More COVID-19 Funding- Vaccine Equity

  • April 14, 2022

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:


  • African Cultural Services, Inc.
  • BRIDGE (Berkshire Resources for the Integration of Diverse Groups through Education)
  • Centro de Apoyo Familiar (CAF)
  • Chappaquiddick Tribe of the Wampanoag Indian Nation Corporation
  • Chinese Culture Connection, Inc.
  • Coalition for a Better Acre
  • DEAF, Inc.
  • Dwelling House of Hope, Inc.
  • Extreme Kid, Inc.
  • Haitian Community Partners
  • Haitian Health Institute
  • Leaving the Streets Ministries, Inc
  • Love Your Menses
  • Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health (MassCOSH)
  • Metrowest Worker Center (Casa do Trabalhador/Casa del Trabajador)
  • Next Leadership Development Corporation
  • Nigerian American Multi-Service Association (NAMSA)
  • People Affecting Community Change (PACC Global)
  • Pioneer Valley Workers Center
  • South Asian Workers’ Center
  • Springfield Boys and Girls Club
  • The Black Literacy and Arts Collaborative Project, Inc.
  • UHAI for Health Inc.
  • Women Encouraging Empowerment Inc.
  • YMCA of Greater Boston


Here are the community health centers receiving new funding:


  • Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
  • Bowdoin Street Health Center
  • Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
  • Brookside Community Health Center
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Caring Health Center, Inc.
  • Charles River Community Health Center
  • Codman Square Health Center
  • Community Health Center of Cape Cod
  • Community Health Center of Franklin County
  • Community Health Connections Family Health Center
  • Community Health Programs
  • The Dimock Center
  • DotHouse Health
  • Duffy Health Center
  • East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
  • Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (Framingham)
  • Family Health Center of Worcester
  • Fenway Community Health Center
  • Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
  • Greater New Bedford Community Health Center
  • Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center
  • Harbor Health Services Incorporated
  • Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center
  • HealthFirst Family Care Center
  • Hilltown Community Health Center
  • Holyoke Health Center, Inc.
  • Island Health Care
  • Lowell Community Health Center
  • Lynn Community Health Center
  • Manet Community Health Center
  • Mattapan Community Health Center
  • North End Waterfront Health
  • North Shore Community Health Center
  • Outer Cape Health Services
  • South Boston Community Health Center
  • South Cove Community Health Center
  • Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center
  • Springfield Health Services for the Homeless
  • SSTAR Family Healthcare Center
  • Upham’s Corner Health Center
  • Whittier Street Health Center


And these are the latest community organizations securing funding dedicated to rural vaccine equity:

  • Hilltown CDC
  • Franklin Regional Council of Governments
  • Nantucket Board of Health/ Health Imperatives/ Community Foundation for Nantucket


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