NACCHO Awards $1.35 Million in Funding to Local Health Departments
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the voice of the country’s nearly 3,000 local health departments, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has selected nine local health departments to participate as host sites in Cohort I of the Partnering for Vaccine Equity Project.
Bent County Public Health, Colorado
Hall County Board of Health, Georgia
Dent County Health Center, Missouri
Central District Health Department, Nebraska
Two Rivers Public Health Department, Nebraska
Trumbull County Combined Health District, Ohio
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, South Carolina
Paris-Lamar County Health District, Texas
Monongalia County Health Department, West Virginia
Over the past three flu seasons, vaccination coverage has increased among adults; however, racial, and ethnic disparities in flu vaccination coverage remain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adults from racial and ethnic minority groups have lower flu vaccination rates and higher rates of severe flu illness and flu-related morbidity and mortality compared to non-Hispanic White adults. This same trend of low vaccination and high morbidity and mortality is documented for COVID-19.
Disparities in vaccination coverage, especially among racial and ethnic minority adults, contribute to and further exacerbate existing health inequities. The Partnering for Vaccine Equity project seeks to support local health departments to improve COVID-19 and influenza vaccination coverage because it is an important approach for improving the overall health and economic opportunity for historically-marginalized groups and advancing health equity in communities.
The Partnering for Vaccine Equity Project focuses on increasing local health departments’ capacity to address inequities in COVID-19 and influenza vaccination coverage among racial and ethnic minority adults to increase vaccination uptake. This work will be achieved by collaborating with local health departments to identify and address barriers to vaccines, engage community stakeholders and influential messengers to support vaccine messaging, provide education and vaccine delivery at the community level, and facilitate relationships between vaccine providers and the community to increase vaccine confidence, access, and uptake opportunities. The project will run through December 31, 2022. To learn more about the NACCHO Immunization portfolio, please visit our webpage here.