As part of the HHS COVID-19 Public Education Campaign, on April 1, 2021 the agency announced the launch of the COVID-19 Community Corps, which will play a significant role in the agency’s community-driven initiative.
The COVID-19 Community Corps is a nationwide, grassroots network of local voices and trusted community leaders to encourage vaccinations, with more than 275 founding member organizations that have the collective ability to reach millions of people. This effort will mobilize health professionals, scientists, community organizations, faith leaders, businesses, rural stakeholders, civil rights organizations, sports leagues and athletes, and people from all walks of life to become leaders within their own communities to help get friends, family and neighbors vaccinated.
During National Minority Health Month, we encourage you to partner with the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) by not only joining the conversation and sharing “I am #VaccineReady because…” with your community, but also by joining the COVID-19 Community Corps.
As a Corps member, you’ll get resources to help you build vaccine confidence in your community, including:
- Fact sheets on vaccine safety, tips on how to talk with friends and family about the importance of vaccination, and hints for planning and attending community events.
- Social media content to share with your followers.
- Regular email updates with the latest vaccine news and resources to share.
Great Plains QIN was enlisted by CMS to help increase COVID-19, influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates in North Dakota and South Dakota. We believe if we work together to coordinate messages, share resources and offer joint learning opportunities, we can collectively combat vaccine hesitancy and increase vaccine confidence and rates in our communities. We value our partnership and want to work together to reduce duplication and decrease provider burden, If your organization is currently planning trainings or have projects underway that we could support or promote, please let us know.