The Salvation Army Western PA Division and UnitedHealthcare Present COVID-19 Vaccine Educational Townhall Video Resource

May 13, 2021 | by Stephanie Rex

PITTSBURGH, PA (May 13, 2021) – The Salvation Army Western PA Division and UnitedHealthcare have teamed up to create an educational video townhall presentation with the goal of answering questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Questions were gathered prior to the filming of the video directly from people who are receiving social services from The Salvation Army Western PA Division. “Understanding Your Options: COVID-19 Vaccine Educational Townhall,” is available for all to view at, or can be accessed simply by pointing your smartphone’s camera at this QR Code:

“We are thrilled to partner with UnitedHealthcare on this important educational resource as we know, more than ever, people have questions and concerns about COVID-19 vaccinations and how to access the care or appointments they need,” said Major Gregory Hartshorn, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army Western PA Division. “We know this video townhall will provide convenient and much-needed information to local families who are making the best decisions they can for their children and for themselves.”

The townhall meeting video resource allows community members to hear directly from local doctors and health care providers who answer common questions about COVID-19 vaccines, related health questions, and more. Representatives from The Salvation Army Western PA Division also provide resources for families who need emergency food, utility and rental assistance, youth programming, and more.

The expert speakers featured in the townhall meeting include: Dr. Brian Parker, Allegheny Health Network Physician; Dr. Maria Dahl, chief medical officer at UnitedHealthcare; Patricia Canela-Duckett, Medicaid and CHIP Community Outreach Manager at UnitedHealthcare; Lauren Fair, The Salvation Army Western PA Division’s Director of Social Services, and others.          

“The need for education around which vaccines are available and how people can access them is more important than ever as we all strive to do our best to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic as a community,” said Corey Coleman, vice president of community and strategic partnerships, UnitedHealthcare. “We know this video townhall – which can conveniently be accessed anytime - will be useful to anyone who has questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, and we hope they will also share this resource with their own family and friends.”

During Fiscal Year 2020, The Salvation Army Western PA Division served 590,318 men, women, and children in need during the pandemic, provided 710,186 meals, provided 381,840 groceries, assisted in 732 housing and rent assistance cases, and supported individuals in 2,375 Utility assistance cases.

Celebrating over 150 years of global service as both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 132 countries worldwide. The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log on to  The Salvation Army … doing the most good for the most people in the most need.


Stephanie Rex, Director of Marketing and Public Relations

The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division

Email  |  Office: (412) 446-1642  |  Cell: (412) 463-2942

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