Covid Johnson & Johnson Vaccinations in San Diego


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April 13, 2021


Re: Covid Johnson & Johnson Vaccinations in San Diego

There is no evidence that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for covid-19 is inferior to the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.


All three of the vaccines that are available in the United States do three things that are most important: 1. they prevent serious illness 2. they prevent hospitalizations 3. they prevent death.
In the clinical trials all of these vaccines were 100% effective in preventing the three most serious complications we all want to avoid.


The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines were developed during the early phase of the pandemic in this country and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was developed later during the course of the pandemic.


The efficacy measurement was done differently between the Johnson & Johnson vaccine versus the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines efficacy endpoint was symptomatic disease, the J&J vaccine efficacy was whether or not you contracted covid-19 on a test nasal swab with a PCR gold standard test for the diagnosis.


These vaccines were not tested head to head, but they were all 100% effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death.


As of April 13th, the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration recommended placing a hold on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to an extremely rare complication affecting just six people out of 6.8 million vaccinated, all women between the ages of 18 and 48. We await further guidance from the CDC & FDA.


Jerome A. Robinson, MD, FACC, FACP, FASH, FSCAI
Chairman, Health Committee
NAACP San Diego Branch

PO Box 152086
San Diego CA 92195

(619) 431-1633 Phone/Text
[email protected]

Celebrating 102 years of civil rights advocacy in San Diego

Community Health and Resource Fair


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Community Health and Resource Fair

SDBPOA Townhall


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SDBPOA Townhall

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April 1st General Membership Meeting

6pm via Zoom:

We will be hearing from Director Andrew Strong on the County office of Race and Equity, as well as from Kelly O. Elmore, MD on Women’s Health.

Director of Race and Equity Andrew Strong

Strong brings 15 years of experience in local government leadership and community engagement to the role, intended to identify systemic bias within the county government.

Strong spent nine years in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman before settling in San Diego. He joined the county in the human resources department and was promoted into key leadership positions, including chief of staff of the Chief Administrative Office, which implements the policy directives of the board and manages the day-to-day operations of the county.


Kelly O. Elmore, MD

Kelly O. Elmore, MD, is a board-certified OB/GYN, health care executive and chief wellness officer for clients across the globe. While Dr. Elmore considers her practice, Viva Life Health Hub in San Diego, as her home, she travels the world and sees most of her private medical concierge patients virtually. 

After graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Dr. Elmore completed her medical degree at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago on a full scholarship and residency in San Diego, California. Dr. Elmore also holds a master’s in business administration, which she completed while managing her full-time medical practice, as well as her business, KOE Medical Consulting Inc.

Dr. Elmore is a high-energy and dynamic speaker who grasps the attention of her audience and leaves a positive and memorable impression. Her life motto, which she shares wholeheartedly with her patients is: “To educate, encourage, enspire men, women, and youth to #Vivalife, starting with their health.” 

When she’s not helping her patients, Dr. Elmore is giving back to the community, serving as an advisory member of the Logan Heights Community Development Corporation in San Diego. She also participates in humanitarian surgical missions and global education.

Media: IG @drkellyomd

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April 14th Book Club: Black Political Organizations in the Post Civil Rights Era

Members’ Book Club Book of the Month:

The April book club book is Black Political Organizations in the Post-Civil Rights Era by Ollie Johnson and Karin Stanford.

We know a great deal about civil rights organizations during the 1960s, but relatively little about black political organizations since that decade. Questions of focus, accountability, structure, and relevance have surrounded these groups since the modern Civil Rights Movement ended in 1968. Political scientists Ollie A. Johnson III and Karin L. Stanford have assembled a group of scholars who examine the leadership, membership, structure, goals, ideology, activities, accountability, and impact of contemporary black political organizations and their leaders. Questions considered are: How have these organizations adapted to the changing sociopolitical and economic environment? What ideological shifts, if any, have occurred within each one? What issues are considered important to black political groups and what strategies are used to implement their agendas? The contributors also investigate how these organizations have adapted to changes within the black community and American society as a whole.

Please join us! We will meet, via Zoom for now, once per month to talk and share our feelings about books we’ve read selected by our members. Everyone will have the opportunity to nominate books for future meetings.

We are meeting at 7pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Criteria for book nominations includes anything related to the African-American experience and any books written by black authors regardless of topics.  To join, just send an email request to [email protected]

We look forward to reading with you!

