As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Biden administration is providing $121 million to support community-based efforts to increase vaccinations in underserved communities.
These awards will go to community-based organizations across the country that are working in communities to build vaccine confidence, share factual information about vaccines and answer questions about getting vaccinated. The investment is part of the administration’s commitment to support and empower local trusted voices within communities to help encourage vaccination, protect more people and save lives. The funding was made available by the American Rescue Plan and is being distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Organizations in Los Angeles receiving funding include the Shared Harvest Foundation, 925 N. La Brea Ave., Ste. 5059; the Realistic Education In Action Coalition To Foster Health, 1400 E. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 240; the Southside Coalition Of Community Health Centers, 1400 S. Grand Ave., Ste. 711; St. John’s Well Child And Family Center, 808 W. 58th St.; and White Memorial Medical Center, 1720 E. Cesar Chavez Ave.
These awards, in addition to $125 million awarded in June, establish, expand and sustain community efforts to mobilize outreach and health workers, patient navigators, social support specialists and others to increase vaccinations.
Award recipients will engage with regional and local partners, including faith-based organizations, regional and local health departments, health centers and other community-based health providers, to reach underserved and high-risk communities to help bolster COVID-19 vaccination rates. For example, the funding will be used to support partnerships between academic and community-based organizations like churches and local fire departments to improve COVID-19 health literacy and vaccination rates. Also, funding will support Black, Latino and tribal partnerships that provide clergy, churchgoers, adolescents and others with trusted information about vaccines. Their staff will work within their communities to get more people vaccinated.
“This community-based COVID-19 vaccine outreach program will make it possible to reach people in vulnerable and medically underserved communities and help reduce disparities in COVID-19 vaccination rates,” Acting HRSA Administrator Diana Espinosa said.
For information, visit hrsa.gov.
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