media, answered that call to action with a first-of-its-kind campaign aimed at reaching an elusive target audience: young mothers living across India’s Hindi Belt.Panelists:   Sohini Sanyal, Sabin Boost CommunityLeezel Tanglao, Journalist and Media ConsultantFeatured in Profile:Sneha Chatruvedi, Content Lead, Girl EffectSandhya Ramakrishnan, Global Marketing Lead, Girl EffectSreejoni Nag, Writer and Director, Girl EffectSocial Media Handles:Girl Effect: @GirlEffectSohini Sanyal: @Sohini28Leezel Tanglao: @leezeltanglaoSneha Chatruvedi: LinkedIn Sandhya Ramakrishnan: LinkedInSabin Vaccine Institute: @sabinvaccineBen Plumley: @benplumley @shotarmpodcastBay Area Global Health Alliance: @GlobalHealthAll #vaxup #GirlEffect #GirlEffectIndia #GirlEffectTEGA #BayAreaGlobalHealthAlliance #SabinVaccineInstitute #Vaccine #VaccineTrust #VaccineConfidence #AllianceForAdvancingHealthOnline