The AAMC was awarded a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and increase vaccinations around the country. As part of the CDC-funded Building Trust and Confidence Through Partnerships grant program, the AAMC Center for Health Justice is promoting stronger cross-sector collaboration between its member institutions, public health departments, social services agencies, and community-based organizations to support both near- and long-term responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The AAMC Center for Health Justice is pleased to announce the five community partnerships selected to receive funding. Each team is led by an AAMC-member medical school or teaching hospital and includes public health departments, social service agencies, and faith- or community-based organizations. Local organizations — which are often closest to their own community’s health challenges — are best positioned to provide effective solutions. The partnerships funded by the award will:
- Develop patient- and community-engaged, COVID-19-related interventions and communication strategies.
- Leverage relationships with local community- and faith-based organizations to develop messaging that is relevant to marginalized communities and recognizes the varying socioeconomic needs and differing levels of trust in health systems and government, including among health care sector workers.
- Create vaccination campaigns targeted at hard-to-reach and/or vaccine-hesitant communities.
Read more about the community partnership programs.