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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Personal Outreach to Inmates Makes All the Difference
During the peak of the Delta Variant surge, Hawai’i’s community prisons and jails were overwhelmed with cases of COVID-19. This population has a long history of distrusting government initiatives, and their low vaccination rates added to the problem of COVID-19 spread in these correctional facilities. Recognizing the urgency of the problem, the Hawai’i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) stepped in to provide outreach and education. In partnership with FilCom CARES and Kat Brady, Coordinator of...
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Consul-General motivates Thai-American community to vaccinate in Arizona
Asian Pacific Community in Action (APCA) knows the value of community engagement while advocating for high-quality, affordable healthcare for community members regardless of their legal status or languages that they speak. Check out this virtual outreach event in Arizona earlier this year, for which they recruited a Thai Consul-General to talk about the Covid-19 vaccine. APCA’s community health worker Jiraanong Manceau, a certified Thai interpreter, ably moderated the dialogue. The Consul is...
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Radio Host Survives COVID-19 and Broadcasts the Importance of Vaccines
After Goshen, Indiana, resident and popular radio host Pilar Rodriguez recovered from a severe case of COVID-19, she could not let others miss the opportunity to be protected. She became a Unite Against COVID-19 influencer with the Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition (NIHHC) and shared her experience with listeners of her regional La Raza Radio program. Her story was heard over the radio across five counties, and also featured in television advertisements. NIHHC has provided more than 2...
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Influential Messengers Improve Community Health in Inglewood
Christ-Centered Ministries (CCM) supports 240 revolving clients with interim housing, mental health stabilization, and substance use disorder support programs in Inglewood, California. During the pandemic, CCM equipped many of their clients to become influential messengers to spread awareness about COVID-19 and promote vaccine events among their peers. Between November 2021 and April 2022, CCM held four events, providing the COVID-19 and influenza vaccine as well as sharing general healthcare...
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Local Religious Scholar Has Global Influence on Vaccine Confidence
In their COVID-19 response, C-ASSIST partnered with influential messenger Syed Quazwini, a Muslim scholar of Iraqi origin who leads a congregation in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. The C-ASSIST team met with Quazwini on several occasions to discuss the importance of fighting misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, the urgent need for community members to become vaccinated, and the religious duty individuals have toward their family, friends, and community. Quazwini preached every Friday prayer...
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Relationship Building in South Central LA
In South Central LA, Community Development Technologies Center (CDTech) relied on a team of trusted messengers to promote Covid-19 and flu vaccinations. Through a combination of door-to-door canvassing, pop-ups, and a town hall event, CDTech connected community members to vital resources. Team members built relationships and empowered residents - providing comfort, education, and connections to local resources - and carried out surveys and technical projects. They were grateful to be welcomed by...
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Families Vaccinating Together
Aiming to ensure healthy households, the Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington (KCSC) recently held a family vaccination event where both adult and pediatric vaccines were offered. One family in attendance – two full-time working parents and three children at different levels in school – had made multiple attempts to schedule vaccinations. They found it nearly impossible to schedule appointments at times that could work for the entire family. Discouraged, they had needed to put...
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Community Leader Forges a Path
Like many people she knew, Anahi was afraid of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. A mother of six, orchard worker, and chair of Unite Oregon’s Climate Justice Committee in Rogue Valley, she feared potential side effects. Unite Oregon works across the state to build a unified, intercultural movement for justice. They offered COVID-19 vaccine education and outreach training, and facilitated one-on-one conversations with vaccinated organizers for committee members like Anahi. After receiving updated...
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A Heathy Start in a New Country
After arriving in the US, Guatemalan immigrant Juan found it difficult to access COVID-19 vaccination. Then he heard about the Central American Resource Education Center’s (CARECEN) Day Labor Center. In addition to connecting workers with employees in the Los Angeles area, the Center held a vaccine clinic staffed by PRIME clinic. In this safe and accessible place, Juan was vaccinated for COVID-19. He is now more comfortable searching for jobs and getting to know his community in his new city...
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Small but Mighty Clinic Exceeds Expectations in Atlanta
When Boat People SOS hosted vaccination event in November 2021 at a community church in Atlanta, Georgia, staff at the Vietnamese-American international nonprofit weren’t sure they would get a decent turnout. They advertised over the radio and Facebook and put up banners in the church, but they doubted their many volunteers from Emory School of Nursing and Mercer School of Pharmacy would have enough work to do. “Soon we found out that it was a good thing that we got a lot of help,” program...
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Clothes to Keep You Warm, Vaccines to Keep You Healthy
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC) provides services for unhoused residents in Chicago, including coat and clothing drives during the city’s bitterly cold winters. BPNC operates in the southwest Chicago neighborhood Brighton Park, primarily among a Latinx and immigrant community. And for Carmen, a BPNC health promoter, dispelling incorrect notions about ineligibility and unsafe vaccines has become second nature. For a clothing drive in October 2020, Carmen invited a man living on the...
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Caring Outreach to Immigrants from Guatemala
Determined outreach paved the way for Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF) to provide welcoming vaccine clinics to their community of Guatemalan immigrants in Northern Virginia. While many community members were distrustful or ill-informed about the Covid-19 vaccines, health workers like Claudia Alvarez stepped in to listen and educate. She led a team that performed outreach to local schools, churches, stores, restaurants, and homes. Her team spoke the Guatemalan indigenous dialect Ixil with...
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“Old-School” Approach Succeeds in Remote Colorado Community
In the rural community of Nederland, Colorado, many residents lack phone and internet access, and their transportation options are limited. These barriers make it challenging for people to get to a clinic to receive a Covid-19 vaccine. The Peak to Peak Housing and Human Services Alliance collaborated with The Metro Denver Partnership for Health to implement innovative approaches in this hard-to-reach population. That meant “going old school,” in the words of Katrina Harms, Peak to Peak Alliance...
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A Blueprint for a More Inclusive Future
Able South Carolina is an organization staffed and led by those with disabilities that focuses on creating greater equity and inclusion for all people with disabilities. As part of their ongoing efforts to expand vaccine confidence and uptake, the organization has hosted seven “barrier free” COVID-19 and influenza vaccine clinics in 2022 that were designed to be easily accessible to all, including those with disabilities. The clinics included both Spanish and American Sign Language...
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Keeping Vaccines in Style
Haircuts, vaccines, and a livestream? That was all a day’s work for Beacon Charitable Pharmacy, a non-profit pharmacy in northeastern Ohio. In partnership with four local, Black-owned barber and beauty shops, Beacon organized a livestream event in March to increase awareness of Beacon as a vaccine provider and to promote the availability of Covid-19 and flu vaccines at the pharmacy. The four-hour YouTube livestream included former NFL football player and local celebrity Kenny Peterson, as well...
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Trust in Faith Leaders Builds Vaccine Confidence
Naeem Baig recalls the big question: “Just tell me, Imam, should I take the [COVID-19] vaccine?” Baig is outreach director for the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in northern Virginia which serves a community of immigrants from all over the world. For many the Center serves, the COVID-19 pandemic hit hard, especially the more vulnerable members working in the service industry. Understanding the severe challenges facing these individuals and families, as well as the rapidly spreading misinformation...
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Black-owned Pharmacy Gets a Boost in East Durham
Communities in Partnership sought to host local, equity-focused vaccination clinics, reaching their BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) neighbors in East Durham, North Carolina. They partnered with Russell’s Pharmacy, a Black-owned independent pharmacy struggling with a decline in customers due to the pandemic and competition with large medical systems and pharmacy chains. Russell’s Pharmacy handled the clinical side of the organization’s vaccination events and served as a community...
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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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