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Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan Combatting Misinformation about COVID-19: Washington Post Article



Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellow Asha Shajahan was recently featured in a Washington Post article about the front line workers fighting misinformation on COVID-19 and vaccines against it online.

Asha is one of the leaders of the #ThisIsOutShot campaign. Co-founded by Los Angeles-based physician Atul Nakhasi, the #ThisIsOurShot campaign unites more than 25,000 healthcare workers and aims to spread positive and accurate messages about COVID-19 vaccines online, where there is a lot of mistrust and misinformation.

As the Washington Post article points out, today, healthcare workers are constantly fighting on two fronts; saving lives every day and countering misinformation rapidly spread online. To that end, Asha is working on finding a way physicians can manage misinformation on social media. As written in the Washington Post article, ““In general, physicians kind of tend to be siloed and do their own thing because they’re so busy,” [Asha] said. But during the pandemic, she noted, many have come to realize the importance of “collective impact.”

You can read the full article here.

Asha is one of thirty Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.