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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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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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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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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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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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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The “Sandwich Approach” and Other Tips for Talking about Vaccine Hesitancy
In April 2022, the Philippine Nurses Association of Michigan conducted an educational webinar that included a youth forum on how to best address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. The panel was made up of five student leaders who shared their pandemic experiences along with their perspectives on how to effectively communicate information about the vaccines. The students suggested engaging in one-on-one dialogue and practicing active listening. One of the youth leaders also recommended using the...
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Easing the Concerns of Nursing Mothers
Friends of Refugees partnered with Ethne Health for a “Lunch & Learn” event for women in the Afghan community to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.  Over 30 women attended and said they felt safe and comfortable asking questions. Friends of Refugees Community Engagement Manager Muzhda Oriakhil helped bring this group together and brought her own nursing baby to show other mothers in attendance how safe the vaccine is for nursing women.
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In the Year of the Water Tiger, a Community Finds Strength
During the COVID-19 pandemic, when anti-Asian harassment and discrimination skyrocketed in the United States, the Chinese American Chamber of Commerce (CACC) in Twin Cities, MN knew decisive action was needed. The increase in anti-Asian harassment left Asian Pacific Minnesotans distrustful of the government and negatively impacted vaccination efforts. In order to support their community through this difficult time, CACC went to work, providing safe and trusted environments for community members...
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Too Determined to Fail
Project Access Now focuses on filling gaps in the health care system, ensuring underserved individuals in the Portland, Oregon metro area have access to health care and services. But succeeding at this work can be an uphill climb. After one of their vaccination events at a local community center resulted in a low turnout, their vaccine provider backed out 3 days before their next event. The staff at Project Access Now sprang into action and contacted their state partner, the Oregon Health...
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Bringing the Community ‘Back to Health’
In an effort to engage the community in health-related activities, Northwest New Jersey Community Action Program (Norwescap) hosted its first annual Back to Health fair in April 2022 in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. The free community event provided access to health screenings and immunizations for COVID-19 and Influenza. Twenty community partners participated, including essential service providers like the Warren County Public Library and Family Promise homelessness prevention, and offered...
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Protection for the Whole Family
Mississippi-based nonprofit My Brother’s Keeper has been working to eliminate health disparities among underserved and vulnerable populations in the state for over 20 years. As part of their recent efforts to improve confidence in COVID-19 vaccines, they asked the local community how the virus has affected their lives and what inspired them to vaccinate.  They didn’t need to look far for a powerful story—a staff member from one of their own health clinics shared that her entire family of five...
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Mobile Vaccination Clinics Protect Hundreds From COVID-19
A small neighborhood-based nonprofit, the Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley (HCLV) in Pennsylvania has built strong relationships with the Latino/a/x community they serve, offering a broad range of services including a food pantry, senior center, social services program, and a Women Infants and Children (WIC) program. As a trusted resource during the COVID-19 pandemic, they supported their community by disseminating public health information through information sessions and comprehensive TV...
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Testing Triumph
Staff at The Latin American Community Center (LACC) in Wilmington, Delaware understands the importance of COVID-19 testing in protecting their community. They have held regular COVID-19 testing clinics, providing this much needed service with assistance in both English and Spanish. In addition to on-site PCR testing, LACC provided rapid testing and at-home test kits to families. They’ve also partnered with other local organizations to provide testing to at-risk communities, including seniors...
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Persistence Pays Off
La Casa De La Salud (LCS) supports the primarily Latino/a/x community in the area of Richmond, VA by providing accurate information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, hosting vaccine clinics, and providing support to community members through every step of the vaccination process. One local business owner didn’t trust the COVID-19 vaccine. After several weeks of encouragement from staff at LCS, he said he would receive the vaccine the next day. But when the next day came, he canceled his...
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A Mother's Day to Remember
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the G.R.E.E.N Foundation in Santa Ana, California has supported local community organizations through sponsorship and the provision of COVID-19-related educational materials. One of their grantees, family services nonprofit Harper Haven, recently held a celebration “Best Mom Ever” on Mother’s Day, in which many community members received COVID-19 information and vaccinations, including Deaf individuals. As the director of the organization Ms. Levy Harper is a sign...
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Not Gambling with Anyone’s Health
Supporting Tribal Nations in the Pacific Northwest is  a main priority for CHOICE Regional Health Network. They’ve established culturally respectful partnerships and collaborations with local Tribes, including a six-month partnership with the Skokomish Tribe. Through this collaboration, CHOICE helped to organize two monthly vaccination events at the Skokomish Tribal Community Center. They devoted the first two hours of these vaccination events to tribal elders and tribal members. And when the...
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Making Shopping Trips Healthier
At a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic situated outside a grocery store in Philadelphia, the organization ACHIEVEability worried they weren’t reaching enough people. The team decided to take their outreach a step further and began inviting grocery shoppers inside the store to come out and have a conversation with the team. One team member even assisted a man in finding the perfect chorizo for a gumbo recipe in exchange for five minutes of his time talking about the vaccine. The man, as well as...
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Bingo as a Game Changer in Beating COVID-19 & Flu
At Cleveland Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP), helping dialysis patients to get vaccinated against infectious diseases is a top priority. The group came up with a creative solution to inform and educate their clientele: two full days of Bingo games at the Centers for Dialysis Care West facility. The Bingo cards included information about COVID-19 and flu vaccines in each square. The games were a hit, with patients not only brushing up on their scientific knowledge, but...
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