March 4th General Membership Meeting

6pm via Zoom:

Celebration of Women’s History Month

Speaking this month will be Patrice Baker and Retired Deputy Chief Lorraine Hutchinson

Retired Deputy Chief Lorraine Hutchinson

Retired Deputy Chief Lorraine Hutchinson served in the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department before retiring in June 2015. Since the start of her career in 1990, Retired Deputy Chief Hutchinson has celebrated a number of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department firsts. She worked her way up through the ranks and is the first and only African American woman in the history of the Department to be promoted to engineer, captain, battalion chief and her current position, deputy chief.
Mrs. Hutchinson earned an Associate of Science degree in Fire Technology from Miramar College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from National University.
Her last work assignment was in Fire Operations as the B Division Deputy Chief/Shift Commander. She supervised seven battalion chiefs who oversee the seven geographical areas that make up the City of San Diego. She was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Department when she was on duty.
Chief Hutchinson has been a community advocate for over 25 years and after being diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2012, she continued her civic service as a spokesperson for Susan G. Komen. Her tireless dedication and commitment to the fire service and her community has earned her much recognition including; Employee of the Quarter twice, the City of San Diego’s Diversity Distinction Award, San Diego Metropolitan Magazine’s, 40 Under Forty Award, San Diego Business Journal’s 2011 Women who Mean Business Award, a nomination for the 2014 San Diego Magazine’s Woman of the Year award and she was honored in 2014 as the San Diego Padres Honorary Bat Girl.
Serving as Susan G. Komen’s 2014 Honorary Breast Cancer Survivor and learning of the disparities that exist with African American women, after Mrs. Hutchinson retired, she briefly served as the Susan G. Komen’s Director of Community Relations. She held that assignment until she was needed to care for her ill father until he passed away. Mrs. Hutchinson remains committed to helping save lives by sharing her breast cancer journey.
Mrs. Hutchinson currently serves as the Fire Technology Director at Southwestern Community College where she continues to prioritize the recruitment of women and minorities to the Fire Service.
Mrs. Hutchinson is married to Steve Hutchinson, a retired San Diego Police Officer who currently works for the District Attorney’s office. They are the proud parents of three daughters, Brittany, Brandé and Bianca and three adorable grandchildren, Marianna, Cheyenne and Marquin.

Patrice Baker

Native of the Encanto Neighborhoods with over 30 years of professional and volunteer contributions to improve the quality of life for all residents of Southeastern San Diego. With advanced degrees in Management and organizational leadership, Patrice leads the community engagement programs and activities for GWSD to ensure that all programs and projects reflect the vested interests, values, and vision of current and future residents.

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Watch: March 10th Jury Townhall

At 6pm on March 10, we had a discussion regarding service on juries.

A “jury of your peers” cannot happen without a diverse jury pool. We had a lively discussion with Superior Court Judge Dwayne K. Moring, Deputy District Attorney Dwain Woodley and Deputy Public Defender Euketa Oliver on how to ensure justice for all!

Judge Dwayne Moring

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Dwayne K. Moring to a judicial seat on the San Diego County Superior Court on July 21, 2008. 

Judge Moring currently hears criminal matters as the Supervising Judge at the San Diego South County Courthouse. He is the first African-American Supervising Judge for the South County Courthouse.  His previous assignment was in one of the old Central Courthouse Felony Settlement Departments where half of all the felony cases filed at the main courthouse were heard in his department.  He was also assigned to the Juvenile Delinquency Court for three years.

Judge Moring tried approximately 75 felony and misdemeanor jury trials prior to his appointment.  He has presided over approximately 50 jury trials as a judge. 

Prior to his appointment, Judge Moring was a Deputy District Attorney in the Sex Crimes and Stalking Division of the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.  Previously, Judge Moring was a Deputy Alternate Public Defender with the San Diego Alternate Public Defender’s Office, and a Deputy City Attorney in the San Diego City Attorney’s Office.

