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March 3, 2021

2/23/2021 10:16:00 AM
DHS Investing $6.1 Million to Promote Equity in COVID-19 Vaccine Program

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced a $6.1 million investment to support community-based organizations in raising awareness and access to COVID-19 vaccine among communities that have faced both historical and current barriers to health care services and the COVID-19 vaccine. $3.1 million of the investment will fund efforts to activate organizations to serve as trusted messengers to build vaccine confidence and reduce barriers that may impede vaccinations in urban and rural areas. The remaining $3 million will supplement current vaccine equity work being done by Federally Qualified Health Centers, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Family Health La Clinica, Minority Health Grantees, and United Way of Wisconsin 211.
"In just two months, we have vaccinated almost one million Wisconsinites with their first dose of the vaccine," said Governor Tony Evers. "We need to continue our efforts and outreach to make sure to get as many Wisconsinites protected from COVID-19 as possible. By investing in trusted organizations to engage in strategic outreach, coordination, and vaccine education for racially and geographically diverse populations, we are better able to protect our communities that have been hit hardest by COVID-19."
Applications for the grant program open February 15, and organizations that engage in work to reduce socioeconomic or health inequities across Wisconsin are encouraged to apply....
(See the rest of the story in the February 18, 2021 Chronicle issue)

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