The Massachusetts Vaccine Equity Initiative, with investments tallying more than $51 million so far, is backed by federal assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“These trusted community-based organizations know their communities best,” Public Health Commissioner Margret Cooke said in a statement Friday morning. “They use their knowledge and relationships to expand the efforts of our Vaccine Equity Initiative by helping address the unique health equity needs of the communities and populations they serve — needs that have been exacerbated by COVID-19.”
The new tranche of funding includes $1.1 million in grants to 26 community and faith-based organizations, including those serving Tribal and Indigenous Peoples.
“Along with 50 other community organizations currently funded, these organizations will provide culturally appropriate outreach and education on COVID-19 vaccination and mitigation as well as host and promote vaccine clinics for priority populations most impacted by COVID-19,” the Baker administration said.
Another $3.1 million will support the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, which more granularly aids 42 locations for “critical workforce and equipment needs and outreach, education, and navigation support toward COVID-19 vaccination.”
The remaining $300,000 in new funding is earmarked for three organizations — and in partnership with the New England Rural Health Association — focused on ensuring vaccine equity effort in rural communities. The Baker administration said 143 rural towns should now benefit from this program.
These are the community organizations that have been awarded grants ranging from $15,000 to $50,000: