COVID vaccine outreach aid federal money

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the availability of approximately $250 million to develop and support a community-based workforce who will serve as trusted voices sharing information about vaccines, increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence and address any barriers to vaccination for individuals living in vulnerable and medically underserved communities.

This funding will help community-based organizations to hire and mobilize community outreach workers, community health workers, social support specialists and others to conduct on-the-ground outreach to educate and assist individuals in getting the information they need about vaccination, help make vaccine appointments and assist with transportation and other needs to get to individuals to each of their vaccination appointments.

Approximately 10 award recipients will be funded to engage with multiple organizations regionally and locally, including with community based organizations, health centers, minority-serving institutions and other health and social service entities. The second funding opportunity will be released in the near future and will focus on smaller community-based organizations.

To apply for the Community-Based Workforce for COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Program Notice of Funding Opportunity, visit Applications are due May 18. Applicants should contact with any questions.

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