Black Health Welcomes $994,000 Federal Grant

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Black Health Welcomes $994,000 Federal Grant Aimed at Tackling Vaccine Hesitancy and Increasing Vaccine Rates in Vulnerable Communities Across the Eastern Half of the United States

Black Health will work with local partners in cities across New York and in the South to combat on-going pandemic

New York-based non-profit Black Health today welcomed a grant of $943,837 from the federal Department of Health and Human Services to be applied to working to combat vaccine hesitancy in vulnerable communities of color from New York to the South which have suffered disproportionately from the impacts of the continuing COVID pandemic.

The grant was part of a package of $121 million announced in Washington by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to “trusted messengers” to build confidence in underserved communities for the importance, safety and efficacy of vaccines. Black Health – also known as the National Black Leadership Commission on Health – will utilize the grant to expand its work in cities across the East and south, including New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Nassau County in New York, Columbia, SC, Atlanta, GA, Baton Rouge, LA, and Tuskegee, AL. 

“We understand the important role trusted messengers in local communities play to help people make informed health care decisions, including whether to get a COVID-19 vaccine,” said Becerra. “Today’s investments are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to strengthen equity and support organizations that focus on underserved communities as they work to increase vaccinations and keep people safe and healthy.”

C. Virginia Fields, the founder and director of Black Health, welcomed the grant as a critical pathway to continue the groundbreaking work the group has done in vulnerable communities.

"Trusted community partners are essential in building confidence in the efficacy of the vaccines, which are critical to our eventual emergence from the pandemic which has ravaged vulnerable communities of color where so many of our essential workers live. We will use our experience on the ground in working with medically underserved communities which have seen longstanding struggles with diabetes, asthma and other chronic diseases exacerbated by the pandemic.”

C. Virginia Fields, the founder and director of Black Health

The grant calls upon recipient organizations to partner with local organizations, including faith based and other heath-focuses groups, to help bolster vaccination rates particularly in Black and Latino communities.

“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,” said Diana Espinosa, the Acting Administrator of the HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration which is overseeing the grant.

Media contact:    
For HHS Press Office:
P: 202-690-6343; e-mail: media@hhs.gov

For Black Health: Bob Liff, George Arzt Communications, Inc.
P: 917-287-7089; e-mail: bob@gacnyc.com

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