Mission 18

Mission Details | Building Bridges

Hello + welcome to our eighteenth collective mission.

Let's get back to the core message! It's been 2 years of the COVID-19 pandemic, + though research has evolved, the benefits of vaccination, testing, + boosting are more + more certain. While the facts around the core message are available, misinformation prevails causing division in our community + personal relationships. This mission asks us to get back to the core message while building bridges in our communities. First, learn about the misinformation out there + the facts to combat it. Then, use bridging statements in your conversations with compassion + hope to come together. Doing these small steps can help Virginians stay healthy + safe!

⛑️ How to support

🎒 PS. Help us thank those in the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic! Go to the bottom of this page to see how. 

📲 To be featured in the Mission 18 status update + recap, provide your feedback + let us know how you share. Your insight + ideas help guide future efforts. (Feedback form is now closed for Mission 18)

🚨 Get Misinformation Alerts. Tackle high-risk topics by addressing + debunking the misinformation. Though factual information is available, most of the time it is drowned in the noise of misinformation. Public Health Communications Collaborative has created this resource that reports recent misinformation + if it should be addressed through alerts categorized as high, medium, or low risk. Be sure to bookmark the site + review weekly. 

💬 Build a bridge.

In 2 years of this pandemic, the research + information available has evolved, but clearly points back to the benefits of vaccination, testing, + boosting. During this time, misinformation has continuously weakened the message + created a divide in our communities + between our relationships. Mission 18 asks you to continue to help keep everyone in Virginia healthy + safe by focusing on the core message of this pandemic with the most important + factual information available through bridging statements. These statements help address tough questions with compassion, a sincere interest in understanding, + a sincere hope that you will meet closer to the middle by the end of your conversation. Follow this guide to get through tough questions + let us know how you used the bridging statements in your community. 

🛠  Grab a tool. Our goal is to keep you up to date with information from trusted sources so that you can help keep your community safe + healthy throughout every phase of the pandemic. Grab a tool that best fits you! As Community Ambassadors, we work together to take small actions for big impact (via “missions”), with the goal of keeping families, friends, coworkers + communities safe. Thank you for taking the time above + beyond the mission!

If you only have a couple of minutes... 

If you only have a minute, forward this mission to a family member, friend, or coworker, + ask them to join us in keeping Virginia safe. 

If you have 5 minutes or more...

If you have 5 minutes, take a look at our social media + articles section, + share from the resources linked via social media. If you have 10 minutes, take a look at our library to stay up to date with the latest information + resources. 

If you have more time...

Have more time? Take on this vaccine misinformation guide, read up on facts + common talking points for frequently asked questions, or take this 2hr course + dive deep on how to talk to parents about the pediatric vaccine + share with your community organization leaders, PTA’s, or other parents. 

🎒 P.S. Join us in thanking those in the first line of defense against COVID-19 these past 2 years! Thank them by sharing their story, add a photo or a video, + tell us how they’ve impacted your life + the lives of others during this pandemic. (Feedback form is now closed for Mission 18)

Key facts, feedback + insight on mission success.

🗓 Mission 18 was sent on March 24 to over 4,100 Community Ambassadors across Virginia. 

⛑️  Since then Mission 18 received 4,200  views. 

This mission directs ambassadors back to the core message on the benefits of testing, vaccinating, + boosting to help stop the spread of COVID-19
+ help keep our communities safe + healthy.

Ambassadors rated this mission 4.8 out of 5 in terms of being helpful to their communities.
-- The Commonwealth thanks you for your support, Ambassadors! --