For much of my professional career, I have done community education and health promotion. With all of the confusion and misinformation surrounding the pandemic in year one and the vaccine roll out in 2021, I voluntarily became what is now called a “Trusted Community Messenger” and volunteered time to combat misinformation for family and friends. I created a YouTube channel for home videotaped educational messages. This volunteerism also led to a paid short-term consulting role to support a local health department’s education and community effort’s related to COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccination program. …

One Year Pandemic Anniversary: A Story of Personal Community Outreach

Dr. Rhonda Johnson — Survive COVID-19!

March 12, 2020

I had recently returned from a two-week mission trip to Kenya. My first time visiting that beautiful East African nation. Our visit included an orphanage in rural Bomet, Kenya and a tour of the Tenwick Hospital, a ministry of World Gospel Mission and Africa Gospel Church. …

Happy Black History Month: Pandemic Reflections on the Power of One

“History never looks like history when you are living through it.” (John W. Gardner) — I used this quote in a blog post published in 2016, “Personal Reflections on Black History Month.” (

Well, five years later, in this sequel to my original blog, I can say I have to disagree with this quote. History has never looked or felt more real and lived to me! …

Today I Became A Statistic…But That’s Not All

Getting my 1st Covid-19 Vaccine

Today, I became a statistic. I joined the 33 million Americans who have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Like many, I felt an enormous amount of relief. I also felt extremely grateful to not be amongst the over 460,000 dead, for amongst those included friends, relatives of friends, and extended family members. I felt thankful for all of the decisions made to sacrifice social events, dining out, and canceled vacations.

Since the pandemic, I have done lot of community education on Covid-19 prevention and Covid-19 vaccines so I…

Rhonda Moore Johnson, MD, MPH

Dr. Rhonda Moore Johnson is an award-winning medical professional, writer, and educator. She is a health equity champion.

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