Vaccine Equity Partnership Funding to Focus on Vulnerable Populations
(BROOKLYN) – The Northeast District Department of Health (NDDH) in Brooklyn has received a grant from the Connecticut Department of Public Health in the amount of $333,960 to be used toward the state’s Vaccine Equity Partnership Funding Program (VEPF). This program ensures that COVID-19 vaccinations are provided to vulnerable populations to achieve equitable vaccination delivery. Efforts will focus on communities of color, those with limited English proficiency and those living at the margins of the state’s economy. NDDH provides public health services to nearly 85,000 people in 12 northeast CT towns.
“Northeast Connecticut has been well-served by the efforts of our staff and Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, as well as Day Kimball Healthcare, Generations Family Health Center and other community partners,” said NDDH Director of Health Sue Starkey. “VEPF will allow us to expand vaccination efforts across northeast CT and work with additional community partners. We hope those individuals who remain unvaccinated will take advantage of the many convenient opportunities that will be offered.”
The VEPF program leverages partnerships between community organizations and community vaccine providers to locate, educate, and vaccinate eligible individuals. NDDH will partner with Day Kimball Healthcare and Generations Family Health Center as community vaccine providers and eleven local agencies as community organizations. These include Access Community Action Agency; Family Resource Centers in Killingly, Plainfield, and Putnam; the Hale YMCA; Interfaith Human Services of Putnam; Project PIN; Quinebaug Valley Senior Citizens Center; Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging; TEEG and United Services.
“Community partners have been key resources for outreach and assistance in linking people to COVID-19 vaccine since our efforts began in December 2020,” commented Linda Colangelo, NDDH Education and Communications Coordinator. “We are grateful that there is funding to support these partnerships in the months ahead as we expand our efforts throughout our district.”
NDDH’s participation at a recent Pop-Up Putnam outdoor artisan and merchant open-air market was an example of the new vaccination strategy.
“NDDH is grateful to the many businesses and agencies that are willing to help us bring COVID-19 vaccination clinics to convenient locations in the months ahead,” said Amanda Sanelli, NDDH Public Health Program Specialist. “Our plan is to make COVID-19 vaccination as accessible as possible and to educate individuals and groups so they can be vaccinated with confidence. It’s important for people to understand that vaccination is the key to putting COVID-19 behind us.”
VEPF partners will meet on a weekly basis and community vaccination clinic schedules will be posted on partner websites and through traditional and social media. For more information, visit nddh.org.