Success at a Glance

Explore this collection of brief stories celebrating the innovations and accomplishments of our partners as they work to create healthier and more resilient communities.

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Helping Local Families in East Tennessee
When local Tennessee resident Reyna and her family were severely impacted by Covid-19 in the early days of the pandemic, the 55-year-old Latina mom turned to Centro Hispano of East Tennessee. She and her family received health, housing, and food assistance. As Reyna became more involved in the Centro's programs, she also began to learn about their vaccine campaign. After learning that the vaccine was safe and effective and how to access it, Reyna and her family were vaccinated at Centro Hispano...
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Boston Faith-Based Alliance Offers Community Safe Spaces for Vaccination
The BMA TenPoint alliance of churches, faith and community-based organizations serves diverse communities throughout the Greater Boston area. Through a recent initiative, Organizing for Health & Wealth, they often hold vaccine clinics in local churches in collaboration with community health centers. One member of Bethel A.M.E. church attended a BMA TenPoint summer clinic there. Initially apprehensive, she later told clinic staff that seeing the COVID-19 vaccine offered at her church helped her...
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Safe Circles Protect NY Communities
Through video testimonials and trusted messengers, Action for a Better Community helped more than 500 individuals get vaccinated in their Rochester, New York, community. Protect Your Circle testimonials from community members were filmed by the organization and shared through social media and a community newsletter. “It was important for us to capture the journey from hesitancy to getting vaccinated and why someone decided to act after all,” said Shannon Kelly, coordinator of Protect Your Circle...
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Radio shows, podcasts and fitness events drive vaccinations in Baton Rouge
To fight vaccine hesitancy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Baton Rouge Black Alcoholism Council (BRBAC) built community partnerships with medical professionals, influential messengers, and radio broadcasters. Also known as Metro Health, BRBAC partnered with CareSouth to dispel Covid-19 myths and promote community vaccinations. The partnership began in September 2021 and included a community fitness event, vaccination event, radio shows, and podcasts. Partnership outreach, media strategies, and...
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Reaching Rural Communities Across Mississippi
The Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health (IAMH) has partnered with local NAACP chapters across Mississippi to reach more rural counties and provide free access to the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as PPE, diapers, feminine hygiene products, and a range of educational materials. IAMH recently hosted a health fair in Amite County, MS. Rural counties are often underserved and can experience health disparities as a result of low access to services. The Amite County health fair allowed over...
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Drag Queen Dazzles at Viva La Fiesta
On April 9, 2022, Project EMPOWER of BEAT AIDS hosted a health fair called Viva La Fiesta. In contrast to more traditional fairs, this event delivered educational resources, screenings, and vaccinations in conjunction with a dramatic performance by Drag Queen Sasha Taylor Lord. Community members and partner organizations donated food and prizes, and a collaborator posed as “Max the Vax”—a human vaccination character who worked the crowd, sharing information about the importance of vaccination...
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Puppets Join the Conversation in Philly’s Chinatown
The team at the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation believes that one of the best ways to reach vaccine-hesitant people is through the arts. They created a campaign featuring two colorful puppet characters, Bo and Momo, who speak about issues related to vaccine hesitancy including fear, judgement, and family disagreements. The two characters were featured in the organization’s short YouTube videos, social media posts and various signs and flyers. Through partnerships with the Asian...
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Helping the Community Navigate Misinformation
Ser Familia has been providing COVID-19 and influenza education and vaccination among Latinos who reside in the Atlanta Metro Area, with a special focus on those who have Limited English Proficiency. One of their community members, 66-year-old Mrs. E. Gonzalez, said that she had heard many wild theories about the vaccines, including the myth that the vaccines were going to be used to track undocumented people. She was being actively discouraged from getting the COVID-19 vaccine by some friends...
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Empanadas and Community Support are a Recipe for Success
OLA of Eastern Long Island in New York has been working to bring COVID-19 vaccines to the most isolated areas of Long Island’s East End—a semi-rural resort area made up of small hamlets and villages. They are particularly proud of their vaccination event held on September 14, 2021, in the hamlet of Montauk located within the Town of East Hampton. For this event, they partnered with Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and East Hampton town to provide vaccines at the Montauk Playhouse—a large...
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