Fireside Chats for Good with Shared Harvest

Throughout the pandemic, Shared Harvest and our initiative, myCovidMD™, have hosted “Fireside Chats for Good,” where panels of experts, local leaders, community members, and our team can discuss topics from COVID-19 vaccine mistrust to voter engagement and everything in between.

These Fireside Chats streams live on our Facebook page and play in real-time at our pop-up vaccination and COVID-19 resource events.

This coming Saturday, October 23rd, Shared Harvest | myCovidMD™ is hosting a pop-up vaccination event in Downtown Los Angeles at the Kiosko (Central) Plaza at 125 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA.

In conjunction with the event, our team will also host a Fireside Chat For good! Because of your expert work with Community Health Councils and on the Department of Public Health Equity Committee, we think you would be an excellent resource and would be grateful if you would participate as a panelist.

Because the event is coming so soon after Hispanic Heritage Month, shortly after Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and just before Día De Los Muertos, we hope to support Latinx/Hispanic and Indigenous populations. At the event, we are hosting an open-air market to which local Olvera Street Vendors can come and advertise their wares, and we are providing live entertainment.

The Fireside Chat will also focus on the health of Latinx/Hispanic and Indigenous populations through the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will discuss:

    • The disparities that have been easily recognizable in healthcare through the pandemic and how local Los Angeleans and organizations have worked to combat them.
    • The COVID-19 booster shot and how to ensure booster access is equitable.
    • How to continue the conversation with individuals who may still be distrustful of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • And a Día De Los Muertos focus on how to mourn any losses, celebrate life, and continue to protect older populations.


Sonya VasquezSonya Vasquez serves as Chief Operating Officer for Community Health Councils (CHC), whose mission is to build equitable systems collectively. She is responsible for establishing and implementing streamlined organizational policies and systems at CHC to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Ms. Vasquez also leads CHC’s healthcare systems to change efforts. She has over 23 years of experience working to improve health outcomes and community well-being, focusing on early childhood education, youth development, equitable healthcare, public health systems, place-based initiatives, and nonprofit sustainability. Her expertise lies in program design & management, facilitating group dialogue, policy analysis and advocacy, stakeholder engagement, translating complex policy issues to diverse audiences, and developing protocols.