Judge Moring is a board member of the San Diego Judges Association, a Sustaining Member of the San Diego Lawyers Club, a lifetime member of both the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association and Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation, and a Master with the J. Clifford Wallace American Inn of Court.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the: California Judges Association, Crawford High School Academy of Law, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, and the University Club Atop Symphony Towers of San Diego.  He is also a member of the San Diego Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Judge Moring is the recipient of several awards for his involvement in the legal community.  In October 2017 he was recognized by Pepperdine University as one of its “Top 40 Over 40 Alumni.”  He was honored with the “Flame Of Inspiration Award” by the Thomas Jefferson School Of Law Black Law Student Association in March 2008 acknowledging his mentorship of minority law students.  In 2007, Judge Moring received the “Outstanding Service By A Public Attorney Award” from the San Diego County Bar Association.  He also received the San Diego County Sexual Assault Response Team’s “Response With A Heart Award” in appreciation of his significant contribution to sexual assault prosecution in 2007.

Judge Moring received his juris doctor degree from Pepperdine School of Law in 1991.  He also attended Pepperdine University as an undergraduate where he received a Bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1984.  

 Judge Moring was born and raised in San Diego, California.

Dwain Woodley

Dwain Woodley was appointed to Chief Deputy District Attorney at the San Diego District Attorney’s office by District Attorney Summer Stephan in 2018.  Chief Woodley, a 31 year attorney and Navy Jag Corps veteran,  earned his B.A. from McDaniel College 1986 and earned his J.D. the University of Maryland Law School in 1989. 

As a Navy Jag Woodley gained experience as a defense attorney and later joined the Office of the Public Defender of San Diego County where he represented indigent clients.  In 2001 he joined the office of the District Attorney of San Diego County where he led  Superior Court Division, Juvenile and South Bay Divisions. 

Chief Deputy Woodley was raised in Baltimore Maryland in a family that instilled the importance of public service.  He recognizes that the community must have trust in the fairness of the judicial system for it to work effectively and that having prosecutors from diverse backgrounds provides an extra level of confidence that the system is fair to its citizens.  Chief Woodley also understands that community safety is more than incarceration.  The judicial system as a whole should have a greater purpose – to prevent crime and to create a peaceful, law-abiding society. 


Euketa Oliver

Euketa Oliver is a Deputy Public Defender with the San Diego County Office of the Primary Public Defender.  For over 15 years, her practice has focused on representing indigent individuals in their criminal and appellate matters. For the past 3 years, Euketa has worked in the Writs and Appeals Unit, where she is responsible for providing legal advice to approximately 200 attorneys, office-wide trainings on new laws and legislation, as well as conducting extensive legal research and writing. As a Deputy Public Defender, Euketa has handled over 70 jury trials. She has argued appellate matters before the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One and the San Diego Superior Court Appellate Division. Prior to her legal career, Euketa obtained a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology. Euketa is Immediate Past President of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation; co-chair of Lawyers Club of San Diego, Diverse Women’s Committee; serves on the San Diego Superior Court’s Anti-Bias Legal Equality (ABLE) committee, and member of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Bench-Bar Committee. 

Working Together to Improve Outcomes for all Black Children and Families

A two-Part Symposium

Sincerest Gratitude

On behalf of the NAACP San Diego Branch & SDSU’s Black Minds Project, I would like to personally extend our gratitude to each and every phenomenal panelist and participant. Thank you for making our symposium on Working Together to Improve Outcomes for All Black Children and Families a heartfelt success.

Here is Day One’s recording:

Day One: Why Black Educators Matter


  • Dr. J. Luke Wood, San Diego State University, Distinguished Professor of Education
  • Dr. Adisa Alkebulan, SDSU, Associate Professor and Chair of Africana Studies (invited)
  • Dr. Micia Mosely, Founder and Director of the Black Teacher Project
  • Lisa Kelly, Middle School Teacher, Black Teacher Project Fellow
  • Dr. Ernest Black, Statewide Director of the CalStateTEACH Program
  • Dr. Joe Fulcher, Assistant Superintendent, Equity, Culture & Support Services, Sweetwater Union High School District

Moderator: Katrina Hasan Hamilton

Here is Day Two’s recording:

Day Two: Why Support is Critical for Increasing Black Parent Involvement in Schools

  • Dr. Grace Carroll – Wordsmith LLC, Akira’s Book Club & The Village Project’s Emanyatta Program
  • Dr. Idara Essien – SDSU, Assistant Professor Child and Family Development
  • Selam Gebrekristos, M.F.T. – SDSU, Co-Director of MA in Education with a concentration in Counseling. SDCC, Counselor
  • Rashida Hameed – President/CEO of Epiphany Women in Focus, Epiphany Project
  • Mohamed Qas – SDSU, The Black Minds Project