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Request for Applications: Equipping Local Health Departments to Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

Jan 10, 2022 | Tori Decea

With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NACCHO is pleased to offer a funding opportunity for the Equipping Local Health Departments to Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence project that will support LHDs to improve COVID-19 vaccine confidence and address misinformation at the community level in partnership with local trusted community messengers. Through this project, LHDs will receive training, technical assistance, and other resources to increase equitable COVID-19 vaccine uptake, particularly among priority populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 disease and complications. LHDs will receive support to facilitate collaborations and partnerships with community stakeholders to support messaging for COVID-19 vaccination.

Through this funding opportunity, NACCHO will select up to twenty (20) LHDs to receive technical assistance and support to address vaccine hesitancy and increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake among priority populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 disease and complications.

Eligibility:

Applications for NACCHO’s Equipping Local Health Departments to Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence project must 1) clearly demonstrate the impact that vaccine hesitancy or misinformation specific to COVID-19 has had on a specific population or community within the local jurisdiction, 2) incorporate a plan to collaborate with community partners to develop and implement a communication strategy to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence, and 3) reflect the needs of the community in the proposed approach.

The selected LHD demonstration sites will be expected to undertake the following activities with completion no later than July 31, 2022 (Contingent on CDC approving a no cost extension, the project will continue with a contract modification and end on December 31, 2022):

  • Participate in virtual learning, technical assistance, partnership activities, and training highlighted below to openly share challenges, results and outcomes.
    • Participate in a strategic action planning training and develop an action plan that includes a communication strategy.
    • Participate in check-in calls on an as needed basis facilitated by NACCHO to review progress of planned activities and any major changes to the proposed work plan. Participants will include at least one representative from NACCHO and the awardee as well as any other stakeholders invited by the awardee or NACCHO staff.
    • Participate in scheduled monthly peer sharing and technical assistance calls facilitated by NACCHO to discuss emerging issues, lessons learned, and/or best practices.
    • Participate in monthly or bi-monthly community of practice calls.
    • Collaborate and partner with other community organizations and stakeholders to improve education and outreach to identified communities impacted by vaccine hesitancy and misinformation.
    • Contribute at least one resource, tool, or other best practice on addressing COVID-19 vaccine confidence to NACCHO’s communication platforms.
  • Participate in evaluation activities and document project outcomes. As such, recipients will be expected to conduct the following activities:
    • Develop an evaluation plan or metrics associated with identified program activities, outcomes, and goals as outlined in the project workplan.
    • Participate in NACCHO evaluation and assessment activities conducted at baseline, mid-year, and project close.
    • Submit a final report detailing the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from participation in the project.

Interested?

View the Request for Applications (RFA)

NACCHO will host an optional information webinar on Tuesday, January 18th at 3pm ET. Please register here in advance. You can find and review the recording, slides, and FAQ document on our website, following the webinar.

  • Application submission deadline: January 31, 2022, by 11:59 pm PT
  • Anticipated award notification: On or around February 7, 2022

For more information or questions, email immunization@naccho.org. To learn more about NACCHO’s Immunization work,  visit this webpage.


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